Chennai: It rarely happens in T20 cricket that a team loses despite one of its batsman score a hundred. But the IPL 6 witnessed such a game on Monday when Shane Watson's brilliant 61-ball 101 went in vain as his side, Rajasthan Royals, ended up on a losing side. The allrounder rued that they couldn't execute their plans well and that led to their downfall.
"Few things went my way with the bat but you'd take that back for a win. We knew that was a lot of runs on that wicket but we knew they have a long batting order and we would have to bowl well, but we could not execute well," Watson said after Rajasthan's five wickets loss to Chennai Super Kings on Monday.
Though Rajasthan posted a huge 185, they could not defend the total as most of their bowlers went for plenty of runs. Australian allrounder James Faulkner was the only exception as he picked up three wickets for just 20 runs.
Watson also bowled in Monday's encounter. Though he leaked 21 runs - including 11 runs which were needed in the last over of the Chennai innings - in his 1.5 overs, he said he had bowled after a long gap and hoped that it would come better in the future games. [My bowling] has been something I have been missing last three months, could not do it today. Hopefully it will come out better."
Mike Hussey, who was adjudged Man of the Match for his 51-ball 88, said: "Good batting condtions, best batting pitch we have had here this season. Needed a bit of luck along the way. Suresh was in the zone today, was finding the boundary at will."
Rahul Dravid, Rajasthan's captain, was disappointed as his team could not defend such a big total. "Very pleased [with 185]. One of the finest T20 innings from Watto, in humid conditions. Early on, we missed it a bit [with the ball]. You felt they always had the team. Every time we got a wicket, someone came in and got a six."
Due to the changed nature of the Chepauk pitch, CSK have found it difficult to win the home matches in IPL 6 and so MS Dhoni was pleased the way his team chased down a difficult total. "When opposition scores 185, 90% it will go into the last over. It got close but Bravo did well. Hussey gave the start, he and Raina gave us the platform. Always important to win at home as you know the conditions better. Was a good wicket, groundsmen are trying their best and we are trying to adapt."