Shane Watson scored unbeaten 117 off 57 balls as Chennai Super Kings won their third Indian Premier League title as they beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 8 wickets on Sunday in the final of IPL 2018 at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Chennai chased down the total with 9 balls to spare.
Sunrisers Hyderabad captain Kane Williamson has added a fresh feather into his already illustrious cap as he became only the sixth cricketer ever to score more than 700 runs in a single edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Ravichandran Ashwin-led Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) will face Kane Williamson captained Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in their 4th match and 16th game of the 11th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) at Mohali. KXIP would aim to make three wins in a row at Mohali by breaking SRH’s winning streak.
Williamson-led SRH are the only team which has not lost any match yet from their 3 games so far in the season. On the other hand, after losing to Royal Challengers Bangalore, KXIP bounced back brilliantly against Chennai Super Kings.
Sunrisers Hyderabad began their journey in the 11th edition of Indian Premier League by defeating Rajasthan Royals in their opening match on Monday at their home ground. The home crowd was certainly happy with the victorious start but this time it was a bit different for them as their star player and their former captain David Warner was missing because of the ban.
Not just fans but the team are also missing their title-winning captain as their current skipper Kane Williamson conveyed the message during the post-match ceremony. "No doubt we missed Davey (Warner). He's been a fantastic player for a lot of years. Good to see everyone stepping up," said Williamson.
He also spoke about positives and negatives from this game and added, "Guys were great on the field and all did their roles well. It was nice to see people step up well with both bat and ball. All the bowlers certainly played their part. We got wickets at key times, but it was important we fielded well. We took some really good catches. A team effort. Yes, there are small areas we can still improve. (On bowling a lot of short balls) It wasn't a planned thing, the surface was such that the short ball was coming on nicely. There was something for the pacers and the spinners while the batsmen were also to score runs. A fair surface actually. "
Every player looks up to someone for inspiration and copies their respective style. Many of them also look up to their counterparts and rivals in order to improve themselves by taking the positives from them. Australian captain Steven Smith is one such cricketer. In the latest video released by Cricket Network, Smith named three of his rival batsman whom he often looks up to and replicates them while playing. Smith spoke on this topic post Allan Border Medal 2018 and positively opened up on what shots he has tried and copied from his counterparts.