Playing for Chennai Super Kings, Watson nearly proved the saviour in a nailbiting run chase, slamming 80 from 59 balls in a one-man show as his side tried to chase down the Mumbai Indians' 8/149. It was now time to celebrate! With his wicket, Mumbai's chances increased and thanks to some clever bowling by Lasith Malinga, the Rohit Sharma-led team were able to render Watson's resistance futile.
Yuvraj Singh was seen holding the IPL trophy even as a few fans chanted "Bumrah Bumrah" along the way. The players along with the trophy were part of the open bus parade which began from owner Nita Ambani's house.
Malinga was also seen waving to the crowd and head coach Mahela Jayawardene was seen holding the coveted cup.
After winning the Indian Premiere League 2019, the team of Mumbai Indians returned to Mumbai today evening, and all the players were papped coming out of the airport. The final two balls of the over were dispatched for two boundaries as Mumbai ended with 149.
Watson, who was dropped twice by Rahul Chahar, looked as though he would deliver victory after he smashed four sixes and eight fours in his 59-ball knock but he paid for a reckless run out when he attempted to get back on strike. However, Jasprit Bumrah's stunning spell of 4-0-14-2 proved to be the game changer as Mumbai clinched the thriller. With Chennai needing just two runs off the last ball, MS Dhoni and his men surely had the upper hand in the final minutes.
In reply to the chase, Chennai Super Kings lost Faf du Plessis after a good start but the lack of partnerships failed to make things fall in place for CSK.
Having faced criticism at times during his global career for poor body language, there was no way Watson was going to let on about his bloodbath as he powered through the pain barrier to nearly steal the IPL title from Mumbai's grasp.