Shane Watson scored his second century of this year’s competition as Chennai Super Kings thrashed Sunrisers Hyderabad by 8 wickets to cap off their comeback season in a fairytale style. This was Super Kings’ third IPL title, helping them go level with Mumbai Indians.

Super Kings started their chase on a shaky note. Their Qualifier hero Faf du Plessis departed after scoring just 10. The early loss helped Sunrisers tighten up things. As a result, Shane Watson and Suresh Raina could only help the Super Kings post a modest 35  after the end of the powerplay.

But as the game progressed, the duo especially Watson started finding its rhythm. As a result, the innings got the much-needed push and Super Kings were 80 for 1 at the halfway stage. Watson soon completed his fifty off 32 balls with a six in the eleventh over. The Australian then hit Sandeep Sharma for three consecutive sixes and two fours in the 13th over to put the Super Kings well on top.

The Sunrisers finally had something to cheer when Carlos Brathwaite dismissed Raina to end the 117-run stand. However, it did not bring any respite for them as Watson was going great guns from the other end. At the end of the 15 overs, the scoreboard was reading 146 for 2, thus the Super Kings needed just 33 off 30 balls. Watson went on to complete his hundred off 51 balls. The writing was very much on the wall and the Super Kings eventually reached the target in the 19th over.

Earlier in the game, the Sunrisers rode on useful contributions from Kane Williamson and Yusuf Pathan to post a challenging 178 for 6.

Put in to bat first, the Sunrisers were off to a poor start as Shreevats Goswami was run out for just 5.  Shikhar Dhawan and Kane Williamson then steadied the ship. The duo added 51 runs for the second wicket before Dhawan departed. The southpaw was castled by Ravindra Jadeja after scoring 26.  Williamson along with Shakib Al Hasan then took the innings forward. They helped the Sunrisers enter the three-digits in the 11th over. However, just after crossing the team ton, the Sunrisers suffered a big setback in the form of Williamson. The skipper fell to Karn Sharma after scoring 47.

Towards the end, Yusuf Pathan and Carlos Brathwaite played quickfire knocks to help their side post a good total. Pathan remained unbeaten on 45 off 25 while Brathwaite smashed 21 off just 11 balls.

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