Watto Man is back. And he is back with a bang. The commentators, the media, the experts, and even the fans wrote him off. And guess what? The Aussie veteran is back at his absolute best. Chasing a mammoth total of 179, CSK finished it off in just 17.4 overs courtesy of an unbeaten outstanding partnership between Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson. As a cherry to the cake, Watson astonished everyone with a humungous 101-meter six in the 9th over of the match.
CSK opener Shane Watson was struggling form, coming into this important encounter against KXIP. In the last four matches, he and his then fellow opener Murali Vijay had been guilty of not stitching together much-needed partnerships at the top of the batting order. This led to huge criticism against Watson and even led to the dropping of Mural Vijay from the eleven after CSK succumbed to a hat-trick of losses.
And now it’s time for all those critics to shut their mouth. Chasing a mammoth total of 179, the former Australian all-rounder got back to his vintage form, as he thrashed each and every KXIP bowler out of the park. The most stunning of those moments came in the 9th over of the match, when he slog-swept a googly of young Bishnoi to the top-tier. He bent on his knees and whacked it in a typical Watson style.
After being set a target of 179 by KL Rahul and co, CSK unlike their usual self started their innings on a positive note. Both the openers Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis played the KXIP bowlers with great ease. They went on to cross the century partnership and even finished the innings unbeaten. Both these veterans stitched together an un-imaginable score of 181, falling only just 3 runs short of the all-time IPL record for the highest opening partnership set by KKR’s Gautam Gambhir and Chris Lynn. Watson remained not out on 83, whereas Faf as always showed his consistency and remained unbeaten on 87. Courtesy of their efforts CSK got back to winnings ways and have broken the deadlocks.
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