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IPL 2018: Shane Watson scores fiery 78 for Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Daredevils

Shane Watson scored a quick-fire half-century for Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Daredevils in their IPL 2018 match at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Monday.

cricket Updated: Apr 30, 2018 23:52 IST
Rajesh Pansare
Rajesh Pansare
Hindustan Times, Pune
IPL 2018,Shane Watson,Chennai Super Kings
Shane Watson raises his bat after scoring a fifty during the Indian Premier League 2018 (IPL 2018) match between Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Daredevils at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Cricket Stadium, Pune on 30th April 2018. (BCCI)

Shane Watson scored a stunning fifty to give Chennai Super Kings a fiery start against the Delhi Daredevils in the 30th match of the Indian Premier League at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Monday. (Highlights)

Watson earlier had scored a stunning century on the same ground against the Rajasthan Royals, which was also Super Kings first match in Pune after their matches were shifted from Chennai. (SCORECARD)

Watson’s knock came off 25 balls and included six sixes and two boundaries. CSK lost other opener Faf du Plessis shortly after Watson brought up his half-century.

In space of 14 balls between overs 4.3 and 6.4 Super Kings hit six sixes -- five of which were hit by Watson, to up the ante after Daredevils had managed to bowl four decent overs in the beginning.

Watson was particularly lethal on Liam Plunkett whom he hit for four sixes during that period. In his first two overs Plunkett conceded 35 runs. They brought the fifty partnerships in 5.2 over to lay the foundation for Super Kings to build on.

Faf Du Plessis was playing anchor’s role as Watson went about shredding Daredevils bowlers. The South African skipper also hit some super shots in between to keep the scorecard ticking.

Watson was eventually dismissed on 78 by Amit Mishra, but by then he had already given his team a solid platform from which to build on. CSK won the match by 13 runs.

First Published: Apr 30, 2018 20:54 IST