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)