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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