Shane Watson: Stuart Binny has been amazing with bat and ball

Shane Watson(L) and Stuart Binny shared 93-runs for the fifth wicket against Chennai Super Kings © PTI

Jaipur: May 13, 2013

Shane Watson and Stuart Binny pulled off a comprehensive five-wicket win over the Chennai Super Kings in their last match at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium to maintain their unbeaten streak at home. The 93-run fifth wicket partnership was put up after Rajasthan were tottering at four wickets for 45 runs chasing 142.  In the 11th over the duo went berserk, claiming 23 runs off Ravichandran Ashwin and never looked back. Binny who has been finishing matches for the Royals’ scored 23-ball 41 while Watson’s belligerent 70 off 34 balls took the game away from the visitors.

Watson hit half a dozen sixes while Binny hit three to take the attack to the Chennai Super Kings. Their onslaught to on Ashwin tilted the match in their favour and they steadily seized the advantage from MS Dhoni’s team. Watson spoke to after his match-winning performance.

What does Watson feel about the unbeaten streak at home? “We have had a lot of success here, lot like the first year I played here. We certainly know the conditions well and most importantly we have got a really good team at the moment. We have got lot of depth throughout our whole squad. Everyone is chipping in when we need to, so it is working out nicely,” said the Rajasthan all-rounder.

Binny has had decent outings finishing games for Rajasthan. Watson praised Binny and said: “Stuy [Stuart] has been amazing, both with the bat and the ball even on Sunday he bowled beautifully. The conditions suited him beautifully. He swung the ball nicely and with the bat he just comes out and finds the boundary very much straight away. That certainly takes a lot of pressure off me. Initially when he first came out, I suppose that over from [Ravichandran] Ashwin was going to be really important to be able to try and pull that run rate back a little bit.”

Watson and Binny took  Rajasthan to the safety shores after they had lost four early wickets.”We didn’t talk that much to be honest. We knew instinctively that Ashwin was going to be someone we have to really try and score runs off. We had to get a big over through that period of time over that one, two or three overs. It just worked out that Stuy got a six, which meant that we could try and take that over and get that big over that we really needed,” said the swashbucling Australian all-rounder.

The duo attacked Chennai’s premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. “We were struggling to try and find the boundary. It just worked out nicely that Ashwin came on and bowled a couple of balls that we were still looking for. In the end it was, I suppose to bat on instinct like myself and Stuy were doing with the hope he bowls in the areas that were luckily in our favour,” told Watson.

Watson looked comfortable against the Chennai attack. Watson said: “It took me a little while to get going. There was a little bit in the wicket early so initially I was a little bit hesitant to try and take any risk but in the end I knew I needed to as the run rate was getting up high. I knew we had to start to take a few risks and when I did, it started to come off nicely, so it was just one of those days you dream off that everything you try, every shot that you are hoping for comes your way and it did on Sunday night.”

Rajasthan would have taken pole position had they achieved the target in 16 overs. Watson said: “No, I didn’t know that. But we were trying to finish the game as quickly as we could. As soon as we got down below run-a-ball we knew we were comfortably placed with wickets in hand. We knew that we had to try and score quickly so that is we started swinging too hard in the end to try and get our run-rate up.”

Time and again Rajasthan are tampering with their batting line-up. On Sunday they sent James Faulkner at No 3.  “The thought was that there was going to be a bit of pace and bounce in the wicket and also maybe a little bit of seam with the new ball. Jimmy Faulkner certainly knows how to bat in those sort of conditions, batting where he does back in Australia. So we thought, that would have been a good option. It didn’t work out but that’s okay, we knew the reason why we were doing it and what it could have provide for the team. But on other days it has worked, like having Sanju V up at No 3 and it paid off. So we just wanted to give it a try and hope that it comes off but unfortunately it didn’t,” said Watson the man of the match.

Royals seemed to have plans against Chennai batsman. “You always have a few plans and you hope that they come off. You bowl well enough, good balls to try and get them out so it was just one of the days that our plans worked which is nice,” said Watson.

With two games remaining Rajasthan’s lone centurion said: “The most important thing is to keep playing good cricket. We played Mumbai Indians here at home and beat them very convincingly in the last game. So we know exactly what we have to do to beat Mumbai Indians. We have had a bit of success in Mumbai the last few years as well in the Wankhede Stadium. It is a beautiful wicket so I am looking forward to playing there.”

Watson said Rajasthan has a lot of scope for improvement. “You always try to get better every single game. Batting-wise we have been controlling the innings really well. Partnerships have been amazing with Rahul (Dravid) and Ajinkya Rahane and we know that everyone is going to chip in at some stage and on one day it is going to be our day. I think bowling wise we are certainly bowling better towards the end of our bowling innings as well. We have got to continue to improve in a few little areas but we certainly got good momentum at the moment.”