Watson, Tait lift Royals

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AUSTRALIANS Shane Watson and Shaun Tait powered Rajasthan Royals to a seven-wicket victory over Pune Warriors in the Indian Premier League on Tuesday, and Kings XI Punjab beat the Deccan Chargers by 25 runs.

Watson smashed an unbeaten 90 as Rajasthan made 3-126 in only 16.2 overs after Tait had taken 3-13 to help restrict the home side to a meagre 6-125 at Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium.

Watson hammered four sixes and 10 fours from 51 balls against the hapless Sourav Ganguly-led side. Watson, who came in to bat at No 3, belted left-arm spinner Murali Kartik for 16 in an over and took 15 off five deliveries from pace bowler Ashish Nehra.

The all-rounder's dominance was demonstrated by the next highest scorer for his team being Ashok Menaria with 18.

“The wicket was a bit slow, I suppose it was my night tonight,” Watson said. “I just back myself. I have a clear mind and try to hit straight.”

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