IPL Final: Shane Watson hits unbeaten 117 as CSK beat SRH by eight wickets to win their third Indian Premier League title

SHANE WATSON'S unbeaten century fired Chennai Super Kings to IPL glory in a fairytale return to the tournament.

The Aussie opener crashed 117 from 57 balls as CSK romped to a third title with an eight wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in Mumbai.

 Shane Watson starred in the Indian Premier League final for Chennai Super Kings

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Shane Watson starred in the Indian Premier League final for Chennai Super Kings
 Watson, 36, hit an unbeaten 117 runs off 57 balls for CSK

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Watson, 36, hit an unbeaten 117 runs off 57 balls for CSK
 Chennai Super Kings won by eight wickets in their first tournament back since receiving a two-year ban

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Chennai Super Kings won by eight wickets in their first tournament back since receiving a two-year ban

MS Dhoni’s yellow brigade returned to India’s prestigious T20 competition after a two-year ban and lifted the trophy once again.

Chennai were far too strong for 2016 champions SRH in Sunday’s showpiece at Wankhede Stadium.

They have reached the final a remarkable seven times in nine appearances in the IPL, adding the 2018 title to their victories in 2010 and 2011.

Sunrisers set CSK the target of 179 runs to win, which they achieved with nine balls to spare.

Chennai Super Kings‏ fans celebrate after fairytale comeback IPL final win against Sunrisers Hyderabad

 Kane Williamson hit 47 runs off 36 balls for the Sunrisers Hyderabad

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Kane Williamson hit 47 runs off 36 balls for the Sunrisers Hyderabad
 CSK clinched their third IPL title - their first triumph since 2011

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CSK clinched their third IPL title – their first triumph since 2011
 Sunrisers Hyperabad set CSK a target of 179 runs to win in the IPL final

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Sunrisers Hyperabad set CSK a target of 179 runs to win in the IPL final

Watson showed his ruthless nature by hitting the highest ever score ever made in an IPL final – while also sharing a second wicket-stand of 117 runs with Suresh Raina.

The 36-year-old hit a staggering 19 boundaries – including three straight sixes in the 13th over.

He took 11 balls to get off the mark, but made up for last time in emphatic fashion as he was named as the IPL Man of the Match.

Ambati Rayudu hit the winning runs for CSK, as he sealed a cover drive to the boundary to spark jubilant scenes.

SHANE WATSON'S unbeaten century fired Chennai Super Kings to IPL glory in a fairytale return to the tournament.