Watson's century helps CSK lift IPL 2018 trophy beat SRH by 8 wickets
Posted: May 28, 2018
IPL 2018 News: Chennai Super Kings beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 8 wickets to win the 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 Rashid, 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.IPL 2018 FINAL CSK vs SRH Scoreboard
Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson opened the innings for CSK while Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled the first over. CSK were off to a slow start as SRH bowlers kept it tight for the batsmen to score any runs in the first three overs. Watson was struggling and it took him 11 balls to get off the mark. Du Plessis wasn't doing great either and scored at a strike rate of 100. SRH bowlers weren't allowing any loose opportunities and looked in control of the innings. Pressure was mounting and Du Plessis fell victim to slower delivery by Sandeep Sharma in the 4th over. Williamson looked to build the pressure further and brought in Bhuvneshwar for his third over. Bhuvneshwar continued the attack and conceded just 4 runs. Williamson went for longer spells for both of his key bowlers and continued with Sandeep Sharma. Sharp fielding was making it even more difficult for CSK to score runs. Watson finally got some breath of fresh air as he hit Sharma for a six and a four in the sixth over. CSK somewhat moving toward recovery from the initial hiccups and stood at 35/1 after 6 overs.
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