IPL 2018 final: Dhoni hails Shane ‘shocking’ Watson’s shocking innings

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Mumbai: Shane Watson's sparkling ton inspired Chennai Super Kings (CSK) with a fairytale comeback as they secured a thumping 8-wicket victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL) final on Sunday.

But it turned out to be a one-sided affair after that as Watson alone hammered 117 runs off just 57 balls as CSK cantered home in the 19th over with eight wickets to spare.

Chennai finished on 181-2 to crush their opponents by eight wickets.

The cricketing world is now abuzz with Rashid Khan. Ahead of the match, netizens have been pouring their support to their favourite team and many memes also went viral.

"His experience saw us through". After Bhuvneshwar started with a maiden over against Watson, Sunrisers restricted CSK to only 35 for 1 in the Powerplay before they took on Siddarth Kaul and Sandeep Sharma. One could understand Williamson's temptation to get an early third over out of Bhuvi in the final, given the astonishing first two he had bowled.

"I knew I had to start getting runs quickly after those 10 balls", he said. His death bowling is of the highest quality and he's got a fantastic slower ball as well. "But once the ball stopped swinging, it became easier".

Don't miss the IPL final between Chennai and Sunrisers, live on Sky Sports from 2pm on Sunday. A very very good bowler but like you said, if the wicket's responding, like any spinner that offers him a bit more.

For Dhoni it has been a homecoming as captain of the Super Kings, who returned this season after a two-year corruption ban along with Rajasthan Royals.

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Captain Kane Williamson earlier became only the fifth player to make 700 runs in an IPL season, the New Zealand worldwide scoring 47 in the Sunrisers' total of 178-6.

Watson added 117 for the second wicket with Suresh Raina, who scored 32, and picked up a single off teenaged Afghan leg-spinner Rashid Khan to complete his hundred, his second of the season.

The big-hitting Aussie allrounder plundered 27 runs off one over of paceman Sandeep Sharma.

The final victory also brought an end to MS Dhoni's barren run of seven years without an IPL title.

"It is the fitness that really matters more than the age aspect", said the former India captain, 36.

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.

The 34-year-old led the celebrations during CSK's bus ride from the stadium to their hotel.

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