Chennai Super Kings (CSK) opener Shane Watson proved that he is a big game player with his second century of the season. Watson became only the second player to score a century in Indian Premier League (IPL) finals. Only Wriddhiman Saha has done it in the past while batting for Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). The Aussie reached his century in just 51 balls. He did not score a single run in the first 10 deliveries he faced from Bhuvneshwar Kumar, including giving a maiden over.
Watson made batting look easy after the powerplay overs. He reached his half-century in 33 balls. He took on the bowlers soon after, taking only 18 more deliveries to score the second half-century. His innings of 117 runs from 56 deliveries is the highest score by a batsman in an IPL final, surpassing Saha’s score of 115. He struck 11 fours and 8 sixes in his record-breaking innings.
Here’s how Twitterati reacted to Watson’s marvel innings —
Shane Watson at the beginning
Shane Watson now. pic.twitter.com/weaxxme8pd
— Angoor Stark (@ladywithflaws) May 27, 2018
— எப்பவுமே தனுஷ் தான்™ (@Itz_TheriBoy) May 27, 2018
— Sunil- The Cricketer (@1sInto2s) May 27, 2018
Stand and deliver!
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) May 27, 2018
Give Watson ten dot balls at the start of every innings then……
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 27, 2018
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) May 27, 2018
— Sarcastic Dude (@Kartiktweaks) May 27, 2018
— த-லையிங்-லாமா (@KyaUkhaadLega) May 27, 2018
Watson..Good ma pic.twitter.com/bZyxXPgB9c
— vennela kishore (@vennelakishore) May 27, 2018
— SAGAR (@sagarcasm) May 27, 2018
Watson right now pic.twitter.com/3wciUNpCHl
— The Ironical Baba (@TheIronicalBaba) May 27, 2018
— Kate Cross (@katecross16) May 27, 2018
— Pakchikpak Raja Babu (@HaramiParindey) May 27, 2018
Things that get better with age :
1. Shane Watson #CSKvSRH
— Sapna Malik (@NetaLeDubenge) May 27, 2018
The 36-year-old scored 26 runs from a single over of Sandeep Sharma which included 3 sixes and 2 fours. He guided CSK to victory by 8 wickets with 9 balls to spare. CSK chased down the total of 179 runs against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) with ease.
This is the biggest victory in finals by a team in terms of wickets. The previous record was held by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) who won the IPL 2012 final by 5 wickets.