IPL 2018: Chennai Super Kings Beat Sunrisers Hyderabad to Win Third IPL Title
Chennai Super Kings in their 9 attempts, reached the finals 7 times and they surely know how to handle the big stage. They came with a bruised ego into the 2018 Indian Premier League due to the ignominy of 2-year suspension. CSK by clinching their third IPL title completed a fairytale comeback from disgrace to glory.
The highlight of the final was the 37-year-old, Shane Watson, who pulverized the Sunrisers bowlers during his breathtaking, unbeaten 117 (57b, 11×4, 8×6) to turn the summit clash into a ridiculously one-sided affair at the Wankhede Stadium. Initially, took he took 10 balls to get off the mark. It was his second century of the tournament. Watson found an able ally in Suresh Raina (32), as the pair added 117 in 57 balls for the second wicket, after Faf du Plessis was dismissed early.
Earlier, Sunrisers had posted a challenging 178 for six courtesy Kane Willamson (47 off 36) and Yusuf Pathan (45* off 25). Shikhar Dhawan – 26, Shakib Al Hasan – 23, Carlos Brathwaite – 21, all hipped in as SRH collected 105 from the last 10 overs. CSK kept a tight rein on the Sunrisers Hyderabad batsmen initially while also taking a wicket through a run-out. The first four overs saw only one boundary being hit – a turn to fine leg for four by Dhawan off Lungi Ngidi.
Such was Super Kings’ domination over an otherwise formidable SRH that they beat the Willamson-led side four times in as many games this season. The M S Dhoni-captained side had entered a seventh IPL final and their stellar campaign ended with a record–equalling third title, tying them up with Mumbai Indians.
“Teams win games, but finals are won by individuals,” MS Dhoni had quipped on the eve of the IPL final between Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad. His words proved prophetic as Shane Watson smashed the highest-ever score in an IPL final to seal the 2018 crown for CSK.
Led since 2008 by M S Dhoni, CSK lost the final in 2008, won in 2010 and 2011, lost in 2012, 2013, & 2015 but clinched victory in their 7th final that is 2018. Man of the match award is won by Shane Watson for his blistering knock of unbeaten 117.