Indian Premier League: Past winners from previous nine editions
Winner of 2008
Shane Warne-led Rajasthan Royals who were the underdogs in the tournament stunned major teams to reach the finals of the first edition. It was a thriller with a last-ball finish.
Shane Warne won the toss and decided to bowl first. Parthiv Patel and Vidyut Sivaramakrishnan shared an opening stand of 39 runs in 5.2 overs after which Suresh Raina (43 from 30) joined the party and with some big hits by the skipper himself (29 from 17), Chennai posted a formidable total of 163 runs.
Swapnil Asnodkar who had a terrific first season continued his good run in the final as he scored 24 runs from 20 balls which had four boundaries. Albie Morkel scalped Asnodkar and Kamran Akmal in the same over as Rajasthan slumped to 42/3. From there on, Shane Watson (28 from 19) and Yusuf Pathan (56 from 39) stabilized the innings and added 65 runs for the fourth wicket. Once Watson was dismissed, Pathan took the charge and hit boundaries at will.
The Royals needed 8 runs to win off the last over which looked like a cakewalk. Dhoni gave the ball to Balaji who bowled a brilliant over with a lot of variety. One run was needed off the last ball and Sohail Tanvir hit the winning runs as Rajasthan dug-out ran to the ground to celebrate their much deserved title win.
Player of the match: YK Pathan (Rajasthan Royals)
Player of the series: SR Watson (Rajasthan Royals)
Batsman of the series: SE Marsh (Kings XI Punjab)
Bowler of the series: Sohail Tanvir (Rajasthan Royals)
Winner of 2009
The Deccan Chargers had finished at the bottom of the table in the first season and they had done extremely well to reach to the finals. They posted an average score and did well to defend it.
RCB skipper Anil Kumble won the toss and decided to bowl first. Kumble bowled the first over of the innings in which he scalped Gilchrist for a duck. Kumble went on to scalp three more wickets as he finished a brilliant spell: 4-0-16-4. Herschelle Gibbs remained unbeaten on 55 as Deccan Chargers managed to score 143 runs at the end of 20 overs.
Bangalore batsmen succumbed to the pressure of a final match as they lost wicket at regular intervals. Jacques Kallis and Manish Pandey added 20 runs for the first wicket before Kallis was bowled by Harmeet Singh. Van der Merwe (32 from 21) and Ross Taylor (27 from 22) tried to rescue the innings but they couldn’t do much with no support from other batsmen. RCB needed 15 runs from the last over with Robin Uthappa still at the crease, but they failed to find boundaries and fell short by 6 runs.
Player of the match: A Kumble (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
Player of the series: AC Gilchrist (Deccan Chargers)
Winner of 2010
Chennai Super Kings
Chennai Super Kings had reached the finals of the Indian Premier League for the second time in three seasons. Dhoni won the toss and decided to bat first.
The Super Kings had contributions from everybody as Murali Vijay (26 from 19) and Mathew Hayden (17 from 31) added 44 runs for the first wicket. Suresh Raina, the big match player for CSK once again played a crucial innings and it was his innings (57* from 35) that took Chennai to 168 runs.
Mumbai Indians had the batting line-up to chase such a total. They lost Dhawan (0) early in the innings after which Sachin Tendulkar (48 from 45) and Abhishek Nayar (27 from 26) added 66 runs for the second with. But towards the end, it became a tough ask for them as they surprisingly batted Pollard at number eight. With 55 needed from the last three overs, Pollard scored 22 runs from Bollinger’s third over but he perished in the next over and Chennai won their maiden IPL title by 22 runs.
Player of the match: SK Raina (Chennai Super Kings)
Player of the series: SR Tendulkar (Mumbai Indians)
Winner of 2011
Chennai Super Kings
Chennai had the experience of playing in an IPL final, something which went against the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Dhoni once again won the toss in a crucial match and decided to bat first. Murali Vijay and Mike Hussey opened for Chennai and made a mockery of the Bangalore bowling attack. The duo added 159 runs for the first wicket before Hussey perished in the 25th over trying to hit a big shot. It was the opening partnership between Vijay (95 from 53) and Hussey (65 from 45) that helped Chennai cross the 200-run mark.
The only man who could have accepted the challenge for Bangalore was Chris Gayle. But Ashwin dismissed the Jamaican in the first over that came as a huge setback for RCB. Bangalore could never recover from the early shock and in spite of some useful contributions from Virat Kohli (35 from 32) and Saurab Tiwary (42 from 34), they fell short of the mammoth total by 58 runs giving Chennai their second consecutive IPL title.
Player of the match: M Vijay (Chennai Super Kings)
Player of the series: CH Gayle (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
Winner of 2012
Kolkata Knight Riders
It was a high-octane clash as after witnessing a lot of struggle and controversies in the past five years, Kolkata Knight Riders had moved into the final of Indian Premier League for the first time. Chennai Super Kings were not new to the big stage as they stormed into the final match for the fourth time since the tournament’s inception in 2008.
Dhoni won the toss and took no time in deciding to bat first on his home turf. Mike Hussey and Murali Vijay opened the innings and Vijay who scored a blistering knock against the Delhi Daredevils in IPL qualifier 2, continued his terrific form and at one stage, it looked like he was taking the match away from KKR. Vijay (42 from 32) was dismissed in the 11th over after which Suresh Raina once again proved his mettle with the bat in big matches. He clobbered the bowlers all across the ground and didn’t even spare Sunil Narine who conceded 37 runs from four overs, most of which were scored by Raina. With contributions from Hussey (54 from 43) and Raina (73 from 38), Chennai once again posted a huge total of 190 runs.
KKR’s in-form skipper Gautam Gambhir perished in the first over which came as a major setback for his team who were depending on him for a solid platform. Just when everyone thought that CSK had got the right opportunity to make a match of it, Manvinder Bisla launched something which has been the strength of CSK for many seasons: counter-attack. Bisla, who was included in the team in place of Brendon McCullum, played a blinder and took off the pressure from all the other batsmen. While Bisla played a match-winning knock, the veteran Jacques Kallis (69 from 49) used all his experience to make a match of it. Manoj Tiwary hit two consecutive boundaries to make sure that his team witnessed the winning moment for which they had worked extremely hard throughout the season.
Player of the match: MS Bisla (Kolkata Knight Riders)
Player of the series: SP Narine (Kolkata Knight Riders)
Winner of 2013
Two most deserving teams – Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings – reached the final of India Premier League’s sixth edition, which took place at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. MI’s skipper, Rohit Sharma, won the toss and elected to bat first. But they started on a poor note as they lost their openers, Dwayne Smith and Aditya Tare, in quick succession. Rohit too couldn’t manage to play a captain’s knock and got out after scoring mere two runs. Dinesh Karthik (21) and Ambati Rayudu (37) gave MI’s some solidity in the middle. But it was the whirlwind knock by Kieron Pollard (60 of 32 balls) in the death overs that helped the Mumbai franchise to set up a decent total of 148 runs in front of CSK.
However, in front of the solid batting line up of CSK, the total wasn’t looking challenging at all. But Lasith Malinga had something else in store for the two-time IPL champions, CSK. In the first over of CSK’s chase, Malinga gave them two massive blows. In consecutive balls he sent back Michael Hussey and Suresh Raina to the pavilion. Soon, Mithcell Johnson took the wicket of S Badrinath to push the Dhoni-led side completely at the back-foot. CSK never recovered from those early blows and kept loosing wickets at regular intervals. Arguably the best finisher of the game, MS Dhoni was the only batsman who fought hard till the end with his 63-run knock. But even that wasn’t proved enough for CSK to lift their third IPL trophy. MI won the match comprehensively by 23 runs to lift their maiden IPL trophy. Certainly, a well deserved title for the Mumbai team.
Player of the match: Kieron Pollard (Mumbai Indians)
Player of the series: Shane Watson (Rajasthan Royals)
Winner of 2014
Kolkata Knight Riders
IPL 2014 was KKR`s second title. They became only team apart from Chennai Super Kings to achieve this feat. Needing 200 to win, Piyush Chawla hit the most important 13 runs of his life as he pulled Mitchell Johnson for a six off the last delivery of the penultimate over before slashing Parvinder Awana over point to run a victory lap as his delirious teammates joined him.
If Wriddhiman Saha`s 115 off 55 balls was a pure joy to watch, Pandey`s 94 off 50 balls was better than the best as he almost single-handedly won the match for the Shah Rukh Khan co-owned franchise. Not to forget the four sixes hit by Yusuf Pathan (36) which also was important in the final context of the match.
Robin Uthappa (5) finally had an off-day as his uppish drive was smartly snapped by Akshar Patel at cover off Mitchell Johnson`s delivery. Gambhir and Manish Pandey hit a flurry boundaries as KKR reached 59 for one at the end of the Powerplay. The KKR skipper looked in good nick with 23 off 16 balls before young leggie Karanveer Singh got him caught in the deep off David Miller as the left-hander tried to give the charge by dancing down the track.
Earlier, Saha played a career-defining innings as his magnificent century propelled kings XI Punjab to a competitive 199 for four after being put into bat.
Saha became the first ever player to score a century in the IPL final as his unbeaten 115 off 55 balls had 10 fours and eight sixes. Saha and Vohra were swift yet brutal in their shot-making as they added a whopping 129 off 12 overs after Kings XI Punjab looked in a spot at 58 for two after the front 10.
Vohra, a surprise retention at the start of the season scored 67 off 52 balls with six fours and two sixes. He was lucky on 62 as Robin Uthappa collected the ball in-front of the stumps while trying to stump him. But he was out trying to slog Chawla. The day belonged to Saha, who was in a mood to punish the spinners but played some equally good shot against the pacers including a hook shot off Morne Morkel.
Player of the match: Manish Pandey (Kolkata Knight Riders)
Player of the series: Glenn Maxwell (Kings XI Punjab)
Winner of 2015
Batting first, Mumbai got off to a poor start as Parthiv Patel was run-out in the first over of the innings. But Lendl Simmons (68) and skipper Rohit Sharma (50) stitched a formidable 119-run stand for the second wicket as the Chennai bowlers failed to trouble these two batsmen.
After losing both these batsmen at the score of 120, Kieron Pollard and Ambati Rayudu accelerated the pace of the innings with a quick 71-run stand for the fourth wicket.
By the end of 20 overs, Mumbai had posted a formidable total of 202 runs on board.
In reply, after getting off to a slow start, CSK lost the wicket of Michael Hussey, who was dismissed by McClenaghan in the fifth over of the innings.
Dwayne Smith (57) and Suresh Raina (28) added 66 runs for the second wicket, but once the West Indian was dismissed in the 12th over, Mumbai were in total control.
MS Dhoni was dismissed by Malinga for just 18 runs which was the final nail in the coffin.
McClenaghan was the pick of the Mumbai bowlers with three wickets, while Lasith Malinga and Harbhajan Singh picked two wickets apiece.
Player of the match: Rohit Sharma (Mumbai Indians)
Player of the series: Andre Russell (Kokata Knight Riders)
Winner of 2016
After opting to bat first, David Warner (69) and Shikhar Dhawan (28) provided a good opening partnership by adding 63 runs in 6.4 overs. Batting at number four, Yuvraj Singh played a crucial 23-ball 38 in the middle order.
By the end of 19 overs, SRH were 184/7 with Ben Cutting (16*) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (0) at the crease. Cutting, who is known for his big-hitting skills, decided to unleash some lusty blows in the final over bowled by his compatriot Shane Watson. With three big sixes, Cutting shifted the momentum towards SRH by taking them to a formidable total of 208 runs.
If there was one batting line-up in the world which could have made a mockey of that total, it was RCB's.
Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle provided another superb start to their team by adding 114 runs in 10.3 overs. But once Barinder Sran got rid of the West Indian in the 11th over, RCB started losing wickets at regular intervals. Kohli's dismissal came in the 13th over, and tension began to increase in the RCB dressing room.
To make matters worse, Bipul Sharma dismissed AB de Villiers (5) while Mustafizur Rahman soon scalped the dangerous Shane Watson (11).
Towards the end, Banglaore fell short of the target by seven runs.
Hyderbad's victory once again stressed over the fact that even in the shortest format of the game, franchises should look to strengthen their squad with quality bowlers.
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