The Australian Shane Watson did what he does the best for his national team. He finished the game in a clinical fashion and ensured that this team reached the top four. Though Watson joined the team late, his presence and contribution to Rajasthan royals from Shane Warne Era has been phenomenal. He does not need more matches to prove his worth, but today’s performance was a reminder of the fact that why the Australian is such a feared batsmen across the continents.
After the loss of Rahane and dravid, the onus shifted on Shane shoulder and he did not disappoint the captain. But things would have been different had the australian been out on 11. Smith was about to catch the ball but realizing that he was over the rope he threw the ball up. But according to new rules it was a six as smith was airborne and was outside the ground. Good lifeline for Watson and end of fortunes for Ganguly men.
After getting a breather, Watson started playing his normal game. He was fluently timing the balls across the boundaries compared to the national team compatriot Clarke playing in the opposition camp. The credit definitely goes to the Watson for building the pressure on Pune bowlers. Whatever the bowlers tried, Watson had an answer.
Pune bowler Nehra was hit for two leg side fours and a six at fine leg to bring the Australian's half century. Watson contributed 90 runs of the 126 runs needed by Rajasthan team. His contribution was flooded with 4 sixes and 10 fours compared to the only 4 fours that home team could manage.
Needing an easy target, Watson innings ensured that this match did not turn out to be a match till the last ball. Well played and definitely a good choice for today’s man of match. With Rajasthan team sitting at fourth position, Dravid will be happy that Watson delivered the match winning performance despite the quick loss of Rahane. In the bowling department too, the Royals kept a good line. A right momentum for Royals and Watson.