With the pressure of a big final weighing on their shoulders and the opposition pacemen in good form, both teams had a slow start before the second-wicket partnerships picked the pace up in the Vivo IPL at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday.
While Shikhar Dhawan and Kane Williamson couldn’t really continue the momentum for Sunrisers Hyderabad, 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.
The victory, achieved with nine balls to spare, ensured CSK’s return to the Indian Premier League culminated in the most ideal manner — with its third title.
The star of the evening for Super Kings was veteran Australia all-rounder Shane Watson. The player-of-the-series of the inaugural edition 10 years ago, Watson started Super Kings’ chase of 179 by playing out a maiden to Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
But once he put his foot on the pedal in the sixth over, Watson literally toyed with the Sunrisers bowlers to finish unbeaten on 117 off 57 balls, his second hundred of the season.
Super Kings were tottering at 20 for one in five overs, with the star of Tuesday’s qualifier Faf du Plessis mistiming a hit off Sandeep Sharma to offer the mediumpacer a return catch. The next five overs, including two by Rashid Khan in which he conceded 12, saw Watson and Raina, the knockout specialist, plunder 60 runs to get the chase on track.
Super Kings won by eight wickets with nine deliveries to spare to emerge IPL-11 champion.