Highlights, IPL 2018 Final, CSK vs SRH at Mumbai: Shane Watson hundred drives Chennai Super Kings to third crown

What a comeback this has been from Chennai Super Kings! Returning after a two-year suspension, with their fans travelling to all parts of the country following Chepauk's loss of their home games, this has been an absolute fairytale from MS Dhoni's men!

Highlights, IPL 2018 Final, CSK vs SRH at Mumbai: Shane Watson hundred drives Chennai Super Kings to third crown

Chennai Super Kings Vs Sunrisers Hyderabad At Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, 27 May, 2018

27 May, 2018
Starts (IST)
Match Ended

178/6 (20.0 ov)


181/2 (18.3 ov)

Chennai Super Kings beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 8 wickets

23:55 (IST)

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23:53 (IST)

Our correspondents Jigar Mehta and Devdutt Kshirsagar from outside the Wankhede stadium discuss Chennai Super Kings' 8-wicket romp over Sunrisers Hyderabad to claim their third IPL title.

23:40 (IST)

MS Dhoni lifts the trophy for the third time! 

MS Dhoni, Chennai Super Kings captain: By the time you reach the finals, everybody knows their roles. You push your bowlers as less runs as possible, for us to chase less runs. We actually know what their (SRH) batting style is. Good that we didn't lose too many wickets in the first half. They have a mystery bowler in Rashid. What we have to keep in mind is that Bhuvi is equally good. I thought it was a very good batting effort. At the start we thought we have to get things moving. But at the same time, we had the firepower. (Bravo) He keeps doing it on his own. With Faf playing, we had to shuffle around our order. If both (Faf and Rayudu) of them are playing, it's better if Faf opens. Very difficult to recall, and I feel every win is special. A lot of people talk about facts, statistics. My jersey number is seven, and this is the seventh win for CSK. I think we talked a lot about age, but what is more important is the fitness aspect. Rayudu is 33, but is fit. He is not somebody who will turn up stiff. It's fitness that matters more than the age. Most captains want players who move on the field. We knew the shortcomings that we had. What was important was to accept that these are the areas we have to catch up on. They have to commit themselves to stop the singles, but no point in getting injured to save the single. No plans as of now. We are going to Chennai tomorrow, and that's what the plan was irrespective of the result. We'll have some fun, and a get-together in the hotel. 

23:35 (IST)

Stephen Fleming, CSK coach: I don't know. Each year has been different. We were lucky to have the core of the team. We just hope big players at the big stage come through.  He handles me. Case of providing support. Makes sure the environment good and the culture is good. Good communication and a lot of trust. Nice relationship to have.

23:33 (IST)

Kane Williamson, Sunrisers Hyderabad captain: We though it would be a very competitive total. We thought it was a good surface. For a large part, I thought we were going okay. Hats off (to) Shane Watson. They (CSK) were outstanding. We played some very good cricket. They are deserved winners. Great bunch of guys. Was a very good season. Fought hard tonight, but it (victory) wasn't to be. Ashamed not to get across the line, but a lot of positives. Obviously it's a balance, and every team's trying to find that balance. I've got great assets to have. But it's a challenge to get that ballance. It does come down to the commitment of the guys in their respective roles. When we look back, I suppose you look at a couple of small moments. It's probably something I enjoyed. It was nice to contribute to the team. You've been given a role, and you're trying to adopt to the role the best you can. In terms of captaincy, there were a number of other leaders in the group, and they all contributed. 

23:32 (IST)

Players of the Tournament awards in each IPL season:

2008 - Shane Watson
2009 - Adam Gilchrist
2010 - Sachin Tendulkar
2011 - Chris Gayle
2012 - Sunil Narine
2013 - Shane Watson 
2014 - Glenn Maxwell
2015 - Andre Russell
2016 - Virat Kohli
2017 - Ben Stokes 
2018 - Sunil Narine

Umang Pabari, Cricket statistician

23:32 (IST)
23:28 (IST)

Tom Moody, Sunrisers Hyderabad coach: I needed to see, and I saw something pretty special. Shane Watson's innings was out of the box. We had a competitive total, and needed something special. I think it's been very good. We had a few setbacks early on with certain players not available. It's a reflection of how strong the tournament is. He's been wonderful. Kane's just shown the cricketing world he's a three-dimensional cricketer. We're very fortunate to have someone like Kane in our squad, and he did a wonderful job. I don't think he's got body parts. The cricketing world's falling in love with him. He's a special guy and a special cricketer. 

23:27 (IST)

Sunrisers Hyderabad collects the Runners Up award. Coach Tom Moody walks up to the stage to receive it. 

23:24 (IST)

Time for the umpires and match officials officiating in the final to get felicitated. 

23:23 (IST)

The Most Valuable Player award goes to KKR's Sunil Narine — his second award of the evening. 



IPL 2018 Final LIVE Cricket Score, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), at Wankhede, latest update and cricket scores:What a comeback this has been from Chennai Super Kings! Returning after a two-year suspension, with their fans travelling to all parts of the country following Chepauk's loss of their home games, this has been an absolute fairytale from MS Dhoni's men!

Preview: The 51-day long T20 carnival has finally reached its climax as two-time champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Sunrisers Hyderabad will face-off in the summit clash of the 11th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede stadium here on Sunday.

While Chennai, the two-time IPL champions, already made to the final beating Hyderabad by two wickets in the Qualifier 1 of the cash-rich league here on Tuesday, Hyderabad had to go through the second qualifier.

The Kane Williamson-led side overcame Kolkata Knight Riders' challenge by 14 runs at the Eden Gardens on Friday to seal a place in the coveted final.

MS Dhoni and Kane Williamson, captain of CSK and SRH respectively. Sportzpics

MS Dhoni and Kane Williamson, captain of CSK and SRH respectively. Sportzpics

Both the sides have met each other thrice in the ongoing edition of the league and the Super Kings hold a 3-0 record over their southern neighbours.

In the much awaited final on Sunday, which could also be seen as a southern derby, it will be clash between Hyderabad's bowling and Chennai's batting.

With the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan and Siddarth Kaul, the orange army boasts of a superb bowling attack whereas the yellow brigade is full of star-studded batting line-up comprising Shane Watson, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina and others.

For Chennai, each of the batsman had rose to the occassion whenever their side needed.

The yellow brigade have been on a roll since making their comeback to the IPL fold after serving a two-year-ban, and have rarely lost the momentum this season with the old guards and new sensations firing in unison.

In their final league game at their adopted home ground in Pune on last Sunday, CSK rode on Suresh Raina's gutsy half century to romp home by five wickets.

Later, in the Qualifier 1, a match where most of the Chennai batsmen faultered against Hyderabad, opener Faf du PLessies smashed a match-winning half-century to help Chennai reach their seventh IPL final on Tuesday.

Rayudu, the other opener in Chennai's side, has been the standout performer with 586 runs. Australian Watson has also been in top form, accumulating 438 runs from 13 matches, while Raina, skipper Dhoni and all-rounder Deepak Chahar have been the backbone of CSK's middle order.

In the bowling front, the former two-time champions will bank on young South African lungi Ngidi, who has 6 wickets from 10 games with a decent economy rate of 5.90.

With Shardul Thakur, Chahar and Dwayne Bravo doing their bit on the pace bowling front, CSK will hope for veteran Harbhajan Singh leading the spin attack with left-armer Ravindra Jadeja in the middle overs.

Coming to Hyderabad, the orange army's success mostly bank on their bowling which has a lot of variety and some of the best names in the business.

Afghan spinner Rashid has been brilliant throughout the season bagging 21 wickets from 16 games.

The leggie came up with a sensational figure of 3/19 against Kolkata last night apart from a quick-fire cameo of 34 from just 10 balls.

Rashid had also troubled Chennai in the first qualifier with figures of 2/11.

On the batting front, top scorer of the tournament Williamson has led from the front. The New Zealand skipper, rated as one of the best batters of the current generation, has so far amassed 688 runs in 16 games at an average of 52.92.

Williamson has also led admirably on the field.

Opener Shikhar Dhawan has also been good, amassing 471 runs from 15 games and Hyderabad's opening will mostly rely on him.

The middle-order however, needs to find their touch for one final time in the league as Manish Pandey, Wriddhiman Saha, Shakib Al Hasan and Yusuf Pathan have failed to live up to the expectations.

It will also be interesting to see whether Yusuf gets a chance in the playing XI in the mega final as the Baroda right hander has failed miserably in the present season, with just 215 runs from 15 games.

Overall, it could be another edge-of-the-seat match on a Super Sunday for fans when the two best teams of this year's league square-off for one final time.


Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni(c/wk), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf du Plessis, Harbhajan Singh, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Deepak Chahar, KM Asif, Kanishk Seth, Lungi Ngidi, Dhruv Shorey, Murali Vijay, Sam Billings, Mark Wood, Kshitiz Sharma, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur, N Jagadeesan, David Willey.

Sunrisers Hyderabad: Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shikhar Dhawan, Shakib Al Hasan, Kane Williamson(c), Manish Pandey, Carlos Brathwaite, Yusuf Pathan, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Rashid Khan, Ricky Bhui, Deepak Hooda, Siddarth Kaul, T Natarajan, Mohammad Nabi, Basil Thampi, K Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Sachin Baby, Chris Jordan, Tanmay Agarwal, Shreevats Goswami, Bipul Sharma, Mehdi Hasan, Alex Hales.

With inputs from IANS

Updated Date: May 28, 2018 01:12:39 IST

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