IPL 2018 Final: Shane Watson's Record-Breaking Century Makes Twitterati Go Bonkers!

IPL 2018 Final, CSK vs SRH: Shane Watson scored his century in just 51 balls despite scoring no runs off the first 10 balls he faced during the run-chase

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 —

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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.

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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.