Ajinkya Rahane and Shane Watson put up a opening wicket partnership of 145 runs © IANS
Ajinkya Rahane and Shane Watson put up a opening wicket partnership of 145 runs © IANS

Ahmedabad: Rajasthan Royals‘ (RR) skipper Shane Watson on Sunday said the ability to “quickly sum up the conditions” was the prime reason for his side’s victory over Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015. IPL 2015: Ajinkya Rahane enjoying his batting for Rajasthan Royals

Chasing a score of 156 for the loss of four wickets, the Royals reached a winning 157 for the loss of two wickets, with 10 balls to spare with Watson alone contributed 73 to the cause.  Read: Rajasthan Royals trounce Chennai Super Kings by 8 wickets in IPL 2015 Match 15

“The pitch was a little bit slow and little bit dry, but we summed up the conditions pretty quickly and the bowlers bowled well to give ourselves the best chance,” the Australian all-rounder said at the post-match presentation ceremony. Full Scorecard: Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) IPL 2015 Match 14

Again praising the efforts of the bowlers, who helped restrict the opposition to a below-par total, he said, “Chris Morris was exceptional, picking up early wickets against CSK is very important. The bowlers executed the plans superbly.”

“We are getting better every year, the people we brought in continue to complement the squad, everyone enjoys the atmosphere at the Royals,” he said.

Asked about taking over the reins from Steve Smith, who was the stand-in captain, he quipped, “I didn’t ask him (about getting captaincy back from Smith), but as a caretaker he did a splendid job.”