Shane Watson's unbeaten 117 helped Chennai Super Kings (CSK) clinch the 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL) title after an 8-wicket win over SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday. Chasing 179 runs, Chennai didn't get the start they wanted as Faf Du Plessis departed early for 10 runs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar (0/17) bowled a fiery spell in the powerplay and put SunRisers on top during that period. After Du Plessis' dismissal, Watson took over the batting responsibilities and hammered the SRH bowlers all over the park. After taking ten dliveries to open his account, Watson looked unstoppable and reached his century in only 51 balls hitting 7 fours and 8 sixes. Suresh Raina (32) chipped in with a crucial knock but it was Watson who stole the show and helped his team win their third IPL title. Barring Rashid Khan and Bhuvneshwar, all other SRH bowlers were expensive with an economy of over 10 runs per over. (SCORECARD)
Earlier, Kane Williamson (47) and Yusuf Pathan (45*) helped Hyderabad post a competitive total of 178/6 against Chennai in the IPL final at the Wankhede Stadium. After being put into bat by Chennai captain MS Dhoni, SRH openers Shikhar Dhawan and Shreevats Goswami were off to a cautious start. Goswami was trying to settle in but he was run out after a horrible mix up in the 2nd over itself and was dismissed for 5 runs. Dhawan looked in fine touch for his 25 but a superb delivery by Ravindra Jadeja foxed the opener and he was clean bowled by him in the 9th over. Williamson continued to hit the balls after settling in. He hits 5 fours and 2 sixes to give SRH some control of the game and forged a decent partnership with Shakib Al Hasan (23) in the middle overs. He was eventually dismissed for 47 runs in the 13th over. Pathan played some ferocious shots laced with 4 fours and 2 sixes as he remained unbeaten on 45 runs off 25 balls. Carlos Brathwaite scored a quickfire 11-ball 21 runs in the end to help his team reach 178. Lungi Ngidi yet again starred with the ball for Chennai returning with figures of 1/26 in his four overs.
IPL 2018 Highlights of Chennai Super Kings vs SunRisers Hyderabad Final match, straight from Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
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22:41 IST: Chennai Super Kings are IPL 2018 Champions.
22:37 IST: FOUR! And Rayadu finishes off in style.
22:36 IST: FOUR! Shane Watson is in a hurry. He is making it look so easy. Only 6 runs needed for Chennai to win the final now.
22:34 IST: FOUR! Watson gets his four. Successive boundaries. CSK are on the cusp of a historic win. Chennai Super Kings need 13 runs in 18 balls
22:32 IST: CENTURY! Shane Watson hits his fourth IPL hundred and his second this season. What an innings this has been by Watson. Took his time to settle in. Opened his account after ten balls and has not looked back since then. Superb hitting. Gets his hundred in only 51 balls. He hit 7 fours and 8 sixes. CSK 157/2 in 16.3 overs
22:26 IST: SIX! Rayadu gets into the act now. No fielder at long on and Rayady gets his six. CSK 152/2 in 15.4 overs
22:23 IST: Chennai Super Kings need 33 runs in 30 balls
22:20 IST: Ambati Rayadu is the new man in for Chennai.
22:20 IST: SIX! Another six for Watson. Watson is hitting boundaries for fun now. CSK 145/2 in 14 overs
22:18 IST: FOUR! Watson rampage continues. He is in the nineties now. Uses the pace of the ball and gets it past the fielder. The outfield is super quick. CSK 139/2 in 13.5 overs
22:16 IST: OUT! Review taken. Caught behind. Raina is walking. Carlos Brathwaite gets his man. Raina departs for 32 runs. Chennai lose their second wicket. CSK 133/2 in 13.3 overs
22:12 IST: WIDE! Pressure on the bowler after getting hit for three sixes in a row by Watson. Finishes the over with a boundary. 27 runs off the over. CSK 131/1 in 13 overs
22:10 IST: SIX! Biggie. Watson looks unstoppable. Over the long on fielder for a maximum. back-to-back sixes. This time its the second deck. Poor bowling but a fantastic batting display. 100-run partneship up between Raina and Watson. Three sixes in a row. One more ball to go. Sandeep Sharma can do nothing here.
22:08 IST: FOUR! Watson is in full throttle. He has held his nerves after a slow start. Superb batting.
22:06 IST: FOUR! Watson brings up CSK's hundred in style. Pulls it over leg side for a boundary. Nine runs off the over. CSK 104/1 in 12 overs
22:01 IST: SIX! Now Raina gets into the act. Two sixes off tht over. Chennai are in complete control of this match at the moment. CSK 95/1 in 11 overs
22:00 IST: SIX! What a way to get his 17th IPL fifty. Superb shot. Pulls it over the leg side boundary for a six. CSK 86/1 in 10.1 overs
21:56 IST: FOUR! Very fine and Raina got enough on it to see it race towards the boundary. CSK 80/1 in 10 overs
21:52 IST: FOUR! Slower delivery and Watson picks it perfectly. He races to 41 runs after a slow start. 16 runs off it. CSK 72/1 in 9 overs
21:51 IST: 50-run partnership up for Watson and Raina. Only 29 balls taken. Excellent effort by Rashid Khan to take a catch. CSK 66/1 in 8.4 overs
21:50 IST: SIX! Long enough for Watson. Over the bowler's head and Kaul has been leaking runs now. Chennai are slowly taking control of the proceedings here. CSK 64/1 in 8.3 overs
21:47 IST: Siddarth Kaul returns for SRH.
21:40 IST: FOUR! Its raining boundaries now. Sidharth Kaul is getting hammered by these two. Rains helps the ball on its way towards the boundary. An excellent over for Chennai. Raina finishes the over with a four. CSK 51/1 in 7 overs
21:38 IST: SIX! Flick and a six off Sidharth Kaul. Now we are witnessing Watson's batting prowess. He is taking over the proceedings now. He is finding the middle of the bat more often. CSK 43/1 in 6.3 overs
21:31 IST: SIX! Watson gets one into the stands. Pulls it over the on side region. Picks up the man at deep mid wicket. Backs it up with a four. Watson is turning it on now. He is making up for his slow start. Finding his groove now. CSK 33/1 in 5.4 overs
21:28 IST: Bhuvi gives away only four runs. Yet again he is on point with the ball. CSK 20/1 in 5 overs
21:25 IST: Bhuvi has been SRH's standout bowler. Hyderabad have been excellent in the first four overs. They have put Chennai on the backfoot early on.
21:24 IST: Suresh Raina is the new bastman for Chennai.
21:23 IST: OUT! Sandeep Sharma gets the breakthrough as Faf Du Plessis departs for 10 runs. He is the man in form. Change of pace does the trick. Knuckle ball and the ball hits the toe end of the bat. CSK 16/1 in 4 overs
21:21 IST: FOUR! Goes straight and picks up four. ten dot balls and this time gets it off the middle of the bat. Poor bowling from Sandeep Sharma. CSK 15/0 in 3.4 overs
21:18 IST: FOUR! Over throw by Deepak Hooda. No need of hitting stumps. Bhuvi doensn't look happy. CSK 10/0 in 3overs
21:16 IST: 9 balls and still no runs off Bhuvi. What a tremendous bowling display by the India pacer. Super stuff. Another dot.
21:14 IST: Barring a boundary, a good over by Sandeep Sharma. Watson yet to open his account. CSK 5/0 in 2 overs
21:11 IST: FOUR! Fraction short. Du Plessis plays it perfectly on the off side for a boundary. CSK 4/0 in 1.3 overs
21:11 IST: Sandeep Sharma is the new bowler for SRH.
21:10 IST: Maiden over for Bhuvi. Wonderful bowling. Watson couldn't decipher where the ball would come next. Excellent stuff. CSK 0/0 in 1 over
21:06 IST: What a beauty by Bhuvi. The ball just carried to the keeper in no time. Superb line and length. Good start for Bhuvi.
21:05 IST: Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis open the batting for Chennai. Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowls the first over for SRH.
20:50 IST: Innings Break
20:50 IST: SunRisers Hyderabad 178/6 in 20 overs.
20:49 IST: OUT! Last ball fetches a wicket for Thakur.
20:48 IST: SIX! Over the fielder for a maximum. Braithwaite gets his six over long long on boundary. Not timed well but still gets a maximum.
20:46 IST: Thakur uses the knuckle ball exceptionally well. Good stuff by him. Every dot ball hurting the SRH here.
20:46 IST: Two runs for Yusuf Pathan. Excellent runs by these two men. WIDE. Extra ball bowled by Thakur. Not what Dhoni would have liked at all.
20:45 IST: Shardul Thakur bowls the last over.
20:44 IST: SIX! Lungi Ngidi has bowled extremely well. Teriffic bowling by the young pacer. Braithwaite hits a maximum off the last ball but credit to the bowler for not giving way runs other than the six. SRH 168/5 in 19 overs
20:40 IST: This is excellent stuff from Ngidi. 2 dots and a single off his first three balls. SRH 162/5 in 18.3 overs
20:39 IST: Lungi Ngidi returns to bowl the 18th over for Chennai.
20:38 IST: FOUR! Bottom hand and he generates superb power to get his boundary at long off region. SRH 160/5 in 18 overs
20:36 IST: Mistimed but Brathwaite survives. SRH 156/5 in 17.5 overs
20:35 IST: SIX! Brathwaite hits it clean and long. Bravo can only look at the ball sail over the long off six. Picks the slower ball and hits 85 metres long. Superb batting by him. SRH 154/5 in 17.3 overs
20:33 IST: Carlos Brathwaite is the new batsman for SunRisers Hyderabad.
20:32 IST: WICKET! Deepak Hooda departs for 3 runs. A slower one and Ngidi gets his man. Hyderabad lose their fifth wicket. Hooda reaches out and tries to swing it over mid-wicket. But it flies off the inner half of the bat and the fielder at deep backward square leg makes no mistake. Dhruv Shorey is the sub who took that catch.SRH 144/5 in 17 overs
20:30 IST: SIX! Not a bad delivery by Ngidi but Yusuf Pathan gets himself on the front foot and hits it over the mid off region for a boundary. SRH 144/4 in 17 overs
20:30 IST: Last 27 balls, 36 runs for the loss of 2 wickets for SRH.
20:28 IST: Outside edge and Pathan gets a single. SRH 136/4 in 16.2 overs
20:24 IST: OUT! Trace of bullet and Suresh Raina takes a superb catch. Shakib Al Hasan departs for 23 runs off 15 balls. Shakib will be disappointed after missing out on a juicy full toss. SRH 133/4 in 15.5 overs
20:20 IST: FOUR! Yusuf gets another boundary. Stylish shot over the mid off region for a boundary.
20:18 IST: SIX! Over extra cover and Yusuf gets his six. That is some brute hitting by the big man. He has to stand out tonight. This is the big stage for him to show that he can be their impact player for his team. SRH 124/3 in 14.4 overs
20:14 IST: FOUR! What a shot by Yusuf. Such power on that shot. Plays it across the off side and gets his boundary. Last 21 balls, 42 runs for SRH with the loss of one wicket. SRH 117/3 in 14 overs
20:12 IST: Two new SRH batsmen, Shakib and Pathan, out there in the middle. These two have to see they keep scoring runs. SRH 1.9/3 in 13.1 overs
20:07 IST: WICKET! STUMPED! Kane Williamson departs for 47 runs. Hyderabad lose their third wicket. Deceived by the turn and Karn Sharma gets the prized wicket of the SunRisers captain. SRH 105/3 in 12.3 overs
20:06 IST: 11 runs off it. Good over again for the batting side. Both Williamson and Shakib have upped the ante with some good-looking shots out there. SRH 101/2 in 12 overs
20:04 IST: 100 up for SunRisers Hyderabad. SRH 100/2 in 11.5 overs
20:02 IST: FOUR! Fantastic shot. Sweet cover drive off Bravo's delivery. Beats deep point and long off perfectly. He is now on 41. Finds the gap again. Successive boundaries. One off the front foot and other off the back foot. SRH 98/2 in 11.3 overs
20:00 IST: SIX! Shakib goes for a huge one. Jadeja is over the wicket and Shakib frees his arms and gets his boundary. Tries again and gets another boundary. 17 runs off the over. This is impeccable timing by the Bangladesh all-rounder. SRH 90/2 in 11 overs
19:58 IST: Almost there. FOUR! Lucky boundary for Williamson. Little bit of fortune for him. Falls short before that in fielder Ngidi. Much needed boundary for SunRisers. SRH 80/2 in 10.3 overs
19:58 IST: Last 26 balls, 33 runs for the loss of one wicket for SRH.
19:58 IST: Jadeja back into the attack for CSK.
19:56 IST: Not a bad over by Chahar. Only two runs off his first four deliveries . Varied his pace throughout the over. Superb bowling display by the pacer. Williamson attempts to cut it through point but is early into the shot. Gets beaten. SRH 73/2 in 10 overs
19:50 IST: FOUR! Shakib Al Hasan comes in and gets his first boundary. SRH 68/2 in 8.4 overs
19:50 IST: WICKET! Clean bowled. Hyderabad lose their second wicket. Dhawan departs for 26 runs. Dhawan misses it completely. Jadeja angled it on the stumps and gets his man. When we thought Hyderabad were taking control of the match, Jadeja strikes with a peach of a delivery. SRH 64/2 in 8.3 overs
19:47 IST: 50-run partnership up between these two. SRH 64/1 in 8.2 overs
19:46 IST: Punched towards the long on by Dhawan region for a single. SRH 63/1 in 8.1 overs
19:45 IST: Ravindra Jadeja is the new bowler for Chennai.
19:44 IST: Strategic Time Out!
19:43 IST: SIX! Superb pull by Williamson. Dhawan and Williamson have steadied the SRH innings after losing Goswami to a terrible run out early on. These two will be key to SunRiser's chances in this match. SRH 62/1 in 8 overs
19:41 IST: FOUR! Over covers and Williamson picked the line well to free his arms. Gets his boundary, he waited for the ball and times it well. (Play Fantasy Cricket and Win Cash Daily)
19:40 IST: Appeals for a caught behind but the umpire is unmoved. Dhawan stays. SRH 52/1 in 7.4 overs
19:39 IST: Starts with a slower delivery and Dhawan can't get it through the off side fielder within the circle. SRH 51/1 in 7.2 overs
19:39 IST: Dwayne Bravo is the new bowler for Chennai.
19:38 IST: FOUR! Swung away and Dhawan gets his boundary. These two are getting into the groove. He hit it with the turn. 50 up for SRH in 6.5 overs
19:35 IST: Single run. Man behing point region. Only one run for Dhawan. SRH 44/1 in 6.2 overs
19:34 IST: Karn Sharma is the new bowler for Chennai.
19:33 IST: Single towards the third man. End of the powerplay. SRH 42/1 in 6 overs
19:32 IST: 13 off the previous over and 11 off it already with a ball to go for SRH.
19:31 IST: SIX! Tennis ball bounce and over long on Dhawan hammers it for a six. 77 metres long shot by him. Follows it by two runs. The ball was racing towards the boundary but the fielder does well.
19:30 IST: Excellent timing by Dhawan but straight to the fielder. Superb cover drive. No runs for the left hander. SRH 32/1 in 5.2 overs
19:28 IST: Shardul Thakur starts with a wide for Chennai Super Kings.
19:25 IST: FOUR! A little room and he finds the gaps on the leg side perfectly. Chahar getting hammered now. SRH 30/1 in 5 overs
19:24 IST: SIX! Top edge and gone. Williamson gets a welcome six. He makes it up with a huge leading edge six over the fine leg fielder for a maximum. SRH 24/1 in 4.2 overs
19:23 IST: TRIVIA! Lungi Ngidi is the first bowler to bowl two maiden overs in this season of IPL.
19:22 IST: Williamson tries to push the ball on the offside but no runs off it. A little bit of room and Williamson misses the ball. He has faced nine deliveries and scored only 3. A maiden over for Ngidi. Superb bowling the South African bowler. SRH 17/4 in 4 overs
19:20 IST: This is fantastic stuff from Ngidi. No runs off his first tree deliveries.
19:18 IST: Ngidi is continuing his fine form with the ball.
19:17 IST: Some terrific bowling by Chennai's Chahar. Both Dhawan and Williamson seem nervous out there in the middle. SRH 17/1 in 3 overs
19:12 IST: SRH skipper Kane Williamson is the new batsman in. SRH 14/1 in 2 overs
19:10 IST: OUT! Shreevats Goswami is run out. That was no run. Big mistake and the opening partnership comes to an end in the second over itself. He departs for 5 runs. A brilliant throw by Karn Sharma and Dhoni dislodges the stumps in no time. SRH 13/1 in 1.5 overs
19:08 IST: FOUR! Excellent stop by Karn Sharma at the fine leg boundary. Dhawan times the ball perfectly. Replays show the fielder's body touched the boundary rope.
19:07 IST: Lungi Ngidi bowls the second over for Chennai Super Kings. A familiar star for him. He is the x-factor for CSK. Ngidi has so much control on his deliveries. He repeats those deliveries hitting the deck hard.
19:06 IST: Chahar is bowling well. Maintaining his line and length. Dhawan is taking time to settle in the middle. Quick runs off the second last ball. These two batsmen are calming their nerves down. A decent first over for Chahar. Only six runs off it. SRH 6/0 in 1 over
19:03 IST: One run. Straight to the fielder at long on. Dwayne Bravo makes it look easy. SRH 4/0 in 0.3 over
19:01 IST: A big full toss and its a no ball. FREE HIT! Shikhar Dhawan on strike.
19:00 IST: Shikhar Dhawan, Shreevats Goswami open the batting for SunRisers Hyderabad. Deepak Chahar begins the proceedings with the ball for Chennai Super Kings.
18:56 IST Both teams are out in the middle for the big summit match of the IPL 2018 final.
18:55 IST: SRH captain Kane Williamson says that although he is happy to bat first, they also would have liked to bowled first. He reckons that the surface looks good and they would want to defend whatever they put on board.
18:50 IST: CSK captain Dhoni feels they will bowl first and feels that their batsman have to take the extra pressure and responsibility. Reckons that runs on the board is always good in a final but looking at the conditions he has chosen to bowl. Adds that the journey has been good for them but a challenging one.
18:45 IST: Fans are divided on who will win this match. Chennai Super Kings and SunRisers Hyderabad are on the same boat it seems ahead of their summit clash.
18:36 IST: SunRisers Hyderabad (Playing XI): Shikhar Dhawan, Shreevats Goswami(w), Kane Williamson(c), Shakib Al Hasan, Deepak Hooda, Yusuf Pathan, Carlos Brathwaite, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Sandeep Sharma
Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI): Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w/c), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Lungi Ngidi
18:35 IST: For SunRisers Hyderabad: Shreevats Goswami, Sandeep Sharma; Khaleel Ahmed and Wriddhiman Saha sit out.
18:32 IST: Karn Sharma comes in for Harbhajan Singh in Chennai Super Kings.
Harbhajan doesn't find place in CSK team for final. Leggie Karn Sharma does. Big decision considering Bhajji's rich experience at Wankhede...— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) May 27, 2018
18:30 IST: TOSS! Chennai Super Kings MS Dhoni wins toss, elects to bowl first vs SunRisers Hyderabad in Mumbai.
18:21 IST: We are now moments away from the toss.
18:11 IST: CSK's Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayadu both have a strike rate in excess of 150 against SRH's Rashid Khan.
18:02 IST: CSK have lost their last three IPL finals and they will look to change that.
17:47 IST: The stage is set for the most anticipated clash of the whole IPL 2018. Chennai take on Hyderabad in the summit clash and we bring you the live updates of the match from Wankhede Stadium. The match begins at 7 PM IST.
17:42 IST: Suresh Raina is 47 runs away from reaching 5000 IPL runs.
17:38 IST: Harbhajan Singh will play his 150th IPL match tonight.
17:30 IST: SunRisers Hyderabad are the only side to defend totals less than 150 thrice while Chennai Super Kings are the only side to chase down 180+ targets thrice.
17:28 IST: Fans are getting all set and posting their pictures as they prepare to cheer for Chennai Super Kings.
17:08 IST: TRIVIA! CSK are the best batting side in the tournament with the highest average of 35.04 per wicket combined with a scoring rate of 8.92 (second best behind DD's 9.10)
17:00 IST: Hello and welcome to the live match updates of the IPL 2018 final between Chennai Super Kings vs SunRisers Hyderabad from Wankhede Stadium.
Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan, who came up with a sensational 3 for 19 stint on Friday night apart from scoring a rapid-fire 34 in 10 balls and then taking two catches and effecting a run-out, had troubled the Super Kings with a 2 for 11 burst in the first qualifier. CSK got out of the jail courtesy the calm and assured innings of 67 not out from South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis who played the game only after Sam Billings was ruled out due to injury.
Super Kings will also be wary about the match-turning all-round abilities of Carlos Brathwaite, the hero of the Caribbeans title-winning contest in the 2016 World T20 Championship. The big West Indian shone with the ball at the death against KKR after his blistering innings of 43 not out here against CSK. (Play Fantasy Cricket and Win Lakhs Daily)
Sunrisers will, however, need captain Kane Williamson to get back into the sort of stupendous form he exhibited in the league stage, along with India opener Shikhar Dhawan to improve their title-clinching chances. Their middle and lower order have not really been firing barring the odd game.
Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (C), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf du Plessis, Harbhajan Singh, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayadu, Deepak Chahar, K M Asif, Kanish Seth, Lungi Ngidi, Dhruv Shorey, Murali Vijay, Sam Billings, Mark Wood, Kshtiz Sharma, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur, N Jagadeesan, David Willy.
SunRisers Hyderabad: Kane Williamson (C ), Shikhar Dhawan, Manish Pandey, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Wriddhiman Saha, Siddharth Kaul, Deepak Hooda, Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, Shreevats Goswami, Ricky Bhui, Basil Thampi, T Natarajan, Sachin Baby, Bipul Sharma, Mehdi Hasan, Tanmay Agarwal, Alex Hales, Carlos Brathwaite, Rashid Khan, Shakib Al Hasan, Mohammad Nabi and Chris Jordan.