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SportHow Shane Watson battled through injury to ensure IPL final thriller

03:30  14 may  2019
03:30  14 may  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Shane Robert Watson (born 17 June 1981) is an Australian international cricketer who has played for Australia’s national cricket team and currently plays for Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super

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Shane Watson's heroics in the IPL final weren't enough as his Chennai Super Kings went down in a final-ball thriller.

However, it wasn't without effort, blood and guts by the veteran Aussie - literally.

Watson top-scored for the match with a defiant 59-ball 80, but was run out in the final over with victory in sight.

It would take a Lasith Malinga slower ball to help Mumbai Indians seal their fourth IPL title on the final ball of the match.

However, in the immediate, crazed aftermath of the wild one-run result, it was easy to ignore that Watson toiled through injury en route to his brave half-century.

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A half-century from Shane Watson has helped the Chennai Super Kings topple the Delhi Capitals by six wickets and set up an explosive Indian Premier League final against Mumbai IPL : The Chennai Super Kings have made the final of the IPL off the back of a six wicket win over the Delhi Capitals.

To conquer international cricket, Shane Watson first had to beat his fragile body. Not through recurrences of back stress fractures, hamstring strains, calf problems, hip complaints, a dislocated shoulder or a suspected heart attack that turned out to be food poisoning.

Watson - who recently confirmed his BBL retirement - gave his all for the Super Kings with a bleeding knee, which turned his yellow dacks red.

Teammate Harbhajan Singh zeroed in on the injury on his Instagram story, bringing light to Watson's plight.

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"Can you guys see the blood on his knee… he got six stitches after the game... got injured while diving but continue to bat without telling anyone," Harbhajan wrote.

"That’s our @srwatson33. Almost pulled it off for us last night."

Watson rose to lofty heights with Chennai 12 months ago when he scored a century in the final to help the franchise to its third IPL crown.

On Sunday, with title No. 4 for the taking for either side, Chennai battled to keep Mumbai to 149.

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Shane Watson 's ruthless century steered Chennai Super Kings to their third IPL title as they overcame Sunrisers Hyderabad by eight wickets in Mumbai. Watson blazed 117 not out from 57 deliveries - the highest score ever made in an IPL final - to guide MS Dhoni's side to victory with nine balls to spare.

However, the reigning champions lost their way in the middle overs, with Chennai 4/82 after 12.4 overs.

From there, Watson - despite his injury - took the game to Mumbai and combined with Dwayne Bravo to bring Chennai to within five runs from three balls when he was run out.

Presumably, off a slow turn, it was the knee injury that hampered Watson's effort before the run out, and he was visibly disappointed when he was caught short.

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