Today they face the second qualifier match against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
The big-hitting Aussie allrounder plundered 27 runs off one over of paceman Sandeep Sharma.
The match in a tweet: Timeless Shane Watson delivers on cue, a century in the final handing Chennai a record-equalling third title! They took some tap in those games, which may have dented their confidence.
The head coach also added that the Chennai team had a plan to tackle Afghani bowler Rashid Khan and he is glad that the team stuck to it. Their declining form meant Sunrisers went from a bowling unit of five reliable options to one trying to fill in overs by a sixth bowler. Once again, the way we started with the ball was outstanding, gave us an opportunity. CSK was at 72 for the loss of 1 wicket after 9 overs. Overall, Bhuvneshwar ended with figures of zero wickets by giving 17 runs in four overs. Williamson had his reasons. The older players such as Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Dwayne Bravo, Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni have all had pivotal contributions to CSK's journey towards the final. But it's a challenge to get that bat-ball balance. Average T20 score has been around 180.
Earlier, after being put into bat, captain Kane Williamson (47) and Yusuf Pathan (45 not out) played the principal innings in Hyderabad's total.
The former Australia all-rounder produced a masterclass of clean striking in Mumbai, hitting eight sixes and 11 fours to seal another IPL crown for Chennai on their return to the tournament following a two-year absence following corruption charges. I think from that point onwards, that innings of Shane Watson. anyone who turns out with an innings of 100-plus in the final, it was obviously a significant effort and great contribution to their side and very hard to stop, so a fantastic knock. 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.
At a time when Kane Williamson was starting to look threatening, some clever bowling from Karn Sharma got the better of him and his wicket is the best dismissal of the match.
In the second playoff, Rashid showed what he could do as a batsman.
Kolkata Knight Riders captain Dinesh Karthik too heaped praises on Rashid Khan. But an over throw from Deepak Hooda gaved a bonus boundary to the CSK. Brathwaite's was 179.31 and Rashid's 263.80. Sunrisers are one from one in finals, having beaten RCB by eight runs in a run-fest in 2016 under the stewardship of David Warner.