The IPL 2018 final completes a fairytale comeback for Chennai Super Kings (CSK). After a two-year hiatus following spot-fixing scandal, CSK walked past Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by 8 wickets. Chasing 179, Shane Watson — after a slow start — shifted gears immaculately to guide his side home courtesy his second ton of the season. Also, he joined Wriddhiman Saha to notch up a hundred in an IPL final. Overall, this is CSK’s third championship, whereas SRH failed to replicate their 2016 edition’s success. However, they would be proud of their effort. Stand-in skipper, Kane Williamson, led from the front with both bat and leadership. He finished with the Orange Cap, whereas KXIP’s Andrew Tye ended with Purple Cap.

Here is a look at the grand finale through pictures:

MS Dhoni, after trolling Sanjay Manjrekar, wins toss to bowl first © IANS
MS Dhoni, after trolling Sanjay Manjrekar, wins toss to bowl first © IANS
Shikhar Dhawan gets a start before falling for 26 © IANS
Shikhar Dhawan gets a start before falling for 26 © IANS
Dhoni records most stumpings in IPL history after dismissing Kane Williamson (47) © IANS
Dhoni records most stumpings in IPL history after dismissing Kane Williamson (47) © IANS
Yusuf Pathan's 45* takes SRH to 178 for 6 © IANS
Yusuf Pathan’s 45* takes SRH to 178 for 6 © IANS
Suresh Raina (32) misses out on 5,000 IPL runs by 15 © IANS
Suresh Raina (32) misses out on 5,000 IPL runs by 15 © IANS
Shane Watson, after a slow start, changes gears swiftly to register another IPL ton © IANS
Shane Watson, after a slow start, changes gears swiftly to register another IPL ton © IANS
Watson leads CSK to their third IPL championship © IANS
Watson leads CSK to their third IPL championship © IANS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brief scores:

Sunrisers Hyderabad 178 for 6 in 20 overs [Kane Williamson 47 (36), Yusuf Pathan 45 (25)*; Lungi Ngidi 4-1-26-1] lost to Chennai Super Kings 181 for 2 in 18.3 overs [Shane Watson 117* (57), Suresh Raina 32 (24); Carlos Brathwaite 2.3-0-27-1] by 8 wickets with 9 balls to spare.

Man of the Match: Shane Watson.

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