Shane Watson’s thrilling 96 helps Chennai Super Kings top spot

Shane Watson brought back memories of last year’s IPL final with a blazing knock. It has now almost ensured a playoff berth for Chennai Super Kings as they beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by six wickets in Chennai on Tuesday. On a vastly improved Chepauk track, Watson roared back to form with a 96 off 53 balls. As CSK stuttered a bit in end before winning in 19.5 overs. Watson’s innings studded with nine fours and half a dozen sixes ensured. CSK has reached the cut-off limit of 16 points needed for the play-off even though they would like to finish in the top two.

Watson’s innings would also be a relief for skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni. That had urged the top order to finish matches. A 77-run stand between Watson and Suresh Raina (38) created the platform. The former Australia all-rounder singlehandedly decimated the Sunrisers attack. What made it more difficult for the Sunrisers was the fact that their strike bowler Rashid Khan was pulverised by Watson, who took him to the cleaners with 44 coming off his spell.

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