Published: Mon, May 28, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Shane Watson Went Absolutely Beserk In The IPL Final Overnight

Shane Watson Went Absolutely Beserk In The IPL Final Overnight

He led tributes to Watson. "I am proud of the way experienced players showed their value".

Hyderabad coach Tom Moody added Watson had produced "something special". "After those first ten balls I was only hoping to catch up to at least a run-a-ball", said Watson. "Shane Watson batted on one leg, struggling with a hamstring injury, but his experience got him through". "But once the ball stopped swinging, it became easier". But hats off to Shane Watson. Throughout the tournament, MS Dhoni has remained busy with daughter Ziva.

Chennai, IPL winners in 2010 and 2011, were banned for two seasons in 2015 along with Rajasthan Royals after team officials were found guilty of involvement in illegal gambling. Their New Zealand captain Kane Williamson hit a top-score 47 as Sunrisers posted 178-6.

Williamson was the top-scorer in the tournament, with 735 runs at an impressive average of 52.50 and strike rate of 142.44. "It was outstanding, they didn't give us opportunities, they hit it over the fence rather than to our man. Look, it is such a fine line, I know out there on the park it's an eight-wicket win but we all saw that there were moments of pressure where the game can change very quickly, and if you're able to pounce on those then that's when you take your opportunity".

Players like Faf du Plessis and Dwayne Bravo, aged 33 and 34 respectively, proved their worth in crunch matches.

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The Australian along with Suresh Raina (32) forged a 117-run match-winning partnership to put Chennai ahead of their opponents.

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.

"We talked a lot about age but what matters is the fitness".

Captain Kane Williamson earlier became only the fifth player to make 700 runs in an IPL season, the New Zealand global scoring 47 in the Sunrisers' total of 178-6. It doesn't matter which year a player is born in, whether you are 19 or 20 - you have to be agile. So that was the reasoning behind this year's team. "So what you tell yourselves is that they have to commit and try, but there's no point getting injured for a single", said Dhoni before adding the CSK squad will be heading to Chennai tomorrow for further celebrations.

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