Shane Watson masterclass seals third IPL title for Super Kings


Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs, who is generally quite active on Twitter joined in the frenzy too.

While Ambati Rayudu has proved to be CSK's top batsmen this season with 586 runs in 15 matches.

He led tributes to Watson. "He is a world class player and when he is there anything can happen", Rayudu said.

"I want to dedicate this award to those who lost their lives in a blast during a cricket game in my hometown", Rashid said at the post-match presentation ceremony on Friday night.

The total appeared big enough when Chennai started their chase with retired Australian global Watson unable to score off the first 10 balls he faced. CSK then needed 75 runs off 48 balls with 9 wickets in hand.

Earlier, KKR bowlers did not get a wicket inside the powerplay but their pace battery of Shivam Mavi, Krishna and Russell bowled with pace and accuracy to stymie Sunrisers run flow. "Once the ball stopped swinging, it got easier", he said.

KL Rahul had a real breakthrough season in the IPL as he nearly single-handedly helped Kings XI Punjab enter the playoffs. "The support with MS (Dhoni), (Stephen) Fleming and (Tommy) Simsek was excellent".

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MS Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings have been in sensational form this season and won't let up at the Wankhede Stadium as they go in search of their third IPL crown.

It was a brilliant win for the team and Rashid Khan, the Afghan player outshone everyone else on the field. However, Sunrisers have felt compelled to start cautiously because of their reliance on Shikhar Dhawan and Kane Williamson, who had together scored 47% of their runs before the final. In what looked like a tricky total to chase in the final-179-Watson made short work of each and every bowler he faced and smashed them for 11 fours and eight maximums.

Rashid Khan, after playing a fiery cameo with the bat, emerged as the hero with the ball for the Sunrisers once again.

The former Aussie global stitched a sensational 117-run stand with Suresh Raina (32 off 24) for the third wicket to take the most successful franchise in the IPL history closer to another title.

The big-hitting Aussie allrounder plundered 27 runs off one over of paceman Sandeep Sharma. For CSK, they are chasing their third IPL title in 10 years while Sunrisers Hyderabad are looking to double their tally with a victory today. But the most important blow was Rashid's dismissal of Lynn as he trapped the opening batsman lbw on 48.

The interesting thing is that Warne left tournament's best all-rounder Sunil Narine, who has also earned most points for Most Valuable Player award. Doesn't matter if you're 19-20 years old.

But Dhoni acknowledged that he could not push his whole team to run like a 20-year-old.