When the Chennai Super Kings have been banned for 2 years because of the betting actions of key official Gurunath Meiyappan, it was nearly as if the IPL had misplaced its allure. The gamers have been divided between new entrants Gujarat Lions and Rising Pune Supergiant, and though the likes gamers akin to MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Dwayne Bravo have been in motion, an IPL with out CSK simply wasn’t the identical.
So when two years later, the workforce marked its comeback in 2018, expectations have been sky excessive. Billed as Dad’s Army – primarily as a result of the typical age of the workforce was round 38 – CSK ridiculed the label as they steamrolled opposition on their option to a third IPL title, tying Mumbai Indians with three trophy wins.
CSK gained 10 matches out of 15 earlier than the ultimate, together with two wins in opposition to Sunrisers Hyderabad, the workforce they have been to face within the summit conflict. And on the day of the decider, an IPL veteran rose to the event. Playing for a brand new workforce, Shane Watson bludgeoned an unbeaten century to assist CSK overhaul Sunrisers’ complete of 178.
Besides Dwayne Bravo, all the opposite CSK bowlers got here up with tidy returns. And the outcome was it that Sunrisers’ particular person high rating was 47, by Kane Williamson, adopted by Yusuf Pathan’s 45. Barring Deepak Chahar, who gave away simply 25 from his 4 overs, every CSK bowler picked up a wicket and halted Sunrisers inside 180.
In chase, Watson was unstoppable from the very starting. Watson’s innings comprised eight sixes and 11 fours, and he completed with 117 not out off simply 57 balls. CSK gained the match by eight wickets, with 9 deliveries remaining. A complete one-man present capping off an emphatic IPL season for the Men in Yellow.