Less competitive, yet thrilling final between Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad ended the glorious tournament on a high note, as CSK became the most successful IPL team, grabbing their 3rd IPL Title, thanks to the brilliant knock of Shane Watson.
The efforts of Kane Williamson and Yusuf Pathan were acknowledged, as they scored 47 and 45 runs respectively. However, the total of 178 was just not enough against a power-packed Chennai side, despite having world-class bowlers.
Here we present you the five major talking points of the VIVO IPL 2018 Finals between SRH & CSK:
● Suresh Raina’s Contribution With the Bat:
Although the Aussie veteran Watson stole the show with his bat, after scoring an unbeaten century, the 24-balls 34 runs that came off the bat of Raina cannot be underestimated, considering the situation of CSK at one stage, after a slow start by the openers.
After the important wicket of Faf du Plessis, one more wicket meant that the Kings could end up on the losing side, as Rashid Khan was yet to be introduced. However, Raina built the momentum after scoring a couple of boundaries against Siddharth Kaul and once Watto got going, no one could stop him from getting his second century of the season
After all, the 117-runs partnership between the duo was the turning point of the match from CSK’s point of view. Raina’s dumb piece of wood called the bat finally spoke when most required.
● CSK’s Gamble With Karn Sharma Paid Off :
Whether it was a tradition of IPL teams to replace Karn Sharma with Harbhajan in the most important games or a team strategy to feature a leggy in the game, the gamble of having Karn Sharma instead of Harbhajan paid off. Karn Sharma now has won three consecutive titles with his 3 different teams, first with SRH, then with MI and now with CSK.
After the unfortunate run-out of SRH’s young opener Goswami, Kane Williamson played a role of the savior. Kane looked in fine touch in the game and looked to take a chance against the 30-year-old. However, it was not Kane’s day at all, as Kane stepped out from his crease, only to return back to the pavilion.
The lucky charm of IPL, Karn Sharma played an understated, yet crucial role in the 3rd title win of the Chennai Super Kings.
● Yusuf Pathan Kept The Hopes Alive For SRH :
After Kane Williamson got out on 47, the small partnerships were stitched but couldn’t go for long enough. One after another, the wickets of falling and Yusuf Pathan was the one who kept on standing on the crease playing some destructive brand of cricket.
Yusuf Pathan scored a fine 25-ball 45 runs, which helped the Sunrisers to post a respectable score. The knock of Pathan was supported by a small cameo of Carlos Braithwaite who scored 21 runs in 11 balls smashing 3 sixes.
If it was not Yusuf’s knock, SRH wouldn’t have scored anything close to even a 160. Yusuf tried his level best, however, the results didn’t go in his favor. Bad luck junior Pathan!
● CSK’s Slow Start to The Innings :
Chasing a total of 178 runs, CSK didn’t get the desired start at all. The man of the match, Watson took a total of 11 balls to open his account, whereas Faf too couldn’t get going. As a result, CSK couldn’t even score run-a-ball in the powerplay overs.
Due to the immense pressure created by Watson, Faf had to go a risky shot and unfortunately, Faf ended up throwing his wicket as the required run rate was climbing up to 10 runs per over.
However, the slow-paced start was compensated by superb innings from the Aussie all-rounder Watto. The match at one stage looked in control of SRH.
● Shane Watson’s Brilliance Earns CSK Their 3rd IPL Trophy :
After a slow start, Shane Watson was in no mood to give continuity to singles and doubles. Instead, Shane went for the big shots, which were perfectly stroked and timed.
The veteran scored 117 not-out in just 57 balls, hitting 8 sixes and 11 fours smashing every bowler for over 10 runs per over, except Bhuvi and Rashid. That move was a cautious and logical move and the team might have discussed that plan before the match started.
The 27 runs scored off one over of the experienced Sandeep Sharma turned the match completely in favor of the Super Kings. The experience of Watson paid off and CSK were able to achieve their 3rd IPL title, in their first IPL after a comeback after two years.