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IPL 2018: Best tweets from the tournament

28 May, 2018, 09:32 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • Rashid Khan Twitter

He was the man of the moment who played instrumental role in giving a remarkable victory for Chennai team at the Wankhede Stadium.

The win dashed the hopes of SRH, 2016 winners and led ably by Kane Williamson (in the absence of Aussie David Warner, who is serving a year-long ban in connection with the ball tampering saga), to win the coveted title.

Captain Kane Williamson earlier became only the fifth player to make 700 runs in an IPL season, the New Zealand worldwide scoring 47 in the Sunrisers' total of 178-6. After the game, Harbhajan even said fingerspinners were playing an increasingly limited part in T20 cricket. The key weapon of SRH is Rashid Khan, who is a great bowler. Yet, when Sunrisers lost their fourth wicket in the 16th over, they sent in Deepak Hooda. After 5 overs, CSK stood at 20 for the loss of 1 wicket. It was expected to be another nail-biter but Watson made the match one-sided with his powerful hitting as Chennai chased down 179 in a canter. That's the end of Powerplay.

Remarkably, it took Watson 11 balls to get off the mark, but after that he belted 11 fours and eight sixes in the monster knock. Not just the elders, Ziva also ran around with her buddies Gracia Raina and Hinaya Singh. Another costly over by Sid. We saw that in our first five-six overs, and for the large part of the game we were doing okay. Wanted to get run-a-ball before getting out.


"It means a lot to be with a franchise like CSK", Watson added. Ambati Rayudu had joined Shane Watson. Two seamers have also impressed, Shardul Thakur with 15 wickets and South Africa's Lungi Ngidi with his pace. With Bhuvneshwar Kumar, they gave Sunrisers three reliable Indian seamers, something no other side had. The Indian took the charge to the SRH bowlers and while Suresh Raina at number 3 could not do much, Rayudu hung in there with determination to take CSK over the line. Watson had hit back-to-back fours in the last two balls bowled by Rashid, thus taking the total score to 166/2.

Just when it looked KKR were on course, four quick wickets brought Sunrisers back into the match.

The Baroda batsman then accumulated 34 runs for Hyderabad with Brathwaite in the remaining 18 deliveries to help their side reach a competitive total in the mega final. The verdict was nearly seized as CSK then needed only 2 from 12 balls.

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