Shane Watson guided Chennai Super Kings to third IPL title

Vastavam web: Shane Watson single-handedly guided Chennai Super Kings to their third IPL title with his unbeaten knock of 117 against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the summit clash and losing captain Kane Williamson was left to admire the burly Australian’s “unbelievable” innings.The 36-year-old Watson smashed 11 fours and eight sixes en route to this second hundred of the season as CSK chased down the target of 179 in 18.3 overs here last night. “And for a large part of the game, there was a lot of good stuff. But as I mentioned Watson’s innings, it was an unbelievable effort,” the Sunrisers captain said.

Williamson insisted that his side’s score of 178 for 6 while batting first was a competitive total and credited CSK for sailing through the initial, difficult phase when they were 20 for 1 after five overs before Watson commenced his blitzkrieg.”At the halfway stage on that surface, we thought we had a very competitive total. It wasn’t perhaps your usual surface at the Wankhede (Stadium). It held a little bit and was responsive to the slower ball. So we thought that 180-mark was a really good target and you saw that from our first few overs, and it was not very easy to get away,” Williamson said.He said throughout the season SRH were able to pick up wickets in the middle overs but that did not happen in the final match against CSK last night.

“After the first few overs (of CSK run chase), the run-rate was climbing, there were risks required. But from that point onwards it was that innings of Shane Watson. If we were able to pick up a couple of wickets, which we have been doing throughout the season, then all of a sudden it takes a very different shape,” said Williamson when asked whether his side was 25-30 runs short.