Watson brings CSK's third
Shane Watson smashed an unbeaten 117 as Chennai Super Kings thrashed Sunrisers Hyderabad to win their third Indian Premier League title in a spectacular return from a two-year corruption ban.
The Australian hit eight sixes and 11 fours in a stunning 57 ball innings as Chennai took 18.3 overs to overcome Hyderabad's 178-6 off 20 overs.
Chennai crushed their opponents by eight wickets and have now equalled the Mumbai Indians in winning the tournament for a third time.
Ambati Rayudu was also unbeaten at the end on 16 and led tributes to Watson. "His experience saw us through. He is a world class player and when he is there anything can happen," Rayudu said.
SCORES IN BRIEF
Hyderabad: 178 for 6 (Williamson 47, Pathan 45, Shakib 23; Jadeja 1-24)
Chennai: 181 for 2 in 18.3 overs (Watson 117, Raina 31; Brathwaite 1-27, Shakib 0-15)
Result: Chennai won by 8 wickets.
Player-of-the-match: Shane Watson.
Most Valuable Player: Sunil Narine (KKR)
Emerging Player: Rishabh Pant (Delhi)
Purple Cap: Andrew Tye (Punjab)
Orange Cap: Kane Williamson (SRH)