Jaipur: Apr 27, 2013

Shane Watson played a devastating knock for the second time in two games, and this time in a winning cause as Rajasthan Royals beat the Sunrisers Hyderabad by 8-wickets in the Indian Premier League.

Watson, who scored a splendid century century against the Chennai Super Kings carried his good form forward and scored an unbeaten 98 off just 53 deliveries. His knock was laced with 13 fours and four sixes. He found able support in Dravid who managed 36 off 35 deliveries himself.

On a wicket that seemed to have something for the faster bowlers, Dale Steyn’s start gave Kumar Sangakkara hopes of another upset. Steyn bowled a few brilliant deliveries at fiery pace to trouble the Rajasthan batsmen. He got rid of Ajinkya Rahane early on that prompted Sangakkara to give him his third over in a row.

But Dravid and Watson put all their experience on the line and saw off Steyn’s first spell to consolidate later. Between the two, Watson played the role of the aggressor and dispatched even marginal loose delivery to the fence. The duo marched on to 53 for one at the halfway stage with Rajasthan still needing 92 from the remaining 60 deliveries. But a poor over from Mishra followed that put Rajasthan back on top. He went for 17 runs as both Watson and Dravid slammed a six each. The duo added 74 runs for the second wicket.

Dravid was throwing his bat at almost everything and was dismissed in a rather uncharacteristic manner when he was caught at deep midwicket.