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Shane Watson pummels Chennai Super Kings to stamp their authority on IPL 2018

Shane Watson

Chennai Super Kings (181-2) celebrated their comeback to IPL in grand style as they clinched the trophy beating SunRisers Hyderabad (178-6) by 8 wickets. Shane Watson’s (117*, MoM) class shone through on the big night as he slammed an unbeaten century to take CSK to victory with 9 balls remaining.

After spending 2 years in wilderness, CSK have made a dream come back to the league. They were up in the Finals for the 7th time in IPL history.

Having won only two times in their previous 6 attempts, there was a lot of pressure on Chennai to pull this one through.

On a tacky wicket at the Wankhede Stadium, CSK won the toss and put SRH to bat first. Hyderabad started cautiously against a good bowling pair of Deepak Chahar (4-25-0) and Lungi Ngidi (4-26-1). Owing to the pressure that was built by the new ball bowlers, there was horrible mix up between Shreevats Goswami (5) and Shikhar Dhawan (26). As a result, Goswami lost his wicket in a run out in which he was short of the crease by miles.

Following a quiet star, Shikhar Dhawan and Kane Williamson (47) gradually began to accelerate and the SRH innings seemed to be on track. After Shikhar Dhawan was bowled off Ravi Jadeja(2-24-1), Kane Williamson and Shakib al Hasan (23) started to take a few chances.

Yusuf Pathan finally came good on the big night and blasted a 45-run knock off 25 deliveries.

All CSK bowlers bowled decent with Dwayne Bravo being the only exception who went for 46 runs.

The CSK innings began on a cautious note with Shane Watson soaking up a lot of deliveries. In hindsight, it seems a good call as it was a smart move to play out Bhuvneshwar Kumar (4-17-0) at a time when the ball was jagging around a bit.

However, the Aussie soon caught up and took the attack to the SRH bowlers. Once, Faf du Plessis (10) was caught and bowled by Sandeep Sharma (4-52-1) and Raina (32,24b) came in to bat, the two went hammer and tongs.

After Raina perished, Watson (117*, 57b) pummeled CSK to a victory, with Ambati Rayudu (16) hitting the winning boundary.

CSK have now won three IPL titles and are at par with Mumbai Indians. Thanks for sticking by for the entire season, hope to see you next year!

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