Chennai Super Kings won the Vivo 2018 IPL yesterday at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai following a spectacular performance from Shane Watson.
Watson, the former captain of the Australian Cricket team pulled of an incredible 117* off just 57 balls after not being able to take a single run off the first 10 balls. This is his fourth IPL 100 and the second century of this season as the Australian all-rounder pulled it out the bag, allowing CSK to bring home the trophy with a score of 181/2 with 9 balls to spare, soundly beating Sunrisers Hyderabad’s score of 178/6.
CSK have returned to the game after a two year ban following a betting scandal. However, this has been their fairytale victory, ending an exhilarating IPL season.
The Sunrisers bowlers tried their best, but it was one of those days where they had no answers to Watson’s onslaught. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Rashid Khan were outstanding, returning combined figures of 8-2-41-0. Crucially for SRH, the wickets column remained empty for both bowlers.
SRH put a strong score on the board after CSK won the toss, electing to bowl first. SRH captain Kane Williamson was once again the top scorer, for the seventh time this season scoring just shy of a half century at 47 of 36, before getting stumped by CSK’s captain MS Dhoni. Shakib-al-Hasan, Yusuf Pathan and Carlos Brathwaite made brisk scores of 23, 45* and 21 respectively. The 51-run stand between Shikhar Dhawan and Williamson for the second wicket would be the biggest partnership in the SRH innings. The Sunrisers scored 42-1 in the powerplay and added 84 (for the loss of two wickets) in the middle overs, before finishing with a flourish; they added 52 in the final five overs.
In the end however, the young medium pace bowler Sandeep Sharma, ended feeling the brunt of Watson’s pulverising batting in the 13th over – which allowed CSK to push to victory, earning Watson the title of Man of the Match title and also the most runs taken by a batsman in the final.