Shane-sational Watson takes chennai to glory
It was the battle of the giants.The best batting line up against the best bowling attack. The best chasing side against the best defending unit.
The collateral damages were inevitable.
Dhoni won the toss and decided to field first. He choose to chase against the best defending side. Well that’s captain terrific for you. Goswami’s early departure was a glitch but it paved the way for the most successful batsman of the tournament. The captain and the orange cap holder again proved his worth .With 47 runs of 36 balls he laid the foundation for a big score. Along with Shikhar dhawan he took the score from 42 runs in 6 overs to 101 runs in 12.1 overs. That’s when the firepower came with all guns blazing. Yusuf pathan rode his juggernaut through the Chennai bowling with 45 runs of just 25 balls with 4 4’s and 2 sixes. Shakib al Hassan gave a handful of contribution with 23 runs of 15 balls. And finally it was Carlos Braithwaite who notched up 3 towering sixes to set a formiddable total of 178 runs.
The stage was all set. With a bowling line up comprising sandeep Sharma, Bhubaneswar kumar, Rashid ali khan, shakib al Hassan siddharth kaul, that score seemed like an everest. Considering they have defended some of the lowest scores of ipl such as 118 against the mighty Mumbai Indians this year or 119 against pune in 2013 , the viewers were in for a treat.
The chase started.and it started beautifully . The ball was now in the court of some the finest artists .
Who,other than Bhubaneswar could have confirmed it more. His first over maiden was a true masterpiece. Along with Sandeep Sharma he created a puzzle that was too hard to carck . sandeep got the better of Faf du plesis 3rd over, the hero of qualifier. Raina steered the wheels for a while and on the other side Watson failed to even the middle the ball. That big fella opened his account in 11 balls. In the powerplays CSK could only gather 35 runs at the loss of one crucial wicket.
But as we all know “QUE SERA SERA” (whatever happen will happen).
Rusty Watson flicked one to six in 6.1 over…..and the beast was unleashed .the show was about to begin. From 1 of 11 deliveries, the aussie monster went on to score half century in just 33 balls. Raina gave a handful contribution of 32 runs in 24 balls. But the aussie all rounder had other things in mind. Post half century, he scored the next 50 runs in just 18 deliveries. En route he dismantled Sandeep Sharma by scoring 26 runs in the 13th over with 2 4’s and 3 consecutive sixes. With 9 balls to spare Chennai super kings chased down the impossible looking target against a potent attack.
Ambati rayudu hit the final nail in the coffin but the hero of the night was undoubtedly shane Watson.
With the final boundary the Chennai super kings beat all odds to be crowned the glory. They were banned for two years, a whole new bunch of players were to be assembled and synchronized together, they were deprived of their home venue….they conquered all.
Chennai you beauty.
9 play offs , 7 finals , 3 ipl titles , 2 clt20 titles …you complete this genre of cricket…