Vivo IPL Final 2018 was battled between Sunrisers and Super Kings with the huge pressure of Big Final on their strong shoulders and the opposition pacemen in good form, both the team had a slow start before the second wicket partnership picked the pace up in the Vivo IPL 2018 Final at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday.
While Shikhar Dhawan and Kane Williamson couldn’t really continue the momentum for Sunrisers, On the other hand, Shane Watson and Suresh Raina demolished the famed Sunrisers bowling line up to set up a crushing eight-wicket win for the Chennai Super Kings.
Vivo IPL 2018: CSK vs SRH
The victory, achieved with nine balls to spare, ensure Super Kings returns to the Vivo IPL climax in the most appropriate manner- with its third title.
Watson build the bridge with unbeaten 117 in 57 balls, instantly after 10 dots
Watson becomes the star of the evening for Chennai Super Kings, The Australian all-rounder Shane Watson, was the player of series in his initial edition 10 years. Watson calls out for Super Kings to chase 179 by playing out a maiden to the bowler Bhuvneshawar Kumar.
Later, as soon as he started smashing in sixth over, Watson toyed with the Sunrisers bowlers to finish his unbeaten 117 off 57 balls, creating his second 100 of the season.
Super Kings were literally staggering at 20 for one in first 5 overs, with the star of Tuesday’s qualifier Faf du Plessis untimely a hit off Sandeep Sharma to offer the medium pacer a return catch. Leading to next five overs, including Rashid Khan in which he surrenders 12, saw Watson and Raina, the knockout specialist, ravage 60 runs to get the chase soon on the track.
Drooping Under Pressure
As soon as Sandeep and Bhuvneshwar shared the six PowerPlay overs, Watson and Raina Targeted Siddharth Kaul and the pacer flopped under the pressure. With Kaul erring in line and length, the left and right-handed combination slammed incredible 32 runs off his two overs, while not taking any chance against Rashid at the other end.
Watson greeted Shakib Al Hasan with a first ball heave over deep backward square for six and later Raina finished the over with a lofted hit over the long run.
The 13th over actually killed the contest with Watson Cutting lose against Sandeep. He started off with a dot ball, but followed up with a cover-driven four, a hat-trick of sixes and ended with a steer through the third man.
By the time Raina fell to a Carlos Brathwaite short delivery, the game was all over but Watson on the cusp of becoming a second-century maker in an IPL final. Along with Rayudu, Watson completed remaining formalities, with the former finishing it off with a boundary through covers off Brathwaite.
Earlier in the evening, Lungisani Ngidi kept it tight, by blowing his second over as a maiden to Williamson. From 17 for one in four overs, Dhawan and Williamson scored 45 runs off the next four overs.
Although, Dhawan’s slog off Jadeja immediately after the timeout proved to be his undoing.
There overs later, Leggie Karn Sharma bowled a wide for Dhoni to whip the bails and displayed his masterstroke bycatch of Williamson to get the Super kings back in the game.
Had it not been for Yusuf Pathan’s cameo, Sunrisers would have found it difficult to put on an elegant score. However, in the end, that was also far from enough.
That was some interesting Vivo IPL 2018 CSK vs SRH final match last night which kept audience glued to their seat.
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