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The IPL 2018 champions

What will you call the last match of VIVO IPL 2018; one sided, team effort?Well, it was ‘A Fairytale Comeback’.

Returning from 2 year suspension, CSK had surely not forgotten their old taste of winning and it reflected in their performance everywhere. Retaining key players, finding the best mix of skill & experience and coming up with effective team combination; were some winning moves beyond the field. Winning the title for 3rd time, ‘The Midas Man’, MS

Dhoni proved his mettle once more as a master tactician.

The final

To be honest SRH never looked in command of the game. While their mighty defence could have invoked some calm in their ranks but against this Chennai batting, 179 was never going to be enough. Kane Williamson and Yusuf Pathan came up with gritty innings but were overshadowed by a staggering batting performance by Shane Watson. Much talked about 19 year old, Rashid Khan, wasn’t able to make an impact in this encounter and the SRH bowling lacked the sharpness it displayed on other nights in this IPL. Once Watson got going there was no stopping him and Chennai.

Well, the winning shot was hit by Ambati Rayudu but surely one wanted this to be in Dhoni’s name. Not to forget this was the same ground which gave him sky-high stature and the last six in CWC 2011, is still fresh in the minds of the Indian fans.

Many congratulations to ‘Yellow Army’, while gratifying support to the ‘Orange Army’, who did superb by topping the table in absence of their stalwart captain David Warner and exceeding expectations of all cricket fans. Guys, you earned respect!

Fitness of the players

It was another scorching day with the players bearing extreme heat. Top fitness was at display as the conditions never got the better off the Chennai bowlers. The fielding was top class from both sides apart from a couple of excited overtures by Hooda. Watson may look fragile when it comes to running between the wickets but the 36 year old didn’t need much running as he was more gunning than sprinting between the wickets.

All things said, the final was no less than display of ‘Vintage wine in a new bottle’ and after gap of couple years, ‘The Whistlepodu’ is loud again.!!

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