The Aussie effect seems to be going great guns for Rajasthan Royals as the pair of Watson and Tait have featured in both the wins that put RR back in the top four.
It was a rather one sided match since the first ball was bowled.Choosing to bat first,the Pune Warriors openers got off to a cautious start but whenever they tried to accelerate , a wicket fell which put the brakes on. Only one batsman managed to reach 30,Majumdar, which showed how well the bowlers bowled. Shaun Tait was phenomenal with the ball as he gave away only 13 runs for 3 wickets in his four overs. Only five boundaries were conceded by the royals which is the least in this season of the IPL so far.
The positive thing about Tait was that although he can easily bowl at 150 km/hr,he bowled around 140-145 which gave him much more control. At 150,he has the tendency to bowl wides down the leg side and his intention was to give away minimal number of runs while forcing the batsmen to play on the back foot. The privilege of having a real,quality fast bowler in your armoury is a great gift for any captain.
The contender for the orange cap,Rahane, was dismissed for a duck as Steve Smith took a blinder of a catch at point. Without a shadow of a doubt, Steve “Superman” Smith is one of the young players of the tournament for me irrespective of the number of runs he has scored. He gives his everything in the field,comes to bat at impossible situations and steers his team to victory.After Rahane’s dismissal, Watson came in next and then the pounding began. He started with a little push over long on that went sailing over the boundary rope. He followed it with a late cut which raced to the boundary and after that there was no stopping Shane Watson. He lost Dravid quicky and this was the first time in nine innings that he was dismissed at a score of less than 25. All RR batsmen had to do was knock the ball around for a single and find the occasional boundary which Watson did with relative ease.In a total of 126,Watson scored 90 which just tells us how much he dominated the proceedings.
The victory now puts them in the fourth position.In a couple of days from now,they will face off against Chennai Super Kings which will probably tell us which team will make the cut for the play offs.