Watson half century rescues Royals
Shane Watson made the Deccan Chargers pay scoring an half century after being dropped on 8 to help the Rajasthan Royals reach 159 against the defending champs.
Having won the toss the Royals decided to bat first as the game got off to a frantic start with Ryan Harris in the middle of the action after dropping Michael Lumb in the first over before the Englishman had scored.
Harris juggle the ball before catching it on his third attempt just as the ball hit the floor, all though Lumb walked he was called back by umpire Simon Taufel after TV replays showed the ball hit the floor.
Lumb made Harris pay by smashing 2 boundaries and a massive six over long off before the fast bowler got his revenge in the third over when he caught Lumb out of the boundary to give RP Singh the break through.
Amazingly Harris was involved again 2 balls later with another catch as Naman Ojha (1) was dismissed cheaply to leave the Royals 17-2.
Faiz Fazal and Shane Watson responded well after the loss of the two earlier wickets by building a 3rd wicket partnership of 77 which saw the Royals start to increase the pressure on the Chargers bowlers.
The home side struck back though with Pragyan Ojha dismissing Fazal (36) before danger man Yusuf Pathan (5) was caught by VVS Laxman to give Harris his first wicket of the day.
The Royals continued to lose wickets at regular intervals but with Watson (58) still at the crease the visitors maintained their run rate until the Aussie became Singh’s third victim of the night to leave the visitors 136-7.
The Royals innings started to fizzle out after Watson’s contribution as they slumped to 159 all out to leave the Chargers on top in a must win game for both teams.