Mumbai Indians v Rajasthan Royals IPL 2011: Watson puts Mumbai in trouble
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With the league stage almost over, you would not have thought of this situation to appear. What was being considered as a battle between Kolkata and Punjab has now suddenly taken a whole new turn.
The Mumbai Indians after their fantastic performance in the league are now working hard towards making sure that they give their opponents a fair chance too even if it is at their own cost.
But you cannot put the entire blame on Mumbai though. It is a well known fact that when Shane Watson performs with the bat the opposition rarely stands a chance.
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Well what had not happened in the IPL so far finally took place as the much expected Shane Watson innings eventually came to fore and even if does not make any difference to the future of Rajasthan in the league, it certainly places Mumbai in a very dicey situation.
As the junior Shane over shadowed the other Shane’s last match of the IPL, Mumbai was left searching for a reply after being defeated by 10 wickets.
The Australian all rounder scored 89 runs off just 47 balls, cracking nine fours and six sixes. He was well supported by veteran Indian batsman Rahul Dravid from the other end who also managed to score a breezy 43 off 32 balls.
Watson’s heroics with the bat was just like icing on the cake as the man had already made a win pretty much possible by rattling the Mumbai batting in the first innings.
In his four overs, Watson took three wickets and gave away only 19 runs. As a result of some fantastic bowling, mainly by Watson, Ankeet Chavan, Johan Botha and Shane Warne himself, the Mumbai Indians could only manage 133 in their 20 overs.
Rohit Sharma was the pick of the batsmen in Mumbai with his score of 58 off 47 balls. The Mumbai batsman was undone by Warne as he took the last wicket of his glorious competitive career.
All in all it was a game that belonged to Shane Watson completely and had he done the same thing a couple of Matches back it would have been a different situation for the Royals.
A befitting farewell to the legendary spinner with whom an era ended as well. Good by Shane Warne! Cricket will never be the same without you.
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