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Shane Watson inspires Stephen Fleming's Chennai Super Kings to third IPL title

28 May 2018

Along with a six, Watson had also hit a four in the over. Wristspinners have been by far the most successful bowlers this season. CSK then needed 75 runs off 48 balls with 9 wickets in hand. He thumped 11 boundaries and a mammoth eight sixes in his stunning knock, there at the end as the winning runs were hit. The southpaw batted sensibly as he gave the strike to Watson who was in a murderous mood.

The Fleming-coached Super KIngs won the T20 final by eight wickets to claim their third IPL title on Monday (NZT). Opener Goswami got into a mix-up with Dhawan and was run out in the second over, brining the inform Kane Williamson to join Dhawan. As SRH skipper was changing gears and looked threatening, smart bit of bowling from Karn Sharma (1/25) got him stumped.

Kolkata lost captain Dinesh Karthik cheaply to left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan before Rashid dismissed Lynn for 48 and the risky Andre Russell. While SRH have been nearly untouchable this season, CSK have proved that they have all the goods to be IPL champions.

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Catch all the highlights from the game here. The young player became a top Twitter trend with pundits and social media users alike showering praises on his cricketing talent. Ahead of the match, netizens have been pouring their support to their favourite team and many memes also went viral.

Kuldeep Yadav stole the limelight with a 2/29 spell that included the prized wicket of Kane Williamson (3), the leading run-getter of IPL-11, while Sunil Narine (1/24) was once again at his tidy best conceding just two runs in the 17th over. For once Williamson pre-meditated a shot and came down the pitch on the first ball of the 13 over. "Once the ball stopped swinging, it got easier", he said. For his outstanding 117* off 57, he is the batsman of the match. The leggie from Afghanistan set the stage on fire on Friday when he single-handedly propelled Sunrisers Hyderabad to the finals of the IPL 2018. 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.

Sunrisers have reached their second final in three years.

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"I believe after the first few overs, the [required] run rate was climbing, there were risks required and if we were able to pick up a couple of wickets, which we have been doing throughout the season, then all of a sudden it takes a very different shape".

"What captains want is players who move well in the field". If someone is finding it hard, there is no reason that someone coming in after won't also find it hard. CSK lost Faf du Plessis early but thereafter batted with such dominance - largely due to Watson's incredible effort - that they crossed the line in just 18.3 overs.

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"The age-group of the boys was definitely a concern as we had to keep them fit because of the frequency of the games".

Shane Watson inspires Stephen Fleming's Chennai Super Kings to third IPL title