New Delhi: Australian all-rounder Shane Watson led the show with a stellar century on the night of the final at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday as Sunrisers Hyderabad were completely outplayed on a wicket where the score of 178 looked more than par. In the end, Chennai Super Kings won by 8 wickets with 9 balls to spare. Ambati Rayudu won CSK the game by hitting the winning runs and signed off what has been a brilliant season for the middle-order batsman.
Speaking after the game, Man of the Match Watson thanked the team as well as skipper MS Dhoni and coach Stephen Fleming for the constant support and helping him stay fit and up for the challenge right through the tournament.
“It's been a special season to be honest. To get a special season especially after the last season with RCB. It means a lot to be with a franchise like CSK. After those first ten balls I was only hoping to catch up to at least a run-a-ball. Bhuvi is really good with the new ball and was lucky to get the opportunity to catch up. It was good that I got a couple of boundaries to hit and get on par to take it from there. The good thing is that I wouldn't be playing for the next three-four months; feels great. It gives me plenty of time to recover. Throughout the back end of the tournament I was hanging on for dear life, Stephen Fleming and MS Dhoni have been looking after me really well and I am really glad to contribute like I did tonight,” he said.
Chennai Super Kings were considered one of the older teams in the competition as the average age of the team was over 30. But they showed that experience is a must when it comes to a grueling competition like the Indian Premier League. And they completed a fairytale comeback to the cash-rich league after two years by clinching their third title at the Wankhede Stadium.
Chennai Super Kings' victory was their fourth over the Sunrisers in this edition of the Indian Premier League.
The Orange cap was won by Sunrisers captain Kane Williamson, who scored 735 runs in the season, the third highest in a single season of the IPL. The Purple Cap was won Kings XI Punjab's Australian paceman Andrew Tye, who finished the group stage with 24 wickets.