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IPL 2018 Final: Chennai Super Kings Vs Sunrisers Hyderabad - Live Commentary

LIVE updates from the IPL 2018 Final between Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad
Updated: 27 May 2018 23:58 IST - Published: 27 May 2018 12:00 IST
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And that's it from us folks. This has been a sensational IPL and what a way to cap it all off. The team that returned after two years, walks away with the title. Hope you've had a great time, because we certainly did. Until next time, this is goodbye.
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And finally, MS Dhoni lifts the trophy. For the third time. CSK are champions and MS Dhoni is their captain. Yet again.
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CSK captain MS Dhoni: "By the team you reach the finals everybody knows their roles. The fielders have to adjust their roles while fielding, but while batting the styles are well known. [On Bravo sitting with pads on] He keeps doing it on his own. There was no plan as such; with Faf playing Rayudu had to come down at four. But Bravo is someone who pads quite easily and stays ready. Very difficult to recall what the earlier championship wins were. 

"A lot of people talk about stats , so tonight is 27th, my jersey number is seven and this is the seventh final for us. Enough reasons to win it. But none of these reasons matter, what matters is that we've won it in the end. We talked a lot about age but what matters is the fitness. Rayudu for example is 33, he's someone who is fit, covers a lot of ground. Even if he plays a few games where he spends a lot of time in the ground and in the field, he never complains. 

"So it is the fitness that really matters more than the age aspect. What captains want is players who move well in the field. It doesn't matter which year a player is born in, whether you are 19 or 20 - you have to be agile. You have to accept your shortcomings. For example if I push Watson to stop a single, there is a very good chance that he'll burst his hamstring and won't be available for the next game. So what you tell yourselves is that they have to commit and try, but there's no point getting injured for a single. 

"No plans to celebrate as of now. We are going to Chennai tomorrow, meet a few people, the fans and some people who are close to the franchise. But we'll have a get-together in the hotel and celebrate."
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CSK coach Stephen Fleming: "Each year has been different for us. We stayed pretty consistent with the core of our team when others kept chopping and changing. It's one thing that players are older, but it's the professionalism that we got look into as well. MS Dhoni handles me (smiles). It's about man-management. When he goes on the field he can do the things. There's a lot of trust as well and it's a nice relationship to have with him."

SRH captain Kane Williamson: "We thought it would be a very competitve total. Hats off, Shane Watson comes and gets 120 not out in the final. It's frustrating, but CSK were deserved winners. A new bunch of guys in SRH, a great bunch of guys in the unit. Showed great character. 

"It was a great experience leading this side, shame that we couldn't win the final. Every team is trying to find the balance between bat and ball. Rashid is a great asset for us. As a team we look back fondly on the season. It's a collective effort from the team."
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SRH coach Tom Moody: "I saw something special tonight. Shane Watson's innings was just out of the box; they needed something special and that's what Watson provided. I think the season has been really good. We had a few setbacks early on with a few players unavailable. It wasn't a bad thing for us to come back to earth after the start, rejig something for the finals. Kane has shown the cricketing world that he can play all three formats leisurely. We are really fortunate to have him in the squad and every team is lucky to have him at the helm. 

"[On Rashid] He's a terrific cricketer, not only in India but everybody's fallen in love with him. Not only his bowling, we saw what a flash he had with the bat in Calcutta. He's been a fantastic cricketer."
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Man of the Match, Shane Watson: "It's been a special season to be honest. To get a special season especially after the last season with RCB. It means a lot to be with a franchise like CSK. After those first ten balls I was only hoping to catch up to at least a run-a-ball. Bhuvi is really good with the new ball and was lucky to get the opportunity to catch up. 

"It was good that I got a couple of boundaries to hit and get on par to take it from there. The good thing is that I wouldn't be playing for the next three-four months; feels great. It gives me plenty of time to recover. Throughout the back end of the tournament I was hanging on for dear life, Stephen Fleming and MS Dhoni have been looking after me really well and I am really glad to contribute like I did tonight."
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With that win, Ambati Rayudu and Harbhajan Singh equal Rohit Sharma's record of four IPL titles, which is the most by any player. 

With that win, CSK have won the IPL three times, equaling MI's record and becoming the most successful side in IPL history.
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Karn Sharma: "I was prepared to play, so I was waiting for my opportunity."

Deepak Chahar: "Enjoyed my role. Waiting for my chances, and got them this year. Thanks to Mahi bhai for giving me the opportunity. One of my dreams has come through tonight."
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Harbhajan Singh: "Brilliant the way we came out and chase it down. You know how many runs you might get, it is always chaseable. Fourth IPL time for me and I am glad. I mean considering that Kane was in good form, Dhoni was right that he needed someone who would take the ball away from the batsman. We have seen wrist spinners bowling more and more overs in the IPL compared to finger spinners. But I hope it would change next year."
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Shardul Thakur: "Last year I was part of the final, but we lost it. So now I'm on the top of the world. I had to bowl well in the death. More often than not you get hit in this format, but managed to execute well today."

Lungi Ngidi: "Rollercoaster of emotions. Lovely to have responsiblity on your shoulders. Great to be bowling at the death."

Ravindra Jadeja: "We did a very good job on and off the field. Played as a team whether we're winning or losing. Happy that we're participating after two years, and we've won."
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Ambati Rayudu: "I was really fortunate such a season for Chennai. I worked really hard for it and am glad that I could hit the winning runs. Initially the wicket looked a little slow, it was damp, got much quicker and I am glad we could chase it down."
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Here are some of the reactions from the CSK players.

Dwayne Bravo: "Good experience, but it's a special moment. Most of the guys, it's their first time. We played just one game in Chennai, so a lot was going wrong. But we kept focus, and nothing's better than winning titles. Experience is better than youth, and we've shown that. Experience comes across in moments like this. Watson's a world-class player."
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This was all about experience, just as it was throughout the season. Experience mattered in the final as well as Chennai Super Kings lifted their third IPL title.

It was about experience and CSK had so much experience that they could afford to leave out Harbhajan Singh, who would have played in his 150th IPL match. As their captain would often say, they trusted the process and believed that their experience would come through.

It was that experience that MS Dhoni called on when he decided to bowl first, instead of batting and putting on a big total, which most captains would have done in a final. It was that experience that Watson called on, when he was batting on 0 from 10 balls. Instead of wilting under pressure, the Aussie all-rounder stood tall and became the first player to score a century in a run chase in an IPL final. 

And it wasn't as if SRH didn't do their bit. They did their best. Even though neither Dhawan nor Williamson scored a fifty, they put on a good total courtesy of their middle-order who finally came to the party. They put on a total that their bowlers would have fancied defending. But CSK's experience turned out to be the difference.

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CSK invade the field, Dhoni is smiling somewhere in the background, the yellow brigade has taken over the ground. Wow, what a team, what a leader, what a franchise
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18.3 Brathwaite to Rayudu, FOUR! TITLE NO.3 FOR CHENNAI SUPER KINGS! Dhoni walks out as if he just came out of a theatre. There's hardly an expression on his face.
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18.2 Brathwaite to Rayudu, no run.
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18.1 Brathwaite to Rayudu, no run, full ball angled in, Rayudu defends
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18.0 Over 18. 11 runs. Bowler: Siddarth Kaul. Chennai Super Kings: 177/2(rr 9.83)
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17.6 Kaul to Watson, no run, loads of ooohs and aaahs, as he defends the next ball to take this game to another over.
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17.5 Kaul to Watson, FOUR! I'm losing track of adjectives here. Drilled, I think, he smokes this along the ground, through the bowler. Did it leave a trail behind? CSK win, wow, sports, cricket, things it can do, a team which was making a comeback has done it, SHANEsational
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17.4 Kaul to Watson, FOUR! That rocket almost took Kaul's head along. Hammered, smashed away. That was a bullet, it was a missile, it was shot back and Kaul has dodged it, the ball races across, hits the skirting in no time
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17.3 Kaul to Rayudu, 1 run, outside off, he hangs in his crease and crunches the ball to cover. Watson is all the world wants to see at this moment.
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17.2 Kaul to Watson, 1 run, full-toss below the waist, Watson is giving everything a baseball swing, sends this down to long off.
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17.1 Kaul to Rayudu, 1 run, back of a length on the pads, helped away to deep backward square.
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17.0 Over 17. 12 runs. Bowler: Rashid Khan. Chennai Super Kings: 166/2(rr 9.76)
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13 needed for the so-called Dad's army to saunter to a win
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16.6 Rashid to Watson, FOUR! It's his day, and his Guarding Angel is there to help him now. Mistimes a slog, but the ball falls just short of Hooda, who lets it go through him.
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16.5 Rashid to Watson, FOUR! He's down on one knee, toying with Rashid Khan now. Paddles it away fine, too fine. Too much class. Now he is showing off, is Watson, just laps it away, you do not treat Rashid like that, but if you've slammed a century you can do what you want
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16.4 Rashid to Rayudu, 1 run, tapped to mid-on and he gives the strike back to Watto.
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16.3 Rashid to Watson, 1 run. Salute Shane Robert Watson! Second of the season! Tapped to the off-side and he jogs across. First 10 balls he did not score a run and then he exploded, he reduced the famed SRH bowling to crumbles, smoked them and then slammed them some more, gets the century, boy, CSK are ever so close. A CENTURY!
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Right, Watson is on 99, what an innings this has been, on a finale
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16.2 Rashid to Rayudu, 1 run, oh there's a nice crunching drive from Rayudu, full on the off, driven away to long off.
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16.1 Rashid to Watson, 1 run, tossed up on the stumps, he nurdles it to long on. Calma, calma everyone.
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Rashid, SRH need a hattrick!
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16.0 Over 16. 8 runs. Bowler: Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Chennai Super Kings: 154/2(rr 9.62)
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15.6 Bhuvneshwar to Watson, 1 run, goes on his toes and deftly deflects it to third man to retain strike. Watson is limping, but he takes a single, no jazz needed he says, calm down people
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15.5 Bhuvneshwar to Rayudu, 1 run, throws his bat at this one, it's short and wide, and he slashes it to deep cover.
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15.4 Bhuvneshwar to Rayudu, no run, on the off stump, driven straight to cover. Creams it, but finds the fielder
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15.3 Bhuvneshwar to Rayudu, SIX! And he breaks the chains all around, waltzes down and smacks it well over deep cover. He comes down the track and then slams the ball on the up over long off...clean hit!
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15.2 Bhuvneshwar to Rayudu, no run, there's some movement into the batsman, he punches it to the off side.
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15.1 Bhuvneshwar to Rayudu, no run, Bhuvi angles one into Rayudu who just defends that to mid-wicket. No run there.
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Bhuvneshwar Kumar, SRH need wickets
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Strategic time-out! Such was the carnage from Watson that Rayudu can play Rashid for a maiden. Five overs to go and CSK need just 33 to win. The game has swung in the matter of a few overs. From 0 off 10, Watson is at 97 off 48. He carted Sandeep for 27 off an over and that has changed the complexion of the game.
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15.0 Over 15. 1 run. Bowler: Rashid Khan. Chennai Super Kings: 146/2(rr 9.73)
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14.6 Rashid to Rayudu, 1 legbye, Rashid Khan bowls a maiden even as Rayudu sneaks a legbye. Watson reluctantly trudges to the other end as the ball beats short fine leg.
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14.5 Rashid to Rayudu, no run, that came in sharply and Rashid appeals. SRH go for a review. They think it is pad first. It is but it the impact is outside the off stump. And SRH lose their review. 
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14.4 Rashid to Rayudu, no run, Rayudu calmly defends that back to the bowler. He doesn't mind seeing off Rashid here.
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14.3 Rashid to Rayudu, no run, Rayudu works it around the corner and only finds short fine leg this time. If he wants a quick single, he isn't getting it, not with Watson at the other end.