Wounded Watson’s ton delivers IPL title
An injured Shane Watson was the hero for Chennai, his century delivering the Super Kings a third IPL title
28 May 2018, 08:30 AM AEST
The match in a tweet: Timeless Shane Watson delivers on cue, a century in the final handing Chennai a record-equalling third title! #CSKvSRH
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Wounded Watson the Warrior: The evergreen Shane Watson brought into the final a hamstring injury that restricted his running. He didn’t bowl and couldn’t score from his first 10 deliveries with commentators questioning his fitness and selection. He responded in true champion style, smashing his next 41 balls for 100 runs and delivering Chennai the title. He thumped 11 boundaries and a mammoth eight sixes in his stunning knock and was there at the end as the winning runs were hit. He finished unbeaten on 117 from just 57 deliveries, the highest ever score by an individual in a final, surpassing Wriddiman Saha's 115 for Kings XI Punjab in 2014.
Very very special performance @ChennaiIPL @ShaneRWatson33 take a bow mate...#crushedit God Bless you all as our beloved festival of @IPL comes to a conclusion. Love you India❤️❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/sDHeLJucwq— Matthew Hayden AM (@HaydosTweets) May 27, 2018
The vital veteran: A decade on from his heroics in the inaugural IPL final, Yusuf Pathan showed his skills hadn’t deserted him with an equally impressive knock in Mumbai. After scoring 56 for Rajasthan in 2008 in a player-of-the-match performance, the 35-year-old was just as brutal with an unbeaten 45 from just 25 balls for Sunrisers Hyderabad. Pathan smashed four boundaries and two sixes in the middle order after Kane Williamson (47) and Shikhar Dhawan (26) departed.
The pecking order: Seven finals and now three victories for the Chennai Super Kings. The MS Dhoni-led side now join the Mumbai Indians as three-time champions. The Yellow Army’s first season back after their two-year suspension yielded a title, with Dhoni and coach Stephen Fleming in charge of each of each championship campaign. The Super Kings will now share the spoils of AUD$3.9million prize money, with Kane Williamson’s side awarded AUD$2.4million for their runner-up efforts.
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