Shane Watson inspires Stephen Fleming's Chennai Super Kings to third IPL title

Sunrisers Hyderabad's Rashid Khan reacts after delivery during the VIVO IPL cricket T20 match against Kolkata Knight Riders in Kolkata India Friday

He was the man of the moment who played instrumental role in giving a remarkable victory for Chennai team at the Wankhede Stadium. The match will also see the clash between the captainship of an Indian player and overseas player as CSK is being led by MS Dhoni while Kane Williamson is the skipper of SRH.

"Things fell my way nicely tonight but to be able to do it in such a big game, it's very special", Watson said.

Sent in to bat, SRH made an unhurried start. Faf du Plessis had scored the first boundary (four) in the over. Incoming batsman Deepak Hooda (3) fell cheaply in the 17th over which saw Brathwaite joining Yusuf.

Wriddhiman Saha and Shikhar Dhawan tried to hit their way out of trouble as Kolkata seamers Shivam Mavi and Prasidh Krishna gave nearly nothing away. The Afghan spinner tonked the Kolkata quick for two sixes and a four as the final over went for 24, taking the total to 174 for seven. That's the end of Powerplay. "After those first ten balls I was only hoping to catch up to at least a run-a-ball", said Watson.

In those five matches, Rashid conceded a measly 113 runs from his full quota of 20, at 5.65 per over. Another costly over by Sid.

He might've taken 11 balls to get off the mark but what followed was nothing short of unbelievable from Shane Watson.

With Chennai needing 21 runs in 20 balls, the duo kept on playing freely and overhauled the target easily to become the only team to beat a side four times in a single season. After 11 overs, CSK stood at Rs 95 for the loss of 1 wicket.

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At the auction, CSK were criticised for picking up nine players in their 30s including Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu, who eventually were instrumental in the team's triumph. CSK then needed 75 runs off 48 balls with 9 wickets in hand. But the sixth, by Sandeep Sharma, began shifting the momentum away from the Sunrisers.

Hyderabad coach Tom Moody added Watson had produced "something special".

The former Aussie worldwide stitched a sensational 117-run stand with Suresh Raina (32 off 24) for the third wicket to take the most successful franchise in the IPL history closer to another title.

If that wasn't enough, in the final over with 19 needed for victory, Rashid showed huge composure under pressure to take two catches again on the mid-wicket fence to secure victory. Amabti Rayudu had smacked a six in Bhuvneshwar Kumar's last over.

Rashid Khan ended SunRisers Hyderabad's four-match losing streak, scoring 34 from 10 balls. Total 11 runs from this over and CSK was at 177/2.

"After the first few overs (of CSK run chase), the run-rate was climbing, there were risks required".

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