IPL 2012: Angelo Mathews praises Shane Watson's match-winning knock

Shane Watson clobbered six boundaries and four sixes during his knock of 58 AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

Jaipur: May 14, 212

Pune Warriors India all-rounder Angelo Mathews on Sunday said not much can be done when a player like Shane Watson gets going. Rajasthan Royals Watson slammed 31-ball 58 at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur to help his side post 170.

Mathews said, “Shane Watson batted brilliantly. You just can t do anything when he bats like that. He just hits the ball out of the park. It s not easy [to restrict him]. The bowlers could have done better. But when Shane Watson bats like that, we couldn t have done anything.”

The Sri Lanka all-rounder said Pune would have liked to restrict Rajasthan around 160.

“They got about 10-15 runs more […] We just couldn t get a good start. If we had a good start in the first six overs, without falling [losing too many wickets], really strictly one or two wickets [less] at least [sic] we would have got a bit closer. Then in the end, it was a bit too much to expect from the lower order,” he said.

Mathews opined that his side started off on a fine note early in the season, but lost their way later on.

“The start of the season was very good for the Pune Warriors. Winning four out of seven matches [initially] was fantastic. But the latter part [wasn t as great]. From the seventh match onwards, we were lacking. […] Not easy to describe, but we played poor cricket.”

“The bowlers bowled pretty well in patches and the batsmen started off brilliantly. […] We have been out of the tournament because of the last few games. Overall, the batsman had a good run and the bowlers have also done a pretty good job,” Mathews was quoted as saying by IPLT20.com.

Talking about his experience of playing under Sourav Ganguly, Mathews said, “He is fit and running. He is a very good captain. He is probably one of the best captains that India has produced ever, so it was a good experience playing under him.”