Sunrisers Hyderabad have made an impressive impact in the 11th edition of the season. Despite being on the losing side in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 finals, the Orange camp gave every team a run for their money. Sunrisers lost to Chennai Super Kings in the IPL finals by 8 wickets as Shane Watson's ton powered the MS Dhoni-led yellow brigade to lift their third trophy, equalling Mumbai Indians' record. (IPL 2018 FULL COVERAGE)
Despite posting a formidable total of 178/6, Chennai Super Kings hunted down the chase with ease as opener Shane Watson single-handedly took up the job and rose to the occasion to hand CSK a win in a high-octane clash. (IPL FINALS MATCH HIGHLIGHTS)
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During the post-match press conference, skipper Kane Williamson said that the team showed great character throughout and it was a great experience leading the side.
"A new bunch of guys in SRH, 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.
"Every team is trying to find the balance between bat and ball. Rashid is a great asset for us. As a team, we look back fondly on the season. It's a collective effort from the team," said Williamson.
Players such as Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Manish Pandey, Rashid Khan, Yusuf Pathan, mentor VVS Laxman, coach Tom Moody took to Twitter to apologise and thank the fans for their support. Take a look.
Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn. We might have lost the match, but we haven't lost our spirit. We will be back next year, stronger and more determined. A big Thank You to all the fans for the tremendous love and support you showed throughout the season. #OrangeArmy pic.twitter.com/LRgS6e3KxY— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) May 28, 2018
Heartbreaking to come up short last night, Congratulations @ChennaiIPL on being crowned #IPL Champions again!!— Manish Pandey (@im_manishpandey) May 28, 2018
Last 2 months with @SunRisers have been truly amazing.. Thank you #OrangeArmy for being there for us & I sincerely hope we can do one better next year @IPL !!
So the #ipl2018 has come to an end , not the way we wanted to finish it but we're happy with our performance.
want to thanks D management , all the coaches & most importantly all the fans 4 showing so much love & for supporting me throughout D tournament❤ @SunRisers @IPL pic.twitter.com/IbQV4iYgVw— Rashid Khan (@rashidkhan_19) May 28, 2018
We fought hard, we fought till the end, special effort by the Orange Army @SunRisers though we finished second. From the skipper Kane Williamson to the support staff this is a special unit.— Yusuf Pathan (@iamyusufpathan) May 27, 2018
Congratulations to the champions @ChennaiIPL #IPL
Very proud of the way @SunRisers played in this IPL, I thank each and every member of the @SunRisers family for their efforts and support. Absolutely brilliant knock from Shane Watson and many congratulations to @ChennaiIPL on a well-deserved victory #IPLfinal2018— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) May 27, 2018
As it was the last match for the season in Hyderabad, I want to thank all the supporters and fans for giving us so much love throughout the IPL season.. #orangearmy #srh #ipl2018 @SunRisers pic.twitter.com/6igYqzwso1— Bhuvneshwar Kumar (@BhuviOfficial) May 20, 2018
Sunrisers Hyderabad had one of the most destructive bowling units in the IPL this season and Afghan sensation Rashid Khan lead the pack with his skills. The Orange camp were great defenders as they had stunned the best teams in the IPL and had a knack to successfully defend low scoring matches.
Former Sunrisers Hyderabad captain David Warner, who stepped down as skipper before the IPL, said that the boys have done a commendable job. Take a look.
Seriously good knock by @ShaneRWatson33 well done mate simply amazing to watch. Not the result @SunRisers wanted but you have to pat yourselves on the back and say well done for the way you played throughout the tournament 👍— David Warner (@davidwarner31) May 27, 2018