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IPL: Watson gets CSK back on winning track

CHENNAI: Shane Watson brought again reminiscences of final yr's IPL ultimate with a blazing knock that has now virtually ensured a play-off berth for Chennai Super Kings as they beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by means of six wickets right here on Tuesday.

On a massively improved Chepauk monitor, Watson roared again to sort with a 96 off 53 balls as CSK stuttered a bit in finish earlier than winning in 19.five overs.

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Watson's innings studded with nine fours and part a dozen of sixes ensured that CSK have reached the cut-off restrict of 16 points wanted for the play-off even though they want to end in the height two.

Watson's innings would also be a reduction for skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who had recommended the top-order to complete fits.

A 77-run stand between Watson and Suresh Raina (38) created the platform and the former Australia all-rounder singlehandedly decimated the Sunrisers assault.

What made it tougher for the Sunrisers used to be the truth that their strike bowler Rashid Khan used to be pulverised by means of Watson, who took him to the cleaners with 44 coming off his spell.

Sandeep Sharma used to be every other bowler, who used to be passed severe punishment as he went for 54 in three.five overs. Sandeep repeatedly bowled quick and Watson would gleefully pull him. Skipper Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/18 in 4 overs) had no choice but to bowl the 19th over and left Sandeep with nine runs to shield.

However, Kedar Jadhav literally completed the fit with a six off the second one ball that sealed the deal.

Earlier, the immensely talented Manish Pandey used to be again in his part as his unbeaten 83 off 49 balls powered Sunrisers Hyderabad to a fighting 175 for three after being put into bat.

Pandey and league's present leading run-scorer David Warner (57 off 45 balls) added 115 runs for the second one wicket to put the foundation for a decent score on what used to be the best batting monitor on offer at the Chepauk.

Veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh struck an early blow, having the in-form Jonny Bairstow stuck behind in the second one over for a duck.

He used to be the most successful bowler with figures of two for 39 in 4 overs whilst Deepak Chahar picked up the wicket of Vijay Shankar (26 off 20 balls).

Despite the early dismissal of Bairstow, the visiting crew didn't get tied down as the irrepressible Warner and Pandey stored hitting the ones obstacles and sixes. They brought up the crew's 50 in the sixth over.

Pandey who has now not been in the best sort, hit his straps, scoring freely and used to be now not afraid to head over the top. Dhoni's shuffling of the bowlers didn't make a lot of an impact as Warner and Pandey stored attacking.

Pandey used to be the first to achieve 50 in 25 balls, pulling one from Dwayne Bravo for a boundary.

Warner used to be a slightly slower in comparison to Pandey, but didn't pass over out when the opportunity presented itself and hit a couple of giant sixes.

The pugnacious Warner fell in opposition to the run of play, victim of Dhoni's trademark lightning quick stumping off a Harbhajan delivery. The Australian, who is leading the run charts this season, fell for 57 (45 balls, 3x4, 2x6) after adding 115 runs for the second one wicket with Pandey.

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