Mumbai: Chennai Super Kings won their third IPL title after outplaying Sunrisers Hyderabad by eight wickets in the final at Wankhede stadium here on Sunday. Shane Watson did the star turn by slamming his second ton of the tournament to make a chase off 179 easier after a slow start.
Skipper M.S. Dhoni, who had lost three finals as captain of CSK, got his hand on the trophy again after 2011. Chennai have scaled the peak again. They were 3-0 at Wankhede and 4-0 against SRH this season.
Earlier, Yusuf Pathan blazed away an unbeaten 25-ball 45 to power Sunrisers to 178/6. The platform was set by the 51-run second wicket stand between skipper Kane Williamson and opener Shikhar Dhawan. Orange cap holder Williamson scored 36-ball 47 and finished the tournament with 735 runs at an average of over 50.
Considering the final match pressure, the chase was stiff and it got harder after openers, especially Watson, struggled against the movement generated by SRH swing bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Sandeep Sharma. When Faf du Plessis got out in the last ball of the fourth over, CSK had just 16 on the board.