Watson batted with bleeding knee in IPL final: Harbhajan

Hyderabad: Chennai Super Kings' Shane Watson gets run out during the Final match of IPL 2019 between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad, on May 12, 2019. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

New Delhi: Shane Watson, who scored a valiant 80 for the Chennai Super Kings in the finals of the just concluded Indian Premier League (IPL) which CSK lost to Mumbai Indians, batted all the way battling an injury, reveals his teammate Harbhajan Singh.

Watson almost proved the saviour in the cliffhanger chase, playing a sensational 59-ball knock in an almost one-man show as CSK tried to chase down Mumbai’s 8/149 on Sunday at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.

The Australian almost pulled off the miracle to win the fourth IPL trophy for the Yellow Brigade who fell short by just one run.

Singh on Monday posted a photo on his Instagram showing the Australian on bended knee, flaying a ball through the off-side.

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Mumbai: Chennai Super Kings’s Shane Watson celebrates his century during​ the final match of IPL 2018 between Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad, at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on May 27, 2018. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

In the image, one can see a large patch of blood on Watson’s left upper thigh and Singh revealed how the opening batsman wasn’t going to be stopped by the wound.

“Can you guys see the blood on his knee,” Singh wrote. “He got 6 stitches after the game… got injured while diving but continue (sic) to bat without telling anyone.

“That’s our @srwatson33, almost pulled it (off) for us last night,” he added.

Watson fought valiantly for Chennai but couldn’t take his team over the line as CSK was bowled out for 148 with Lasith Malinga brilliantly bowling the final over defending 8 runs off it to see his side clinch the IPL title for a record fourth time.