Shane Watson, after an unusually slow start, bounced back to take the Chennai Super Kings to a commanding win over the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the all-important finals of the Indian Premier League last night.
Chasing a score of 179, the Chennai Super Kings won the game by 8 wickets with 9 deliveries remaining.
Sunrisers Hyderabad, after being put on to bat first, were off to a cautious start before Kane Williamson and Shikhar Dhawan started accelerating in the middle overs of the innings. Williamson was dismissed 3 runs short of his half-century but Yusuf Pathan with a much needed 45 guided the Sunrisers to 178 for 6 in the allocated 20 overs.
All the bowlers except for Deepak Chahar picked a wicket each for the Chennai Super Kings.
Chennai found themselves in a bit of a mess with a wicket down for just 16 in 4 overs. However, Suresh Raina and Shane Watson raised the rate of scoring with shots all over the Wankhede halfway through the chase.
Watson did all the hard work and got to his hundred at a strike rate of over 200. He made an unbeaten 117 in just 57 with 11 fours and 8 sixes under his name.
Chennai won the game by 8 wickets, taking home their 3rd IPL title in just 11 seasons.
“We knew our shortcomings, and we were aware of it. If Watson tries to dive, he may injure his hamstring, so we don’t want him to do that. We’ve been aware of these things. Age is just a number, but you have to be very fit. No plans as of now. We go to Chennai tomorrow. Irrespective of the result, that was the plan. Go to Chennai, meet the fans and those close to the team. But we’ll have a get together in the hotel and enjoy the evening,” said skipper MSD at the post-match presentation.
IPL list of Award Winners
Stylish Player of the Season – Rishabh Pant
Super Striker of the Season – Sunil Narine
Perfect Catch of the Season – Trent Boult
IPL Fairplay award – Mumbai Indians
Emerging player of the season – Rishabh Pant
Pitch and ground award – Punjab Cricket Association
Pitch and ground award – Cricket Association of Bengal
Man of the match – Shane Watson
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