Watson wins IPL crown for Chennai Super Kings in final

SRH look to Rashid for IPL final flourish

Kolkata: Sunrisers Hyderabad spinners wrecked havoc on Kolkata Knight Riders batsmen as they reach 112/5 after 13 ...

Watson, who only scored his first run off the 11th delivery, hit 11 4s and eight 6s.

The win dashed the hopes of SRH, 2016 winners and led ably by Kane Williamson (in the absence of Aussie David Warner, who is serving a year-long ban in connection with the ball tampering saga), to win the coveted title. And Shane Watson hadn't slowed down after fall of Raina's wicket. I had no doubt that he was going to make an impact.

With the IPL season over, Watson says he will spend the next few months in recovery.

Khan's 34 runs off 10 balls and 3-19 with the ball proved to be the major factors in helping the Orange Army cruise into the final, where they will be locking horns with MS Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings. "I think he did really well today", Dinesh Karthik said in the post-match conference, after Kolkata Knight Riders lost the match.

Ambati Rayudu who hit a four to complete victory was also unbeaten on 16 in Mumbai´s Wankhede Stadium, which was packed with more than 33,000 fans. Built around the young prolific spinner, Rashid Khan, SRH bowlers have been clinical from match to match, strangling the opposition batting.

Their bowlers have been excellent with Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul and Sandeep Sharma providing the pace. In the final, they could not afford to lose those two at the top, as there was no one else in the side who had even scored a fifty in the season.

Hyderabad coach Tom Moody had predicted the leg-spinner to have a major impact on this year's IPL.

Incidentally, it was for the second consecutive time when both Harbhajan and Karn lifted the IPL trophy as Chennai Super Kings defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by chasing down a target of 179. While SRH have been nearly untouchable this season, CSK have proved that they have all the goods to be IPL champions. Wasn't to be, and they certainly showed their experience. After scoring 56 for Rajasthan in 2008 in a player of the match performance, the 35-year-old was just as brutal with an unbeaten-45 from just 25 balls for Sunrisers Hyderabad.

"Things fell my way nicely tonight but to be able to do it in such a big game, it's very special", Watson said. The fifth over bowled by Bhuvneshkumar was also in favour of SRH as he gave away only four singles. Warne was the mentor of RR in IPL 2018 and finished fourth in the tournament.

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