CSK vs SRH, IPL 2019: Shane Watson’s 96 helps CSK maintain their record

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Earlier, the immensely talented Manish Pandey was back in his element as his unbeaten 83 off 49 balls powered SRH to a fighting 175 for 3 after being put into bat.

Pandey and league’s current leading run-scorer David Warner (57 off 45 balls) added 115 runs for the second wicket to lay the foundation for a decent score on what was the best batting track on offer at the Chepauk.

Shane Watson gets CSK back on winning track, Watson brought back memories of last year’s IPL final with a blazing knock CSK have now almost ensured a play-off berth after they beat SRH by six wickets Watson roared back to form with a 96 off 53 balls.

Shane Watson’s innings would also be a relief for skipper Mahe Singh Dhoni.

A 77-run stand between Watson and Suresh Raina created the platform and the former Australia all-rounder single handedly 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.

Sandeep Sharma was another bowler, who was handed severe punishment as he went for 54 in 3.5 overs. Sandeep repeatedly bowled short and Watson would gleefully pull him. Skipper Bhuvneshwar had no option but to bowl the 19th over and left Sandeep with nine runs to defend.

However, Kedar Jadhav literally finished the match with a six off the second ball.