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Watson’s stupendous form arrival propel CSK to table-topping victory

In the 41st match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 expedition, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) came back to winning ways with an amazing 6-wicket victory over the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. The match saw two great performers of the IPL coming back in form and that too after a long time. SRH registered an imposing first innings total due to David Warner and Manish Pandey’s sensational knocks. Pandey announced his form arrival in style. However, in the second innings, it was the CSK opener, Shane Watson, who completely outweighed everybody else with his scintillating knock which in turn powered CSK to a splendid victory. With this win, CSK are back at the top position on the points table. 

Pandey and Warner’s sizzling knocks takes SRH to 175

After losing the toss and being put in to bat first, SRH got dealt with a massive blow as their in-form opener Jonny Bairstow, who was playing his last game of this season, got dismissed in just the second over of the innings. The duo comprising of David Warner and the returning Manish Pandey then joined hands to bail their team out of the troublesome situation. The pair of Warner and Pandey batted with great sense of responsibility and also blistered runs at a quick pace. The duo stitched a magnificent partnership of 115 runs before Warner got dismissed for a 45-ball 57, off a beautiful delivery bowled by CSK off-spinner Harbhajan Singh.

However, even after losing out his partner, Pandey kept on with his aggressive and attacking brand of cricket, notching up an excellent half-century in just 25 balls, which was his first this season. Pandey and Vijay Shankar then controlled SRH’s innings towards the business end of the game. Pandey, who was returning after being dropped due to poor form, remained unbeaten till the end of the innings, compiling a brilliant knock of 83 runs off only 49 balls which included 7 fours and 3 sixes and in turn propelling SRH to an imposing impressive first innings total of 175 runs. For CSK, Harbhajan scalped two crucial wickets but gave away too many runs.

Watson’s brilliant knock powers CSK in the chase

In the second innings, CSK got off to a poor start as well with Faf du Plessis getting dismissed in the third over with just three runs on the board. The pair of Suresh Raina and Shane Watson then resurrected the CSK innings with an excellent partnership of 77 runs and that too at a quick pace. SRH bowler Rashid Khan brought his team back in the game, dismissing Raina in the 10th over. However, Watson, who was heavily out-of-form before this match, looked to be in a dazzling mood, notching up his first fifty of the season to keep his team alive in the run-chase.

After getting to fifty, Watson started unveiling his true colours, smashing the SRH bowlers all around the park. The CSK opener compiled a staggering knock of 96 runs off just 53 balls which consisted of 9 fours and 6 sixes. Bhuvneshwar Kumar then bowled a beautiful delivery to restrict Watson’s century. However, before getting out, he had already done the hardwork. The game did become a little bit tensed at the end, but then Kedar Jadhav held on  his nerves to power CSK towards a remarkable win.

Brief Scores:

SRH: 175/3 in 20 overs (Manish Pandey-83*, David Warnere-57, Harbhajan Singh

CSK: 176/4 in 19.5 overs (Shane Watson-96, Suresh Raina-38; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 1/18)

Result: Chennai Super Kings won the match by 6 wickets.