#Shanewatson scored an unbeaten ton in the #IPL2018 final and saw #CSK win over #SRH with ease.
SRH – Sunrisers Hyderabad was outplayed by CSK – Chennai Super Kings once again, after beating SRH in the league stages and in the qualifier 1 CSK again came up with something special to beat SRH in the final of Vivo IPL 2018.
It was an Aussie stalwart who delivered for the Super Kings in this big final, despite few niggles Shane Watson blasted a century in this all-important final.
This hundred from Watto helped CSK to chase down the total of 179 runs set by SRH.
CSK won the toss and as expected they opted to bowl first.
There was no swing from the Wankhede pitch as it was in the qualifier 1 match. But still, SRH didn’t have a great start.
Shreevats Goswami was run out in the very first over. He went on to take a needless single and in the end, he was short of his crease. Goswami was run out for just 5 runs.
Then Skipper Williamson joined Dhawan at the crease and the two SRH batters started to rebuild the innings.
Both the batsmen were in good form and piled on the runs to put CSK bowlers under pressure.
Williamson and Dhawan went on well with their 51 run stand. They took on the CSK bowlers with ease.
But Jaddu came in and delivered his magic after the timeout. Dhawan was clean bowled when he went to sweep the ball. Dhawan was out after scoring 26 runs.
After breaking this partnership, CSK eased the pressure off when Kane Williamson was stumped.
Williamson and the new man Shakib Al Hasan guided SRH towards the 100 run mark but Karn Sharma struck for CSK, he picked up a big wicket to his name.
Kane Williamson was stumped by MS Dhoni on a wide delivery. Williamson departed after scoring useful 47 runs.
Then Yusuf Pathan took care of the innings with Shakib Al Hasan and Carlos Brathwaite.
Pathan played well, his lusty blows powered SRH to another decent total in the end.
He was also well supported by Shakib and Carlos.
But they both couldn’t score as much they would have liked, that was due to some good bowling by Lungi Ngidi and Shardul Thakur towards the end.
Shakib was dismissed by DJ Bravo; he couldn’t middle the full toss ball which went to Suresh Raina at the extra cover region. Shakib played a decent cameo; he was out after scoring 23 runs off just 15 deliveries.
Then the big West Indian played another decent knock against CSK, he and Yusuf Pathan took SRH close to the 180 run mark.
Some lusty blows towards the end allowed SRH to reach close to their desired target.
But they didn’t score more than that, CSK bowled two good overs on the trot which helped them to restrict SRH to a decent score.
The 19th over from Lungi Ngidi was a very good one from the South African. He gave away just 8 runs.
And then Shardul Thakur finished off well this time, he just conceded 10 runs and took the vital wicket of Carlos Brathwaite in the last over of the innings.
Due to some good bowling, CSK managed to restrict SRH to 179 runs in their allotted 20 overs.
DJ Bravo didn’t have a great night; he was expensive in his 4 overs. He gave away 46 runs and become the 4th bowler who has expensive figures in the IPL history.
DJ Bravo, Lungi Ngidi, Shardul Thakur, Ravindra Jadeja, and Karn Sharma took 1 wicket each to their name.
The run chase of 179 runs was led by the legendary Aussie opener Shane Watson.
Shane Watson looked out of touch when he faced first 10 balls of his innings.
Watto didn’t score a single run in those 10 deliveries, the asking run rate went up and CSK were under pressure.
This made Faf Du Plessis to play an ugly shot and he was caught and bowled by Sandeep Sharma.
The man who guided CSK in the run chase last time was out very early. Faf never timed the slow knuckleball well, he was brilliantly caught by Sandeep Sharma on his own bowling. Faf was out after scoring just 10 runs.
Then the partnership between Suresh Raina and Shane Watson brought CSK close to the target.
Watson found his groove and attacked SRH with well set with Suresh Raina.
The partnership of 117 took the game away from them.
Watson was the one who took the hold of the SRH bowling, he blasted Sandeep Sharma for 26 runs and brought CSK closer to the target.
When things looked set for a comfortable win, Suresh Raina succumbed to the short delivery bowled by Carlos Brathwaite. Raina gloved that to the keeper Goswami, he was out for 32 runs.
Then also Shane Watson continued his class at the other end, and in this process he smashed his 2nd IPL century of this season and guided CSK to win their 3rd IPL title.
Ambati Rayudu was the one who supported Watto well, he played Rashid Khan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar sensibly and stood with Watson till the end.
Watson was unbeaten on 117 runs and Ambati Rayudu was not on 18 runs.
Chennai Super Kings won the IPL final by 8 wickets and with 1.7 overs to spare.
Sandeep Sharma and Carlos Brathwaite were the only wicket-takers for SRH. They took 1 wicket each to their name.
Shane Watson was the awarded the man of the match for his magical innings of unbeaten 117 runs.