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I watched him play the match.

I saw him run away towards the forest.

Why not 'runs' and 'plays' is used for that 'him'?

  • They're infinitives, with their subjects raised to objects. – StoneyB Jul 4 '16 at 16:26
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The verbs see, hear, watch and feel are followed either by an object + base form (infinitive without to) to talk about a completed action, or object + -ing form to talk about an action in progress.

This is why your sentences are correct:

I watched him play the match. (NOT I watched him plays the match.)
I saw him run away towards the forest. (NOT I saw him runs away towards the forest.)

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