MUMBAI: Shane Watson notched up a brilliant century as Chennai Super Kings (CSK) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by eight wickets in the final to lift the Indian Premier League (IPL) title here at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday. Chasing 179 for victory, seasoned Australian opener Watson smashed an unbeaten 57-ball 117, his fourth IPL hundred, as M.S. Dhoni’s team bagged their third crown after returning to the fold following a two year suspension. Chennai piled up 181/2 in 18.3 overs against Sunrisers’ 178/6 in 20 overs, riding on skipper Kane Williamson’s 36-ball 47 and Yusuf Pathan’s 21 off 11 balls.Chennai Super Kings beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by eight wickets. Sunrisers Hyderabad scored 178 for six against Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League final here on Sunday. Yusuf Pathan’s unbeaten 45 runs off 25 balls along with skipper Kane Williamson’s 47 helped Sunrisers Hyderabad post a competitive 178/6 against Chennai Super Kings in the summit clash of the Indian Premier League (IPL) here on Sunday. In a batting friendly track at the Wankhede stadium here, Yusuf, who came when the scoreboard was reading 101/3, played a good knock to propel Hyderabad to a good total in their 20 overs.The Baroda batsman’s unbeaten innings contained four boundaries and a couple of hits into the stands. Put in to bat, Hyderabad started their proceedings on a bad note as opener Shreevats Goswami (5) gifted his wicket in the second over with the just 13 runs on the board. While trying to convert a single, Goswami fell short of the crease when a throw from long leg by Karn Sharma was easily picked by Dhoni to give Hyderabad the first jolt. Opener Shikhar Dhawan was then joined by Williamson and the duo stabilised Hyderabad’s innings putting on a 51-run partnership for the second wicket.Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja broke the partnership in the ninth over as he clean bowled Dhawan on 26 runs. Shakib Al Hasan then took Hyderabad’s innings forward with his skipper as the side crossed the 100-run mark in 11.5 overs. However, in a desperate attempt, Williamson came down the wicket trying to play big, but the ball drifted away and then Dhoni did the rest behind the stumps. The Hyderabad skipper’s knock came off 36 balls, decorated with five boundaries and two sixes. Williamson’s fall bought Yusuf in the middle and the right-hander made clear his intentions from the very beginning, smashing a boundary in the second ball he faced. But when things seemed good in the middle, Bravo packed back Shakib (23 off 15) in the 16th over, leaving Hyderabad at 133/4.
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