Watson wins IPL crown for Chennai Super Kings in final

28 May, 2018, 15:28 | Author: Virgil Todd
  • Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Kane Williamson ahead of today’s IPL final

Shane Watson smashed a dominant century in the IPL final overnight, nearly singlehandedly getting his team, Chennai Super Kings, over the line against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Captain Kane Williamson earlier became only the fifth player to make 700 runs in an IPL season, the New Zealand global scoring 47 in the Sunrisers' total of 178-6. To get a special season especially after the last season with RCB. Led by MS Dhoni, CSK defied all odds and clinched their third championship on Sunday, beating Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in emphatic fashion in the final at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.

Shane Watson during the IPL final match.

Dhoni captained Rising Pune Supergiant in 2016 and 2017 before re-uniting with Chennai.

The former Australia all-rounder produced a masterclass of clean striking in Mumbai, hitting eight sixes and 11 fours to seal another IPL crown for Chennai on their return to the tournament following a two-year absence following corruption charges.

Instead, they slipped to a fourth straight defeat to the Super Kings in the 2018 season as the top two teams from the league stage battled it out for the title. "I am proud of the way experienced players showed their value".

"We thought it'll be a competitive total but the pitch did hold a bit", Williamson said. "In a way that's validated our faith in them". A lot of desire and the best people to deal with that were men who had experienced it before.

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But Dhoni acknowledged that he could not push his whole team to run like a 20-year-old. "We got some criticism, but we believed that was our best chance of winning".

Watson played ten dots before opening his account.

"We always said experience will get the better of youth", said Bravo.

Indian captain Virat Kohli who turns out for the Royal Challengers Bangalore is only 37 runs behind Raina. "Throughout the back end of the tournament I was hanging on for dear life, Stephen Fleming and MS Dhoni have been looking after me really well and I am really glad to contribute like I did tonight", he added.

When India belatedly embraced Twenty20 cricket 12 years ago, Yuvraj's rise to greatness in the limited-overs format appeared just a matter of time.

Suresh Raina, 31, who shared a crucial 117-run second wicket stand with Watson, praised his partner and Dhoni's "inspiring captaincy" for Chennai's triumph.

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