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Shane Watson smashed 117 off 57 balls in a surprising, unbeaten century as Chennai Tremendous Kings gained their 3rd Indian Premier League identify with a thumping eight-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Chennai cruised to 2-181 in 18.three overs in opposition to a group recognized for effectively protecting their general.
Watson’s improbable knock used to be made all of the extra spectacular after the previous Australian Check participant failed to attain off his first 10 balls.
It used to be a really perfect comeback for Chennai after a two-year ban because of corruption fees.
Chennai, taking part in in its 7th ultimate on the planet’s preeminent Twenty20 event, had in the past gained back-to-back titles in 2010 and 2011.
“Each win is particular, so tough to pick out anybody win,” Chennai captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni mentioned.
Previous, after being put into bat, captain Kane Williamson (47) overlooked out on his 9th half-century on this yr’s IPL and Yusuf Pathan made an unbeaten 45 to boost Hyderabad’s general to 6-178.
Watson, 36, neatly orchestrated the run-chase via hitting 11 fours and 8 sixes whilst conserving strike bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Zero-17) and Rashid Khan (Zero-24) wicketless.
At the side of Suresh Raina, who scored 32, Watson featured in a 117-run 2nd wicket stand and took the sport clear of Hyderabad.
Watson, after environment himself in his scoreless opening spell on the crease, took price in opposition to seamer Sandeep Sharma (1-52) and Sidarth Kaul (Zero-43) along with his beautiful pull pictures and deft cuts.
“Issues fell my approach effectively this night however with the intention to do it in one of these giant recreation, it is very particular,” Watson mentioned.
“After the ones first 10 balls, I used to be hoping to catch up … as soon as the ball stopped swinging, it were given more uncomplicated.”
Watson raised his half-century off 33 balls with a six over midwicket off left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan.
He then smashed two fours and 3 successive sixes off Sandeep within the 13th over, which went for 27 runs as Williamson ran out of concepts over find out how to stem the float of runs.
Watson finished his 2nd IPL century of the season off 51 balls with a unmarried at quilt off Rashid’s final over sooner than smashing the Afghanistan leg-spinner for 2 consecutive barriers.
Hyderabad’s innings misplaced its momentum as soon as opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan (26) used to be clean-bowled via Ravindra Jadeja within the 9th over with the whole on 64.
New Zealand skipper Williamson become handiest the 5th batsman in IPL historical past to attain greater than 700 runs in a season, however he used to be outfoxed via leg-spinner Karn Sharma and used to be stumped via Dhoni within the 13th over.
Williamson used to be the top-scorer within the event, with 735 runs at an outstanding moderate of 52.50 and strike price of 142.44.
“We idea it will be a aggressive general however the pitch did grasp a bit of,” Williamson mentioned.
“The lads are hurting this present day however we now have fought onerous.”