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Ziva leads CSK’s baby brigade as Dhoni’s men lift IPL 2018 trophy

first_imgZiva Dhoni led the baby brigade at the Chennai Super Kings’ title triumph on Sunday night.Ziva was joined in by Gracia Raina and Hinaya Singh as Chennai Super Kings lifted the Indian Premier League trophy for the third time after outclassing Sunrisers Hyderabad in the final at the iconic Wankhede Stadium.CSK joined Mumbai Indians as the only other team to win the IPL title three times.Everywhere we go! We are the Chennai Boys and we are the #SuperChampions! #WhistlePodu pic.twitter.com/iVqQnMeXAiChennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) May 27, 2018Australian Shane Watson overcame a slow start on his way to an unbeaten 117 to guide the Chennai Super Kings to an eight-wicket win over the Sunrisers Hyderabad in Mumbai.MATCH REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS | PHOTOSChasing 179 for victory, the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Chennai eased to the target with nine deliveries to spare to complete a fairytale comeback to the popular Twenty20 tournament. Ziva ran around the ground enjoying the CSK celebrations with her little friends. (Photo: BCCI) Ziva Dhoni stayed along her parents during the presentation ceremony after the IPL 2018 final. (Photo: AP)Chennai, easily the most consistent team in the tournament with four runner-up trophies, returned to the 11th edition having served a two-year ban along with the Rajasthan Royals following a spot-fixing and illegal betting scandal in 2013.Also read – Whole of Tamil Nadu deserves this, says Sehwag as CSK lift 3rd IPL titleFormer India captain Dhoni won the toss and opted to field first and his bowlers never allowed the Hyderabad batsmen to score too freely.advertisementHyderabad captain Kane Williamson top-scored for his side with a 47 off 36 balls while Yusuf Pathan scored a brisk unbeaten 45 off 25 deliveries to take Hyderabad to 178-6 in their 20 overs.Also read – CSK players elated: Who said what after record third IPL titleThe total appeared big enough when Chennai started their chase with retired Australian international Watson unable to score off the first 10 balls he faced.Chennai were 20 for one after five overs and looking down the barrel when the burly opening batsman decided to open his arms.The 36-year-old peppered all corners of the stadium overlooking the Arabian Sea with powerfully-hit boundaries and ended up with 11 fours and eight sixes in his 57-ball knock.Also read – Shane Watson savours special 2018 with CSK after nightmarish 2017 with RCBWatson added 117 for the second wicket with Suresh Raina, who scored 32, and picked up a single off teenaged Afghan leg-spinner Rashid Khan to complete his hundred, his second of the season.Rashid, 19, was the biggest threat to Chennai’s chase having single-handedly dismantled the Kolkata Knight Riders in Friday’s playoffs with an all-round show. But Chennai kept him wicketless in his four overs while scoring 25.Chennai had finished behind table-toppers Hyderabad in the group stage but defeated them in the playoffs at the same venue on Tuesday. They picked up their third IPL trophy after a gap of seven years.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img


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