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IPL – The Grand Finale June 3, 2008

Posted by Vijay in Sports.
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On June 1st, Rajasthan Royals won the maiden DLF Indian Premier League 2008 at the nick of the last ball and what an exciting match it was. I don’t think we could have asked for a better finale to a most entertaining tournament in this summer. Chennai Super Kings fought very well and found unlucky in the end. The way M.S.Dhoni encouraged his team after the last ball was bowled shows his temperment and dedication towards the game. It all happens in a couple of overs in the Twenty-Twenty tournament as it is the compressed version of the game. The team which rectifies their mistakes within quicker becomes the winner as their is no time for recovery.IPL had many celebrities like Shah Rukh, Preity Zinta Aamir Khan and goes on…

We had some outstanding & some disappointing performances in the tournament :

Brenden McCullum(NZ) smashed a massive 158* from 71balls with 13 sixes and 10 fours against the Royal Challengers made the Kolkata Knight riders to feel better with a commanding win with a margin of 140 runs. Then the outstanding performance from Micheal Hussey(AUS) for Chennai Super Kings with 116 from 54 balls which led their team to pose the Highest total of 240/5 in the IPL. While in Deccan Chargers bowled 28 extras(b 4,lb 8,w 15,nb 1) and it was not fair as they were defending a low total of 110 against the Kolkata Knight Riders. The orange cap winner the IPL is Shaun Marsh from Western Australia with his 616 runs at an average of 68.44 with an strike rate of 139.68 in 11 matches. He added a century and 5 half centuries to his run tally.Sanath Jayasuriya holds the record of Highest number of sixes with 31 sixes. B AKhil of Royal Challengers made a 27* from 7 balls with 3 sixes and 2 fours with a strike rate of 385(i.e a four every ball)to make his team to win against the Deccan Chargers. The purple cap winner Sohail Tanvir struck 22 wickets from his ball with outstanding bowling figures of 6/14 made Chennai Super Kings to low total of 109. He has the bowling average of 10.80 and economy rate of 6.46. He is the only player to get two 4wicket hauls in the tournament. The most runs conceded by a bowler in a match is 59 runs by RP Singh at an economy rate of under 15 runs/over. Sachin Tendulkar becomes the most catches caught in an innings with 4 catches which also produced the Kolkata Knight Riders to perform a nightmare innings with only 67 runs on the board. The Mumbai Indians comprehensively won that match in 33 balls with firepower of Sanath Jayasuriya. The highest run partnership was made by Adam Gilchrist and VVS Laxman with 155*. We also noticed some hatricks in the tournament the first one was Lakshmipathy Balaji against KingsXI Punjab,then Amit Mishra against Deccan Chargers,atlast M Ntini against Kolkata Knight Riders. Shane Watson won the Man of the Series award for his 472 runs from his bat and 17 wickets from his ball. Goswami of Royal Challengers won the outstanding player under 19 category award. Chennai Super Kings won the Fair play Kingfisher Award with 134.5 in 14 matches(max 140).

The 44day journey finally ended with Rajasthan Royals holding the cup and celebrating with fireworks exploding infront of a massive crowd with many celebrities and business persons cheering their Team.Hope for next IPL on 2009 Summer.


The statistical data are taken from Cricinfo


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