Man of the Match Watson, who inexplicably took 11 balls to open his account, remained unbeaten on 117 off 57 balls and hit 11 fours and eight sixes during the course of his innings.
In all, it was Watson’s fourth ton in the history of the league. More importantly, it made a sweet homecoming possible for CSK after a two-year suspension.
It was MS Dhoni’s men first title since 2011.
No.3 Williamson had added 51 runs for the second wicket with opener Shikhar Dhawan to leave behind bad memories of Shreevats Goswami’s run-out early in the innings.
The scoring responsibility entirely fell to Yusuf after Williamson’s departure and boy did he rise to the occasion. He dominated the 32-run stand with 27 runs.
Yusuf showed his immense IPL experience and played a well-calculated innings. He largely looked for singles and doubles but whenever the opportunity presented itself he was equal to the task. Still his strike rate was close to 200.
However, with the arrival of Carlos Brathwaite as Deepak Hooda returned after scoring just 3, Yusuf chose to play second fiddle and in the 34-run stand with the powerful West Indian contributed 10.
It was a brainy show on all counts and that SRH reached a solid total was largely due to his exploits with the bat. Yusuf hit four fours and two sixes.
However as it turned out, Watson played a sublime innings to dwarf Yusuf’s effort by a long way.