Shane Watson scored a ton as he led Rajasthan Royals to a nine run victory over the Kolkata Knight Riders in their Indian Premier League encounter in Mumbai on Saturday. The Rajasthan openers got off to a flyer start taking their score to 66/0 before they lost Ajinkya Rahane who was run out for 37. Watson was joined by Steve Smith and together they were able to bat their side into a comfortable position with the score on 110/1.
Watson went on bring up his half century before Smith (14) departed when he hit one from Andre Russell straight to Morne Morkel (0/38) at short fine leg. Russell (3/32) continued his carnage by dismissing Sanju Samson (8) and James Faulkner (7) to leave the men in blue on 140/4. Karun Nair managed 16 runs alongside the established Watson before he perished and Chris Morris made four before he was run out off the last ball of the innings.
The rock of the innings was the Aussie opener who despite losing partners at the other end continued to cause problems for the opposition scoring at will and he went on to bring up a ton as the Rajasthani outfit managed 199/6 at the end of their innings. In reply KKR lost the two early wickets of their skipper Gautam Gambhir (1) in the first over and Robin Uthappa (14) who was aiming to clear the inner ring but instead found the man at mid-off as they found themselves on 21/2.
The Knight Riders managed to get to 77/2 before they lost Manish Pandey for 21. Yusuf Pathan and Andre Russell were the men at the crease and they were able to reduce the deficit to 69 off 42 before Russell departed for 37. The men in purple and gold lost a hand full of wickets; Suryakumar Yadhav (0) who only faced one ball before he was back in the shed followed by Pathan who fell four runs short of a half century, Azar Mahmood (6) and Piyush Chawla (0) as they found themselves on 158/8.
The final wicket to fall was that of Shakib Al Hasan for 13 as they ended on 190/9, ten runs short.