The 36-year-old Watson smartly orchestrated the run-chase by hitting 11 fours and eight sixes while keeping strike bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar (0-17) and Rashid Khan (0-24) wicketless. And Shane Watson hadn't slowed down after fall of Raina's wicket. There is no doubt that today's match is going to be an absolute cracker.
Williamson, a last-minute replacement for Australia s Warner as the Sunrisers captain, is up against the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings in the final in Mumbai on Sunday. "So what you tell yourselves is that they have to commit and try, but there's no point getting injured for a single", said Dhoni before adding the CSK squad will be heading to Chennai tomorrow for further celebrations. Rayudu hit the winning run in the 19 th over by cover-driving Brathwaite for a boundary, sparking off celebrations in the CSK dug-out as all the players ran into the field to complement Watson and break into a winning dance. The veteran off-spinner didn't get a chance to bowl in the previous match and was sidelined for the crucial final. A whopping 27 runs were scored in this expensive over by Sandeep Sharma.More news: Kim and Moon meet again amid shaky United States summit plans
Rashid Khan, after playing a fiery cameo with the bat, emerged as the hero with the ball for the Sunrisers once again. Gayle, had a statement to make and he began the tournament in blistering form and he silenced his critics with a big century against one of the best bowling attacks in the tournament in the SRH.
Find the full match scorecard here. "This one is a special moment because the team hasn't played for two years".
Watson's princely 117 off 57 balls laid the foundation for Chennai's 181-2 in 18.3 overs after Hyderabad had scored 178-6 batting first. They were 3-0 at Wankhede and 4-0 against SRH this season.More news: Two Indians killed, 8 missing as cyclone Mekunu devastates Yemen's Socotra
"That's the nature of T20 cricket, it's very aggressive, you play looking to get on top of bowlers and at times that can happen to anyone, it's just one of those things". Although this will be an enticing affair tonight, CSK have been in this position and have also had a good four days of rest before the final.
Afghan leaders have also praised Rashid for his performance.More news: Bale sinks Liverpool dreams in Champions League final