Watson’s century helps CSK lift IPL 2018 trophy, beat SRH by 8 wickets

This is the third IPL trophy for the Chennai Super Kings and also for MS Dhoni. Watson becomes 2nd batsman to hit century in IPL final after Wriddhiman Saha

Chennai Super Kings beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 8 wickets to win the VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL 2018). Shane Watson single-handedly won it for CSK by hitting a magnificent century in the biggest game of the season. He made 117 runs. He had scored a century in the earlier stage of the tournament. Ambati Rayudu hit the winning runs. Coming back from a two-year suspension due to spot-fixing scandal, CSK showed utter dominance over SRH as they beat them in all the four encounters they had in this year’s edition. SRH bowlers looked out of form. Barring Bhuvneshwar and Raashid, all the others leaked runs heavily. With this win, CSK lift the IPL trophy for the third time in the seven finals they have played.

Earlier, Bhuvneshwar Kumar was back in the attack and gave just 8 runs. His figures were 4-1-17-0. Rashid came back to bowl his last and Shane Watson completed his 2nd century of the season. Rashid gave 12 runs in his last over. He ended with the figures of 4-1-24-0. CSK needed 13 from 18. Kaul came to bowl the 18th over and Watson showed no mercy.


Chennai Super Kings playing 11 for today’s match: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w/c), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Lungi Ngidi. Change: Karn Sharma replaces Harbhajan Singh.

Over 1: Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson on the crease. Buvneshwar Kumar came to bowl and bowled a perfect maiden over. CSK: 0-0, Shane Watson: 0(6b), Faf du Plessis: 0(0b)

Over 2: Sandeep Sharma in the attack, missed the length by a fraction and it goes for four. Single taken by Faf to bring Watson on strike. Two dot balls to Watson. Just five from the over. CSK: 5-0, Shane Watson: 0(8b), Faf du Plessis: 5(4b)

Over 3: Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Faf du Plessis, no run. Another DOT ball. Squared du Plessis for no run. Another defensive shot another DOT ball, 10 DOT balls on the trot by Bhuvi. A quick single taken and four overthrow runs. DOT ball to end the over. CSK: 10/0, Shane Watson: 0(9b), Faf du Plessis: 10(9b)

Over 4: Sandeep Sharma to Faf du Plessis, one leg bye taken. DOT ball followed by a four off the 3rd ball. DOT ball. Shane Watson took a single off the 5th ball. Faf du Plessis miss hit went straight into the night sky Sandeep took the catch to gave SRH first breakthrough. CSK: 16/1, Faf du Plessis c & b Sandeep Sharma 10 (11b 1×4 0x6)

Over 5: Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Suresh Raina, one run taken. Watson took a single off the 2nd ball. DOT ball. Another DOT ball. Raina heaved the 5th ball in the legside for a single. Watson took a single off the last ball to keep the strike. CSK: 20/1, Suresh Raina: 2(4b), Shane Watson: 7(15b)


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