Zeecric Bureau/ Tanvir Khan
Johannesburg, May 24: It was one match that had all the components of a thrilling final. After 37 days of intense battle it was the Deccan Chargers who emerged Champions of the DLF IPL 2009.
It was a match where the spirit of the game was victorious. Two teams that were lying low at the bottom of the table last year set up a date for the finals in the IPL 2009.
Chargers, who had finished last on the points table last year, outclassed and outplayed their opposition Royal Challengers Bangalore in all aspects to lift the Trophy that was won by Rajasthan Royals in the first edition.
Defending a modest total of 143, the Chargers ‘charged’ with the ball from the word go and struck at crucial moments to keep RCB at bay and restricted them to 137 runs in their allotted 20 overs thus winning the Grand Finale by 6 runs.
Purple cap holder RP Singh (1-16) started it all when he dismissed Jacques Kallis (15) cheaply. Pragyan Ojha followed him up with two quick wickets dismissing Manish Pandey (4) and Roelof van der Merwe (32) in quick succession. He later dismissed Praveen Kumar in his last over to take his match tally to 3 wickets.
Harmeet Singh and Andrew Symonds struck twice each to break the backbone of Bangalore’s batting and making them bite Johannesburg’s dust.
Put into bat first after RCB won the toss, the Men in Blue started off on a bad note with Anil Kumble striking gold off the second ball of the innings when he rattled Gilly’s timber. Jumbo went on to strike every time he brought himself on and finished with figures of 4 for 16 off four overs. He played a major role in restricting the Deccan Chargers to a modest 143.
The silver lining in the Chargers’ innings was the fifty run partnership between Herschelle Gibbs and Rohit Sharma who joined hands after Symonds departed cheaply. Gibbs went on to bring up his half century to save Deccan some pride and put up a modest total for Bangalore to chase.
Deccan Chargers: Adam Gilchrist(w/c), Herschelle Gibbs, Azhar Bilakhia, Tirumalsetti Suman, Andrew Symonds, Rohit Sharma, Venugopal Rao, Ryan Harris, Pragyan Ojha, Harmeet Singh, Rudra Pratap Singh
Bangalore Royal Challengers: Manish Pandey, Jacques Kallis, Roelof van der Merwe, Rahul Dravid, Ross Taylor, Virat Kohli, Robin Uthappa, Mark Boucher(w), Praveen Kumar, Vinay Kumar, Anil Kumble(c)