Shane Watson masterclass seals third IPL title for Super Kings


With IPL 2018 heading towards the final clash between Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad, Warne has named some interesting names in his XI and also left some big names in the team. He started off with a dot but followed up with a cover-driven four, a hat-trick of sixes and ended with a steer through third-man.

He has made rapid strides since making his worldwide debut in October 2015 as a 17-year-old, in February becoming the youngest to top the global Cricket Council's rankings for bowlers in the Twenty20 and 50-overs format. CSK lost the South African Faf du Plessis and Suresh Raina rather early in their innings but, Shane Watson had found his comfort zone from the go and was in the mood to ensure his team would win without any difficulty. Sunrisers Hyderabad have just played a single IPL final, winning it in 2016. Dhoni, who has led Super Kings to two IPL titles, is part of a side with several players above 30 - an age often regarded as too old in the T20 format. Jadeja broke the 51-run stand between Dhawan and Williamson by dismissing Dhawan in the 9th over.

Watson pulverized the Sunrisers bowlers during his breathtaking, unbeaten 117 (57b, 11x4, 8x6) to turn the summit clash into a ridiculously one-sided affair at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday night.

Put in by Dhoni, the Sunrisers were initially pegged back by good spells from seamers Lungi Ngidi and Deepak Chahar. To get a special season especially after the last season with RCB.

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Chasing 175, Kolkata Knight Riders managed to score 161/9, falling short by 14 runs. He took three wickets in his quota of four overs by just conceding 19 runs.

Karn Sharma was drafted in to the playing eleven at the expense of Harbhajan Singh in the match.

In pursuit of 179, CSK lost only two wickets and ensured Sunrisers' most unsafe bowlers - Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Rashid Khan - went wicketless. That blow meant skipper Kane Williamson was in the middle by the second over.

Shardul Thakur has been guilty of conceding a lot of runs in the season. He finished with figures off 1/31 in the three overs that he bowled. If Watson tries to dive, he may injure his hamstring, so we don't want him to do that. But by then Narine and Lynn (48 off 31) had already done the initial damage as they went hammer and tongs against the Sunrisers bowlers from the word go. He bowled a maiden early in the game to show some serious skills. His overs are hard for any batsman, to say the least, and the Men in Yellow will be wary about the four overs that he would be bowling tonight. After helping Sunrisers post a challenging total, he gave a crucial breakthrough in the field by running out Nitish Rana with a strong throw from the mid wicket boundary.