Shane Watson, who went through a meager patch in the IPL 2020 ahead of Sunday’s game, got back into form and played a match-winning knockout of 83 runs from 53 balls against Kings XI Punjab. The opening duo of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) of Watson and Faf du Plessis (87 of 53 balls) sewed an unbeaten partnership of 181 runs, giving last season’s runner-up a massive 10 wicket win over KXIP. While Watson’s dominance with the bat was one of many post-match discussion points, it was his prediction for the match that went viral on social media, with CSK fans sharing the screenshot of Watson’s tweet in great numbers.
The day before their match, Watson tweeted, “The perfect game for @ChennaiIPL is coming !!! @ChennaiIPL #WhistlePodu #Yellove”.
– Shane Watson (@ ShaneRWatson33) October 3, 2020
Watson made sure to keep his “perfect game” promise and bring a smile back to all of their fans who were disappointed after three consecutive defeats. CSK chased the total with 14 balls left and also registered the second-highest opening partnership in a 10-wicket win in the process.
Following the game, the official Indian Premier League (IPL) Twitter manager also shared a post praising Watson and his foresight and delivering on his promise.
“He predicted. He executed. He proved he was right @ ShaneRWatson33 @ChennaiIPL # Dream11IPL,” tweeted IPL.
– IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) October 4, 2020
Delighted with the win, CSK fans took to social media to praise Watson and his sublime knock. Many fans also praised skipper MS Dhoni for sticking with Watson despite a string of failures in the first four games.
Here’s how fans responded:
– RajiniReacts (@rajinireacts) October 3, 2020
That’s the kind of trust one gets when he has that #Dhoni support him and believe in him.
What a spectacular innings round #Watson shut up all doubters without coming up with a single excuse, or if I may let them ‘Slayed Them With His Performance’.
– Aditya Singh Rawat (@ Catslayer_999) October 4, 2020
I want Watson shane tonight: pic.twitter.com/CSLVIzCeK2
– Yash Manglani (@ YashManglani17) October 4, 2020
– Binu D Bloods CSK (@BinuBloods) October 4, 2020
He fulfilled his promise to Watson pic.twitter.com/PHL7hpzBbP
– Shakal (@ shakal63) October 4, 2020
Watson also said coach Stephen Fleming and MS Dhoni don’t lose faith in the players that easily as they know the caliber of each player in the roster and support them to get right when the situation demands it most.
“What Fleming and MS Dhoni are doing is incredible. They trust the players, they trust the quality and caliber of their players. They know that if they keep that trust, things will definitely change,” Watson said in a video. Faf du Plessis. uploaded at iplt20.com.
This was CSK’s second win in five games and they jumped to sixth place in the IPL 2020 points table. They will then face Kolkata Knight Riders in Abu Dhabi on October 7.
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