Watson leads Royals to three-wicket win

Published: Monday, May 12, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Jaipur: Shane Watson played a breathtaking innings with some high-voltage cricketing shots to lead his side Rajastan Royals to a tense three-wicket win over Delhi Daredevils in their Indian Premier League tie at Sawai Mansingh Stadium here tonight.

Chasing 157 to win, though Smith scored 27, all the Royals batsmen failed to apply themselves on a pitch that looked like even 180 would be an easily attainable target before Watson scored 74 off 40 balls. Watson's flamboyant knock was studded with five hits to the fence and equal number of hits for the maximum.


Rajasthan Royals overhauled the score losing seven wickets in 19.5 overs. Shane Watson, who took 2 wicket for 21 earlier, blasted 74 runs off 40 balls with five fours and as many sixes.

Rajassthan Royals has thus avenged their defeat against Delhi in the first round. This is the seventh Rajasthan Royals victory in nine matches they have played so far and they continued to be on top in the table. They now needed only one more victory to ensure their entry into the semi final. Delhi Daredevils has suffered fourth defeat in 8 matches.

Chasing the target, Rajasthan Royals made a shaky start as they lost a quick wicket of Yusuf Pathan who was run out for 8 after facing 13 deliveries. New comer Mohammed Kaif too was run out for one, which put the following batsmen under tremendous pressure. This was evident from the fact that Rajasthan could make only 16 in first five overs.

Graem Smith and Shane Watson then took the charge and the later went on attacking all the bowlers emplyed by skipper Virendra Sehwag. Watson was in devastaing form today with the luck also favouring him and his team as he was dropped on 26 by Sehwag off Yomahesh. Unperturbed by this, he used his long handle and clouted five sixes and equal number of fours. He was ultimately run out on 74.He had earlier completed his 50 in 32 balls with three sixes and three fours.

After his departure; Rajathan Royals needed 7 runs to win from 12 balls which they achieved. Earlier to this; R Jadeja, Dimitri Mascarenhas and Shane Warne contributed six, nine and 11 runs respectively. Opener Graeme Smith was initially slow but later he too played attacking shot and was out for 24 off 27 balls with three fours off Amit Mishra caught by Yo Mahesh. Mishra was most successful bowler for Delhi taking 2 for 27, MeCgrath was the most economic bowler conceding only 12 runs in 4 overs.

With inputs from UNI

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