Kane Williamson IPL 2018
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It was one-way traffic for Kane Williamson’s men, and they were at the wrong end in the finale of IPL 2018.

Shane Watson thrashed the Sunrisers Hyderabad by eight wickets on the big night. The opener whacked the ball all over the stadium and sent the bowlers for a leather hunt.

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Shane Watson of the Chennai Superkings plays a shot during the Final of the Vivo Indian Premier League 2018 (IPL 2018) between the Chennai Super Kings and the Sunrisers Hyderabad held at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on the 27th May 2018. Photo by: Vipin Pawar /SPORTZPICS for BCCI

Williamson top-scored for Hyderabad with 47 off 36 balls and received the orange cap at the end of the game. But he would have liked to cross the final hurdle after posting a target of 179 on the board.

The skipper lauded Chennai‘s game and mentioned Watson’s contribution that took Hyderabad apart.

“We thought it’ll be a competitive total, but the pitch did hold a bit. We saw that in our first five-six overs, and for the large part of the game we were doing okay. But hats off to Shane Watson. You do have to congratulate CSK. It’s frustrating because we played some really good cricket for the large part. Wasn’t to be, and they certainly showed their experience.” he said.

IPL 2018, Final - We Congratulate CSK on the Win - Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson of the Sunrisers Hyderabad plays a shot during the Final of the Vivo Indian Premier League 2018 (IPL 2018) between the Chennai Super Kings and the Sunrisers Hyderabad held at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on the 27th May 2018. Photo by: Faheem Hussain /SPORTZPICS for BCCI

Williamson on the season and his boys

He added it would take some time for the orange army to swallow the bitter pill.

“The boys are hurting at the moment, but we’ve fought hard. A shame not to come across the line, but a lot of positives. Every team is trying to find their balance, but no doubt, when we have a quality bowling attack, then it’s a great asset. But it’s a challenge to get that bat-ball balance. But it does come down to the commitment of the guys, and we can’t fault them on that.” said the losing skipper.

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Williamson spoke on the role assigned to him and how he tried to put his best foot forward.

“When we finally look back, you look at a couple of small moments, but at the end of the day, we congratulate CSK once again. If you captain, you’re playing, so that’s something I enjoyed. I was in and out earlier, so nice to contribute this season. You get given a role, and you try to adapt it the best you can. It’s a collective effort.” he said.

Sayantan Bhattacharjee

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