A year ago, Chennai Super Kings (CSK), one of the most successful teams of IPL managed to win their 3rd title. CSK beat Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the final at Wankhede Stadium. The victory under their prolific skipper MS Dhoni was even more special as the franchise was banned for 2 years for their involvement in the wrongdoings.
In the finals, MS Dhoni won the toss and opted to bowl first. SRH openers couldn’t do much, but their captain and then Orange cap holder Kane Williamson played a crucial knock of 47 runs off 36 balls to rescue the team. Williamson with small cameos by Shakib Al Hasan and Yusuf Pathan set CSK a target of 179 runs. Chennai had a slow start, having scored 20/1 in the first five overs and losing Faf du Plessis in the power play.
But it was Aussie veteran Shane Watson who had played a memorable knock in the IPL finals history. Watson hit a magnificent hundred and formed a 117 runs partnership with Suresh Raina for the 3rd wicket. Watson and Raina got together and dismantle SRH bowling unit. Apart from Afghan spinner Rashid Khan, both CSK openers hit ruthlessly. SRH bowlers looked out of form, with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Rashid Khan posing as a threat for CSK as all the other bowlers leaked runs heavily.
Watson remained unbeaten in the end and after Raina got out, the former Aussie joined hands with Ambati Rayudu to complete run chase. Watson hit 11 fours and 8 sixes en route his unbeaten knock. CSK crowned the IPL champions for the third time and equalled the record with Mumbai Indians (MI) who had (then) also won three titles.
Earlier, SRH too had a slow start. Shikhar Dhawan and skipper Kane Williamson kept it slow yet steady going for a four in every over. In the last two overs, SRH managed to hit only 18 runs.