Shane Watson ton secures IPL for Chennai Super Kings

SportsCricket       IPL 2018 Final Sunrisers Hyderabad Vs Chennai Super Kings Who Will Win The Title?
       
                By Desk Team

Smashing the second-ever hundred in an IPL final, Watson notched up 117 runs, hitting massive 8 maximums and 11 fours in his 57-ball innings.

Shortly after hitting his second century of the 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL) season in Sunday's final, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) all-rounder Shane Watson hailed the franchise for giving him an opportunity despite his disappointing campaign with Royal Challengers Bangalore previous year.

The Fleming-coached Super KIngs won the T20 final by eight wickets to claim their third IPL title on Monday (NZT).

Two-time champion Chennai Super Kings (CSK) the first team to reach the final will take on Sunrisers Hyderabad today (SRH).

The Australian smashed 11 fours and eight sixes in his match-winning knock. Captain Kane Williamson lauded the way CSK handled the most high-pressure match of the lot, the final, not giving Sunrisers any opportunities while chasing what he thought was a "competitive total". South Africa's Faf Du Plessis was their star man. Plessis opened the innings but stuck till the end to give CSK a victory by two wickets in the very last over. Coming to CSK side, both Watson and Bravo will play vital role in tonight's game. The key weapon of SRH is Rashid Khan, who is a great bowler.

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"I knew I had to start getting runs quickly after those 10 balls", he said. Such was the craze for Rashid Khan that he remained the top Twitter trend across India even in the early hours of Saturday morning with more than 32,000 tweets posted on his performance. It's a bad over from Sandeep as it contributed 15 runs.

Watson took a single off Khan to bring up his hundred in 51 balls and then acknowledged a standing ovation from the Chennai dugout and the crowd with his team already in sight of their IPL triumph. "No one retires at the age of 30!" said the 52-year-old actor.

It's hard to recall when an individual player's cricketing prowess on the field had created so much buzz cutting across the national boundaries in the past. It is the fitness aspect rather than the age of the players, you have to be fit and energized on the pitch and age is just a number. Doesn't matter if you're 19-20 years old.

Moreover, looking at the team, it seems Dhoni will be captaining the side.

The winners of the final were guaranteed a minimum $4 million in prize money.

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