It started with a hammy-torn Jadhav pulling out a miracle. It ends with another hammy-pulled Watson plundering a surrender. It's been that season. It's been scripted - two years in oblivion precedes a fairy tale. The night's been really long, but some of CHN's spectators refuse to leave. Well someone has to, so we do. Hope you had fun bearing with all that we wrote, we sure did enjoy your comments. Now go, disperse, grab back your nationalities. On behalf of the entire team - Vineet Anantharaman, Kumar Abhisekh Das, MS Ramakrishnan, Akshay Maanay, Rishi Roy and our scorer Siva, ta ta!!
Now Dhoni moves to the big stage where the trophy is waiting for him. He takes it and hands it to his teammates, who take all the limelight as confetti goes up in the background. They pose in front of the champions board now. Dhoni holds his daughter and both enjoy the confetti flying around them. The CHN team is singing their team song as Raina, Bhajji, Murali Vijay, Balaji etc bring their kids. The CHN fans in the stands are absolutely elated to see their team all smiles.
Dhoni (2/2): We talked a lot about age but what matters is the fitness. Rayudu for example is 33, he's someone who is fit, covers a lot of ground. Even if he plays a few games where he spends a lot of time in the ground and in the field, he never complains. So it is the fitness that really matters more than the age aspect. What captains want is players who move well in the field. It doesn't matter which year a player is born in, whether you are 19 or 20 - you have to be agile. You have to accept your shortcomings. For example if I push Watson to stop a single, there is a very good chance that he'll burst his hamstring and won't be available for the next game. So what you tell yourselves is that they have to commit and try, but there's no point getting injured for a single. No plans to celebrate as of now. We are going to Chennai tomorrow, meet a few people, the fans and some people who are close to the franchise. But we'll have a get-together in the hotel and celebrate.
MS Dhoni | CHN captain: (1/2) By the time you reach the final everybody know their roles. The fielders have to adjust their roles while fielding, but while batting the styles are well known. So if somebody is finding it difficult in the middle, you know the incoming batsmen wouldn't find it easy as well. Well, Bhuvi is as deceptive as Rashid and thus it's not just one bowler in their side who could put pressure on us. So it was a good batting effort, but we always had belief in the firepower our middle-order has. [On Bravo sitting with pads on] He keeps doing it on his own. There was no plan as such (to promote him up); with Faf playing Rayudu had to come down at four. But Bravo is someone who pads quite easily and stays ready. Very difficult to recall what the earlier championship wins were. A lot of people talk about stats, so tonight is 27th, my jersey number is seven and this is the seventh final for us. Enough reasons to win it. But none of these reasons matter, what matters is that we've won it in the end.
MS Dhoni gets the winners' cheque of Rs. 20,00,00,000
Stephen Fleming | CHN coach: Each year has been different for us. We stayed pretty consistent with the core of our team when others kept chopping and changing. It's one thing that players are older, but it's the professionalism that we got look into as well. MS Dhoni handles me (smiles). It's about man-management. When he goes on the field he can do the things. There's a lot of trust as well and it's a nice relationship to have with him.
Kane Williamson | HYD skipper: We thought it would be a very competitive total. It was a good surface but the slower balls were holding. Hats off, Shane Watson comes and gets 120 not out in the final. It's frustrating, but CHN were deserved winners. They certainly showed their experience. A new bunch of guys in HYD, a great bunch of guys in the unit. Showed great character. It was a great experience leading this side, shame that we couldn't win the final, but there are a lot of positives. Every team is trying to find the balance between bat and ball. No doubt having a quality bowling attack with bowlers who can control the death overs and also the likes of Rashid are all great assets to have. It's always a struggle to find the balance and you are always compromising in one or two areas. But that is one of the joys of the decision making that you are part of. As a team we look back fondly on the season. It's a collective effort from the team. I enjoy the captaincy and it was nice to contribute to the team with the bat personally.
Kane Williamson collects Rs. 12,50,00,000 - He's the runner up, remember. Calculate the GST.
Tom Moody | HYD coach: I saw something special tonight. Shane Watson's innings was just out of the box; they needed something special and that's what Watson provided. I think the season has been really good. We had a few setbacks early on with a few players unavailable. It wasn't a bad thing for us to come back to earth after the start, rejig something for the finals. Kane has shown the cricketing world that he can play all three formats leisurely. We are really fortunate to have him in the squad and every team is lucky to have him at the helm. [On Rashid] He's a terrific cricketer, not only in India but everybody's fallen in love with him. Not only his bowling, we saw what a flash he had with the bat in Calcutta. He's been a fantastic cricketer.
Some awards for the umpires, referees as we go on. Okay, runners up medals coming up now.
Sunil Narine | MVP (pre-recorded): Unfortunately I couldn't be there as our team were knocked out. Really wish we were in the finals. It has been a successful journey with the bat and ball. I would like to continue it and I really wish I could be there to collect the award.
Williamson wins the Orange cap with 735 runs. He'll be interviewed as the runners-up captain in a few moments. Hang on.
Andrew Tye -- 24 wickets to boast -- Purple cap (pre-recorded): I accept the purple cap with great honour. India's been a great place with a lot of memories to take home. Unfortunately our team couldn't make it to the finals but we'll try hard to get back next year.
Stylish Player of the Season - Rishabh Pant -- He mints another 1000 grand
Super Striker of the Season: Sunil Narine - Well he isn't here too. His pyrotechnics are etched in our memories though.
Perfect Catch of the Season - Trent Boult -- Well he's gone back, Rishabh Pant collects on his behalf. A brilliant athletic back-peddling catch by the Black Cap.
T20 League Fairplay award - Mumbai -- Aditya Tare collects
Rishabh Pant | Emerging player of the season: I enjoyed the whole tournament; but it didn't go well for the team though. When you play a lot of matches you get confidence and that helps me and the team. Last year I was trying to hit a lot of sixes, but in this season I've stopped my instincts from taking over.
Pitch and ground award - Punjab Cricket Association (For grounds who've hosted less than seven matches)
Pitch and ground award - Cricket Association of Bengal (For those grounds who've hosted seven matches or more)
Shane Watson | MoM: It's been a special season to be honest. To get a special season especially after the last season with BLR. It means a lot to be with a franchise like CHN. After those first ten balls I was only hoping to catch up to at least a run-a-ball. Bhuvi is really good with the new ball and was lucky to get the opportunity to catch up. It was good that I got a couple of boundaries to hit and get on par to take it from there. The good thing is that I wouldn't be playing for the next three-four months; feels great. It gives me plenty of time to recover. Throughout the back end of the tournament I was hanging on for dear life, Stephen Fleming and MS Dhoni have been looking after me really well and I am really glad to contribute like I did tonight.
Right, the real presentations coming your way. There are over ten dignitaries on the stage waiting to give out awards .. it's a long night. Simon Doull to take us through.
Harbhajan Singh: Brilliant the way we came out and chased it down. To see what Watson, what he brings to the table, you know how many runs you might get, it is always chaseable. Fourth T20 League title for me and I am glad. I mean considering that Kane was in good form and they had a lot of middle-order batsmen who were right-handers, Dhoni was right that he needed someone who would take the ball away from the batsman. We have seen wrist spinners bowling more and more overs in the T20 League compared to finger spinners. But I hope it would change next year. Well done to Karn and glad to be on the winning side.
Karn Sharma: I was prepared and was waiting for my chance to grab the opportunities I got.
Chahar: I enjoyed bowling with the new ball. I have been waiting for my chance and this year I got my chance. Thanks to Mahi bhai for believing in me; batting, bowling and fielding. It is everyone's dream to play in the T20 League and win it, one of my dreams have come true.
Thakur: It is great. Last year I was part of final, but couldn't win it. But this year we won it and it is incredible. I am feeling at top of the world. I think I had the last game in my mind, had to bowl well in the death. More often than not you get hit in this format. Today I was on top of my game and executed the plans.
Ngidi: Very amazing. It's been a roller coaster of emotions. Good to come away with a win and lucky to be part of an T20 League winning side. Not many people get to experience such a moment. It's lovely to have the death bowling responsibility on your shoulders and take it in your stride, one ball at a time in a pressure situation and it is great to help the team win.
Jadeja: It is good to be part of a champion team. We did a great job on and off the field because we have played as a team despite winning or losing. We've participated after two years and am very glad to finish as champions.
Dwayne Bravo: It has been good. This is a special moment. The team did not play together for the last two years. We had to move from Chennai after one game. For most of the guys, this is their first time. We were able to keep focus and do it. Nothing is better than winning finals. We always said experience will help in crunch times. Watson batted on one leg and despite the hamstring, his experience helped him. Watson is a world class player.
Rayudu: I was really fortunate to have such a season for Chennai. I worked really hard for it and am glad that I could hit the winning runs. Initially the wicket looked a little slow, it was damp, got much quicker and I am glad we could chase it down.
Stats brought to you by Deepu Narayanan
- Eight players this season scored 500+ runs - the most ever going past seven from 2013.
- This is the first time a team has beaten an opponent four times in a season.
- Teams finishing second in league phase lifting T20 League title:CHN in 2011 & 2018KOL in 2012 & 2014MUM in 2013 & 2015
- Ambati Rayudu (2013, 2015, 2017 & 2018) equals Rohit Sharma (2009, 2013, 2015 & 2017) for the most wins in T20 League finals. Harbhajan Singh also makes that list though he was not part of the XI.
- T20 League Champions:RAJ in 2008HYD in 2009CHN in 2010, 2011 & 2018KOL in 2012 & 2014MUM in 2013, 2015 & 2017HYD in 2016
The Watson show: When the scoreboard read 0(10) against Shane Watson, there were thoughts of this being the final T20 League season for him. Questions were being asked. But in a matter of minutes, he plays his finest knock in T20 League history. Battled a niggle that didn't let him move freely, but why worry when you can clear the boundary at will. He connected them sweetly and smashed Sandeep Sharma for 26 runs in an over and stunned HYD.
Match summary: HYD getting 178 on the board was a stiff ask many thought, because they have a brilliant bowling attack. CHN where going nowhere when they reached only 20/1 after 5 overs. But they didn't need to go anywhere. Too much experience in the bank and they never panicked. HYD missed the trick of not bowling Shakib to a struggling Watson and by the time he was brought on, Watson was ready to greet him with a first ball six. HYD interestingly gave Bhuvi a third over in the powerplay, but the sensible heads in the yellow camp chose to play him out knowing they have enough firepower to catch up. Watson upped the ante in the sixth over and there was no looking back for the Aussie from that point. Rashid Khan, HYD's main weapon, went wicketless and thus the best bowling line-up in T20 League history was taken to cleaners. The trophy is now on its way to RA Puram, Chennai.
This is an insane run chase from CHN. The heads were down when Watson was struggling and Faf fell in the trap, but they believed. They have built a team around experience. They were mocked when their squad didn't have many youngsters, but it's that experience of handling big game pressure that has helped them win the title this year. CHN become the first team to beat a side four times in a single season. 2018 - Chennai is being engraved on the trophy now.
Carlos Brathwaite [2.0-0-23-1] is back into the attack
The CHN dugout is just waiting to erupt. 2 runs needed
Fifth 100 of T20 League 2018, fourth against HYD128* R Pant117* Watson104* Gayle100* Rayudu
Siddarth Kaul [2.0-0-32-0] is back into the attack
Two 100s in an T20 League season:V Kohli (4) in 2016C Gayle in 2011H Amla in 2017S Watson in 2018
Bhuvneshwar Kumar [3.0-1-9-0] is back into the attack
Time-out. Just 1 run off that over, yet the requried rate is only 6.6. Got to question HYD's tactics today with the ball. Watson was struggling and they never tried Shakib at him (in the powerplay). In fact they were on top at one stage with CHN only 20/1 in 5 overs. Bhuvi was bowled for a third over. CHN calmly played him out because they know they have the firepower at the death even against the best. It's in the yellow bag at the moment, can the Orange Army steal this?
A very optimistic review for LBW, but it's going to be eaten up I feel. Impact way outside off stump. Waste!
Rashid Khan [2.0-0-12-0] is back into the attack
Would you believe it, from 20/1 after 5 overs, the run rate is under six with six overs to go!
Highest individual scores in T20 League finals (Chases):97 S WATSON*94 M Pandey v PUN, 201489 M Bisla v CHN, 201276 C Gayle v HYD, 2016
Ambati Rayudu, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Brathwaite to Raina, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Caught behind review. Is Raina walking now? Looked like a glove/edge to me. He's not waiting for the replays. Raina has given himself out. Definite glove there and it's a good review. Much needed red for the orange team there.
Sandeep Sharma [3.0-0-25-1] is back into the attack
75 runs needed from 48 balls
Carlos Brathwaite, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Most runs conceded in a season:536 S Kaul (2018)* - after his second over533 D Bravo (2018)508 Umesh (2013)507 McClenaghan (2017)497 D Bravo (2013)494 D Bravo (2016)
So that was Rishi Roy for the last 5 overs. Ramki will take you through to the end.
Shakib Al Hasan, left-arm orthodox, comes into the attack
Time for the penultimate timeout of the season. CHN have picked up on the run-rate after the powerplay, funnily enough. 36 off the last three overs. Sid Kaul is back.
Rashid Khan, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
Siddarth Kaul, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Fourth lowest PP score for CHN this T20 League - three of them vs HYD27 in Hyderabad33 in Qualifier 135 tonight
Powerplay completed. A quiet one. Kumar Abhisekh Das leaves after the powerplay and this is Rishi Roy, taking you through for the next few overs.
Slip stays..for Watson
Suresh Raina, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Sandeep Sharma to du Plessis, THAT'S OUT!! Caught&Bowled!!
CHN have started off like a snail.
"Not much dew out there," says covert agent Vishaal Loganathan from the ground. "However the ropes were out during the breaks earlier. Sources are saying there won't be much today." -- That's good news for the HYD spinners, and bad news for CHN.
Sandeep Sharma, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Watson and du Plessis are at the crease. Watson is on strike. Bhuvneshwar will open the attack