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IPL Final: Watson Adds Another Feather to His Decorated Cap With Sensational Ton

Cricketnext Staff |May 28, 2018, 10:20 AM IST
IPL Final: Watson Adds Another Feather to His Decorated Cap With Sensational Ton

Shane Watson scored a sensational ton, scoring an undefeated 117 off just 57 balls as he helped Chennai Super Kings beat Sunrisers Hyderabad to win their third IPL title.

Watson proved his worth as his ton was also the highest score in an IPL final ever, eclipsing Wriddhiman Saha's 115 against Kolkata Knight Riders in 2014.

Highest individual scores in IPL finals:

117* Shane Watson v SRH, 2018

115* Wriddhiman Saha vs KKR, 2014

94 M Pandey v KXIP, 2014

89 M Bisla v CSK, 2012

76 C Gayle v SRH, 2016

19 Boundaries by Watson was also the most ever in a final. This is Watson’s 5th T20, 4th IPL century and 2nd century of IPL 2018.

Before this match, Watson required 107 runs to reach 7000 T20 runs. He reached the milestone with a four off the last ball of the 17th over. Watson played a knock for the ages as he launched a vicious attack on the well-oiled Sunrisers bowling machinery to take the Yellow brigade home with 9 balls to spare.

Watson, who had taken eleven balls to get off the mark showed first signs of his big-hitting ability in the sixth over as he hit Sandeep for a six and a boundary off consecutive deliveries. Watson continued to push the run-rate in the next over as he hit Siddarth Kaul for a six over square leg.

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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