IPL 2018 Final: CSK makes a CHAMPION comeback with Watson's brilliant century

Rashid Khan centre produced a thrilling display with bat and ball to lead Sunrisers Hyderabad into the IPL final. Bikas Das  AP

Rashid Khan centre produced a thrilling display with bat and ball to lead Sunrisers Hyderabad into the IPL final. Bikas Das AP

The victorious CSK team, Chennai Super Kings v Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL 2018, final, Mumbai, May 27, 2018.

As his side lifted the third Indian Premier League (IPL) title on Sunday, hammering Sunrisers Hyderabad by eight wickets, he opined that its the fitness of players which matters the most.

Chasing 179 runs to repeat their 2010 and 2011 glory, Shane Watson played a pivotal role in seeing CSK home with an innings that started off with severe pressure before turning into pure ecstasy as he remained unbeaten on 117 runs from 57 balls. Built around the young prolific spinner, Rashid Khan, SRH bowlers have been clinical from match to match, strangling the opposition batting.

"His experience saw us through". Watson's reluctance to take any risks against him in the Powerplay said a lot about the respect the CSK camp had for him. He was brilliant in the field as well, affecting a crucial run out and taking two catches in the final over.

"After those first ten balls I was only hoping to catch up to at least a run-a-ball. But once the ball stopped swinging, it became easier". Let's take a look at the full IPL match predictions.

The former Australia all-rounder produced a masterclass of clean striking in Mumbai, hitting eight sixes and 11 fours to seal another IPL crown for Chennai on their return to the tournament following a two-year absence following corruption charges.

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Dhoni won the toss and put Hyderabad into bat.

Dhawan put on a 51-run stand with Williamson to revive SRH after the early loss. Ambati Rayudu had joined Shane Watson. MS Dhoni had said after the monumental chase against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the league stage, that the trick lies in picking your bowlers, and Watson and CSK were magnificent in picking theirs on the night of the final.

The 19-year-old man of the moment dedicated his match-winning performance in the IPL's second qualifier to those who lost their lives in his native - the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad.

Watson was just one of nine members of the Chennai squad to be aged over 30.

The IPL fans can also watch IPL finals in mobile using HotStar and JioTV mobile app. "We all take so much pride in him and wish him all the best for the final & many more games to come". "Fielding is one department where you can't make excuses, compared to past year, I've worked really hard in my fielding".

But Dhoni acknowledged that he could not push his whole team to run like a 20-year-old.

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