April 23, 2013
Shane Watson struck a superb century for the Rajasthan Royals but ended up on the losing side after Chennai Super Kings chased 186 runs for victory in the IPL in Chennai.
Batting first the Royals made a very competitive 186-5 from their 20 overs, largely thanks to Watson whose century came from just 61 balls, including 6 fours and 6 sixes.
R.Ashwin was yet again outstanding with the ball for the Super Kings, taking 2-20 from his 4 overs. The same could not be said for fellow spinner Ravi Jadeja who bowled 3 overs at a cost of 45 runs.
Mike Hussey led the way in the chase for the Super Kings with 88 from just 51 balls. The Western Australian seems to be getting better with every innings and will no doubt be a huge loss for Australia come the Ashes.
There was also contributions from Suresh Raina who played nicely for 51, and Dwayne Bravo (15*) made sure of the victory with a ball to spare after hitting Watson himself over extra cover for six in the final over.
Despite finishing on the losing side, Watson, after stepping down from the Australian vice captaincy would have been pleased with this return to form, and his century was his first in this form of the game.
The Scoop 23/04/2013