The Sunrisers Hyderabad rode useful knocks from captain Kane Williamson and Yusuf Pathan to set the Chennai Super Kings a target of 179. Shakib Al Hasan then took Hyderabad's innings forward with his skipper as the side crossed the 100-run mark in 11.5 overs.
He might've taken 11 balls to get off the mark but what followed was nothing short of awesome from Shane Watson. Suspended from the IPL for 2 years and forced to move out their home matches from Chennai, CSK has finally made a great comeback.
The Aussie's blazing century, his second of the tournament, completed a fairytale return to the IPL for CSK, who clinched their third title after being banned for two years.
Earlier, Williamson missed out on yet another fifty in a highly successful season as Sunrisers Hyderabad piled on a challenging score after a slow start. He went on to score his second IPL ton this season to anchor the big run chase in the big finals for his side.More news: IN teacher released from hospital after being shot while stopping school shooting
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An intense bidding war erupted for his services in the auction this year before Hyderabad exercised their right-to-match option for a staggering 90 million rupees ($1.33 million). He arrived at the crease early in the innings and played the ideal second fiddle to Shane Watson.
Fans were a touch disappointed that they couldn't get to watch MSD bat and hit the winning runs as he invariably does. The fifth over bowled by Bhuvneshkumar was also in favour of SRH as he gave away only four singles.
Watson, who only scored his first run off the 11th delivery, hit 11 fours and eight sixes. Those three overs went for 50 runs, and by the time his best bowlers, Rashid and Bhuvneshwar, came back in to the attack, the game was already gone. He also bowled a maiden over, something very rare in T20s, and finished with impressive figures of 1/26. While CSK qualified for the final after their win against today's opponent in the first playoff, Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 14 runs in the third playoff to secure their berth in the final. To get a special season especially after the last season with RCB. A hamstring injury prevented him from bowling and he took a heavy toll of SRH bowlers as he and Raina added an imperious 117 runs off just 9.3 overs.
Lungi Ngidi showed that hitting the good length will always work in any format of the game. If Watson tries to dive, he may injure his hamstring, so we don't want him to do that. His overs are hard for any batsman, to say the least, and the Men in Yellow will be wary about the four overs that he would be bowling tonight. He took the wicket of Deepak Hooda.