Shane Watson Went Absolutely Beserk In The IPL Final Overnight

Tyler Owen
May 28, 2018

Still got it: Watson and Dhoni are nearing the end of their storied careers but showed in this IPL season that they still have what it takes to compete with the best.

Chennai Super Kings' Dwayne Bravo, right, raises his arms to embrace captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, left, after their win in the IPL Twenty20 cricket match against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Bangalore, India, Wednesday, April 25, 2018.

"After those first 10 balls, I was hoping to catch up. once the ball stopped swinging, it got easier".

The former Australia all-rounder smashed 117* from 57 balls which was laced with eight sixes and 11 fours. "There was emotion involved in wanting to do well and getting back into the competition", Chennai Super Kings head coach Stephen Fleming said.

Put into bat, Sunrisers struggled for momentum despite another important contribution from Williamson, who was stumped by opposite number MS Dhoni off the bowling of spinner Karn Sharma.

The spectacular flourish that became his trademark has been replaced by tentative jabs at the ball, or fatal pre-determined shots. Their New Zealand captain Kane Williamson hit a top-score 47 as Sunrisers posted 178-6.

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Although "They are not confirmed Nipah Cases yet, so there is no need to panic", he added via telephone. A female relative who was with them in hospital also died later.

While Du Plessis couldn't emulate his previous performance but it was his opening partner Watson who stuck around for a while.

Suresh Raina contributed just 32 of the 117 run stand.

Watson completed his second IPL century of the season off 51 balls with a single at cover off Rashid's last over before smashing the Afghanistan legspinner for two consecutive boundaries.

The big-hitting Aussie allrounder plundered 27 runs off one over of paceman Sandeep Sharma.

"It is the fitness that really matters more than the age aspect", he said.

And now that has been confirmed as the victorious CSK side will return home and celebrate with everyone that made their triumph in Mumbai over a formidable SRH side a reality. Despite having a total of nine players over 30 years of age and the team's average age being 34 and a half years, they proved experience can be the difference between reaching a final and winning it. "If I push Watson to stop a single, there is a very good chance that he´ll burst his hamstring and won´t be available for the next game". We found that the guys who get on a roll - the Rayudus, Watsons, Dhonis, Rainas - they take you deep in the tournament.

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