Indian Premier League, Final: Chennai Super Kings v Royal Challengers Bangalore at Chennai, May 28, 2011
Chennai Super Kings won by 58 runs
28 May 2011 - night match (20-over match)

The man walks out, looks menacing with that black cloth fluttering from his helmet. Mayank Agarwal gives him company. Go Gayle! Ashwin has the ball, Mayank has strike. One slip in place.


Ashwin to Agarwal, 1 run, sprightly length ball on middle and leg, worked off the back foot to the leg side.

And no, Ashwin is not wearing a helmet.

Here we go. Slip for Gayle too.


Ashwin to Gayle, no run, BIG turn. Short of a length outside off, lands and goes away a mile. Gayle leaves.


Ashwin to Gayle, no run, sharp spin again, this time closer to Gayle, forcing him to play and he feels for it inside the line. Gayle looks a little unruffled.


Ashwin to Gayle, OUT, it took Ashwin three balls. He was Chennai's weapon against Bangalore's weapon in the last game too. And he was once again. What a classic set-up. What lovely bowling. Take a bow, Ashwin. He's set him up with the last two offbreaks, and this time he focused on getting one to skid in. He went round arm and slung it in, Gayle spotted the change in pace and trajectory late and by then he had committed himself into the cut. Thin outside edge, Dhoni does the rest. Have CSK got the one wicket they needed? Ashwin does his version of the aeroplane. What a comeback after being smashed on the head in the last game.

CH Gayle c †Dhoni b Ashwin 0 (3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00


Ashwin to Kohli, 1 leg bye, Kohli looks to push one backward of square and they get a leg bye as he misses.


Ashwin to Agarwal, FOUR, was that a legbreak? George Binoy thinks so. Goes awry in any case, well wide of off stump and Mayank cracks it through point for four.

End of over 1 (6 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 6/1 (200 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 10.52)

    • MA Agarwal 5 (2b 1x4)
    • V Kohli 0 (1b)
    • R Ashwin 1-0-5-1

Morkel has the ball.


Morkel to Kohli, 1 run, he begins with one angling into the pads and Kohli pushes a single through mid-on.


Morkel to Agarwal, FOUR, poor ball, short and angling into Mayank's hips and he works it along to fine leg for his second boundary.


Morkel to Agarwal, 1 run, another short ball pushed down the leg side, and this time Mayank glances the pull fine. Dhoni does well to dive away and get a glove in the way to slow it down.


Morkel to Kohli, no run, length ball angling in towards the stumps, and Kohli pushes it to mid-on


Morkel to Kohli, 2 runs, Kohli rides the tennis-ball bounce and nudges off the hips through square leg. A couple of runs taken.


Morkel to Kohli, 1 run, short again, straight again, Kohli skips inside the line and nudges to square leg for a single.

End of over 2 (9 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 15/1 (191 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 7.50, RRR: 10.61)

    • V Kohli 4 (5b)
    • MA Agarwal 10 (4b 2x4)
    • JA Morkel 1-0-9-0
    • R Ashwin 1-0-5-1

Ashwin to Kohli, no run, fullish ball on the pads, worked quietly to square leg.


Ashwin to Kohli, 1 run, miscued but safe. Ashwin slows it up and flights on the off stump, Kohli looks to heave over the leg side and the inside edge goes away from midwicket.


Ashwin to Agarwal, OUT, the carom comes into play, and Mayank deals with it like someone who's never seen it before. Lands on middle, grips and breaks away past a tame attempt at the cut. The bat isn't in the way, but the off stump is. Ashwin has put Chennai completely in control here.

MA Agarwal b Ashwin 10 (5b 2x4 0x6) SR: 200.00

AB is the new man in. Time to come good.


Ashwin to de Villiers, 1 run, short ball outside off, he looks to cut and plays straight to point.


Ashwin to Kohli, no run, big offspinner, and his action is almost the same for this and the skidder. Kohli spots the turn late as it comes in, and misses the cut comfortably.


Ashwin to Kohli, 1 run, works him with the spin this time, and gets a single through midwicket.

End of over 3 (3 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 18/2 (188 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 11.05)

    • V Kohli 6 (9b)
    • AB de Villiers 1 (1b)
    • R Ashwin 2-0-8-2
    • JA Morkel 1-0-9-0

Morkel to Kohli, no run, back of a length around off stump, Kohli reaches half across and defends to the leg side


Morkel to Kohli, 3 runs, Bravo! over-pitched on the pads, it is flicked really well through square leg but Bravo thinks he can stop it. He puts in a huge scramble and dive to stop it, but it is still running away from him as he skids along side the ball. And then, he has a second go at it, while ensuring he's not touching the rope. Superbly done.


Morkel to de Villiers, no run, Morkel tucks AB up with a short of length ball, and it is worked ooff the pads to square leg. Needless throw at the bowler's end, this time it hits the stumps and there are no overthrows


Morkel to de Villiers, 2 runs, AB nearly top-edges the bouncer to deep square leg. He is early into the shot and spoons it up with such poor timing that it doesn't carry.


Morkel to de Villiers, 1 run, length ball on off stump, quietly pushed into the mid-off region for a single.


Morkel to Kohli, no run, Bangalore are sleep-walking here. Time to wake up. Back of a length ball outside off, Kohli steers without intent to point.

Sam: "Interesting to note - the stars for CSK today are Chennai lads - Vijay and Ashwin.-- nice to be a CSK fan and cheer localite" Was the same case in the Champions League too.

End of over 4 (6 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 24/2 (182 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 11.37)

    • V Kohli 9 (12b)
    • AB de Villiers 4 (4b)
    • JA Morkel 2-0-15-0
    • R Ashwin 2-0-8-2

Here comes Bolly.


Bollinger to de Villiers, no run, starts with a nice hustling bouncer, and AB has to arch his back away to make room and steer. Point and cover, Raina and Badri, both want to field it. Both dive across. Chennai look like they want this bad.


Bollinger to de Villiers, 1 run, another quick bouncer, hurries into AB who is late on the pull and just manages to get it away square for one.


Bollinger to Kohli, FOUR, exemplary pull from Kohli. He was early into position, got the wrists over it and kept it down. Not timed too well, but he did everything else perfectly


Bollinger to Kohli, 1 run, this time he stands back in the crease and taps towards the off side for a single


Bollinger to de Villiers, FOUR, some AB class coming through in that shot. Bollinger over-pitches at 129 kph and AB caresses it through the line to send it speeding into the covers. Top shot.


Bollinger to de Villiers, FOUR, even better. AB scrambles Bollinger's patent lengths by moving rapidly across the stumps and then lap-heaves a short ball on his hips over short fine leg for four.

End of over 5 (14 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 38/2 (168 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 7.60, RRR: 11.20)

    • AB de Villiers 13 (8b 2x4)
    • V Kohli 14 (14b 1x4)
    • DE Bollinger 1-0-14-0
    • JA Morkel 2-0-15-0

Morkel continues.


Morkel to Kohli, 1 run, another short of length ball on the pads, Kohli works it along to square leg.


Morkel to de Villiers, FOUR, three fours in three balls for AB. Nothing bowling from Morkel, trundles in and serves it up on a juicy length nicely outside off. AB reaches out and thumps it over the infield and into the cover fence.


Morkel to de Villiers, 1 run, cover has gone back, and just as well. AB cuts well through the covers and is restricted to a single this time.


Morkel to Kohli, 2 runs, short again, Kohli moves into the pull and gets it down to deep backward square leg for a couple.


Morkel to Kohli, no run, slow bouncer this time, only 119 kph and Kohli is completely foxed. It comes after he plays the pull.


Morkel to Kohli, 1 run, back of a length again, Kohli forces it off the inner half towards midwicket for a single.

End of over 6 (9 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 47/2 (159 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 7.83, RRR: 11.35)

    • V Kohli 18 (18b 1x4)
    • AB de Villiers 18 (10b 3x4)
    • JA Morkel 3-0-24-0
    • DE Bollinger 1-0-14-0

Field falls back, Jakati comes on.


Jakati to Kohli, 1 run, short ball turning away, cut away in front of point for a single.


Jakati to de Villiers, no run, very full on leg stump, AB defends from the crease.


Jakati to de Villiers, OUT, very strange end to AB's innings, and he isn't happy. Not sure why, he is dead plumb. He was hustling this way and that in the crease before the ball came. He first went away to the leg side, then started coming back towards middle, and Jakati landed it short of a length on off. AB was late on the pull after all the fancy footwork, and missed. Hit in front of off, hitting off and middle three-fourths of the way up.

AB de Villiers lbw b Jakati 18 (12b 3x4 0x6) SR: 150.00

Pomersbach is in. I shall call him Luke.


Jakati to Pomersbach, 1 run, full on the pads, Luke whips through square leg for one.


Jakati to Kohli, no run, generously full outside Kohli's off stump and he drives it back to the bowler.


Jakati to Kohli, 1 run, short ball, but not too short and Kohli punches down past mid-on for a single

End of over 7 (3 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 50/3 (156 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 7.14, RRR: 12.00)

    • V Kohli 20 (21b 1x4)
    • LA Pomersbach 1 (1b)
    • SB Jakati 1-0-3-1
    • JA Morkel 3-0-24-0

Raina into the attack. There'll be spin in all directions in a bit. Round the wicket.


Raina to Kohli, SIX, and Kohli has muscled him for six through cow corner. Only just. Really short ball, Kohli pounces on it and swings it over midwicket. Bravo was lurking in the deep and leapt high to try and haul it in, but the ball was around 2 feet further up.


Raina to Kohli, 2 runs, fuller this time, Kohli works him with the spin through midwicket for a couple


Raina to Kohli, no run, nice work from midwicket, moves in quickly and cuts off the ball as Kohli works off the pads.


Raina to Kohli, no run, cover's turn now, intercepts swiftly as Kohli looks for a single through cover.


Raina to Kohli, no run, three in three, Kohli again works a full ball straight to wide mid-on.


Raina to Kohli, 2 runs, two to end the over, Kohli whips Raina with the turn softly enough to give him time to come back

End of over 8 (10 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 60/3 (146 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 7.50, RRR: 12.16)

    • V Kohli 30 (27b 1x4 1x6)
    • LA Pomersbach 1 (1b)
    • SK Raina 1-0-10-0
    • SB Jakati 1-0-3-1

Jakati to Pomersbach, 1 run, full length ball outside off, Luke carefully works it through mid-on for one.


Jakati to Kohli, 1 run, tossed well up on middle and leg, Kohli leans out and opens the face to steer through point

Leg slip in place.


Jakati to Pomersbach, OUT, Bangalore are losing gas too fast here. Jakati nails another one, he's taken some memorable return catches this IPL, and this was one of the easier ones. Full ball on the pads, it was a chinaman out of no where! Luke leans across and looks to whip but he seemed to get a hint of leading edge as he played to back to the left of Jakati who jumped across easily to hold it.

LA Pomersbach c & b Jakati 2 (3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

1.6 million USD. Tiwary on strike.


Jakati to Tiwary, 1 no ball, aha, Jakati tries another Chinaman, and loses it completely. High full toss well outside off, and it is called a wide.


Jakati to Tiwary, 1 run, this time he lands the regulation ball on middle and leg, it is worked to the leg side for a single


Jakati to Kohli, 2 runs, direct hit, referred to the third umpire, but Tiwary is well in. Worked off the back foot towards midwicket, and they come back for two. Tiwary has enough time to return.


Jakati to Kohli, 1 run, short ball again, Kohli bunts another single and it is time for a two-minute breather while the sponsors make money with their ads on TV.

Vamsi: "What a 12-month phase MS Dhoni is having... IPL 2010, Champions league 2010 WC 2011 and now most likely IPL 2011" Utterly mind-blowing. Don't forget the No. 1 Test team mace to go with those.

Sree: "Can we call this a grand slam for MSD?" Ha!

End of over 9 (7 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 67/4 (139 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 7.44, RRR: 12.63)

    • V Kohli 34 (30b 1x4 1x6)
    • SS Tiwary 1 (2b)
    • SB Jakati 2-0-10-2
    • SK Raina 1-0-10-0

Raina to Kohli, 1 run, short again from Raina, Kohli pulls hard and Badri at midwicket does well to stop it, but fumbles to allow a single.


Raina to Tiwary, no run, tossed up now on the stumps, Tiwary steers to point and nearly runs himself out. Chennai are fielding superbly here.


Raina to Tiwary, no run, this one skids along, Tiwary is late to go back and then doesn't get it too far away to the off side. No single taken.


Raina to Tiwary, no run, Raina's tying him up. Full and flat on leg stump, Tiwary bunts to the leg side and looks for another single. Not there.


Raina to Tiwary, 1 run, he finally gets under one and lofts down the ground for a couple. Raina was turning the other way when the throw came in from Ashwin, and it hit him on the back side


Raina to Kohli, OUT, the future of Indian batting falls to the future of Indian batting. This is the Indian Premier League after all. Raina slips a sharp offbreak past Kohli's attempted turn to the leg side, and catches him plumb in front. That one straightened in enough after landing on leg. Chennai Super Kings have one hand on the glittering trophy.

V Kohli lbw b Raina 35 (32b 1x4 1x6) SR: 109.37

End of over 10 (2 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 69/5 (137 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 6.90, RRR: 13.70)

    • SS Tiwary 2 (6b)
    • SK Raina 2-0-12-1
    • SB Jakati 2-0-10-2

Ashwin back on.


Ashwin to Tiwary, 1 run, Tiwary chips him with the spin over wide mid-off for a single.


Ashwin to Vettori, OUT, this final has lost more fizz than yesterday's beer can that was accidentally left open. Vettori goes for a blob, a tame leading edge back to Ashwin as he looks to work an offbreak to the leg side. Vettori looks sheepish and gutted at the same time.

DL Vettori c & b Ashwin 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00


Ashwin to Mithun, 1 run, chinaman from Jakati, legbreak from Ashwin, is there anything these spinners can't do? Full on off stump, the batsman is really late to dig it out.


Ashwin to Tiwary, no run, half an appeal as Tiwary stays on the crease and plays all over a sharp offbreak.


Ashwin to Tiwary, 1 run, this time he gets the single away, steering past point for a single.


Ashwin to Mithun, 1 run, Mithun forces a single down to long on.

The silver lining for RCB is that they might be able to watch the ManU-Barca game from start to finish.

End of over 11 (4 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 73/6 (133 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 6.63, RRR: 14.77)

    • A Mithun 2 (2b)
    • SS Tiwary 4 (9b)
    • R Ashwin 3-0-12-3
    • SK Raina 2-0-12-1

Raina to Mithun, FOUR, a boundary after a long time. Short ball outside off, cut away through backward point for four.


Raina to Mithun, 2 byes, Raina does his impersonation of Muralitharan. Big turning offbreak, comes in huge and Mithun is utterly clueless. Landed on off and middle, but missed leg.


Raina to Mithun, FOUR, for those of you who were wondering, yes, Bravo does miss the occasional save in the deep. Mithun gets under a fullish ball and swats it high towards midwicket. Bravo should have stopped it, running across to his left, but missed.


Raina to Mithun, 1 run, keeps it tight outside off, and Mithun steers through point for a single.


Raina to Tiwary, no run, Tiwary is completely stuck. Looks to dab through the off side but can't get it away.


Raina to Tiwary, FOUR, some relief for Tiwary, he makes decent connection with one of those cut shots as Raina drops short. Four through backward point.

End of over 12 (15 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 88/6 (118 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 7.33, RRR: 14.75)

    • SS Tiwary 8 (11b 1x4)
    • A Mithun 11 (6b 2x4)
    • SK Raina 3-0-25-1
    • R Ashwin 3-0-12-3

Bravo comes on. Chennai have like, nine bowlers in this XI.


Bravo to Mithun, 1 leg bye, slow offcutter to start off, full and on the pads, Mithun somehow gets to the other end.


Bravo to Tiwary, no run, another slowish ball, the variation is wasted on someone as cluelessly out of form as Tiwary. Swish and a miss.


Bravo to Tiwary, 2 runs, Tiwary gets a thick outside edge this time, and the ball runs away to deep backward point.

Most boring IPL final in four years. Comes at the end of the most boring IPL in four years. Agree?


Bravo to Tiwary, no run, at some point, the law of averages is going to catch up with Tiwary and he is going to connect with the ball. Until then he will keep swinging and missing like this.


Bravo to Tiwary, 1 run, now he gets bat on it, and lofts a single wide of mid-off.


Bravo to Mithun, OUT, Mithun swats a short ball straight to Bollinger at long-on. The fat lady's throat is clear, and the auto-rickshaw meters are being reset.

A Mithun c Bollinger b Bravo 11 (8b 2x4 0x6) SR: 137.50

Vikram: "After winning the world cup win... Dhoni was asked what he expects to achieve after having achieved everything a captain can ask for. He said he doesnt mind repeating everything. Is this the sign of things more to come?" Superb comment!

End of over 13 (4 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 92/7 (114 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 7.07, RRR: 16.28)

    • SS Tiwary 11 (15b 1x4)
    • DJ Bravo 1-0-3-1
    • SK Raina 3-0-25-1

Jakati to Tiwary, 1 run, Jakati skids one across mis-timer Tiwary who squeezes it away past point.

Priyesh: "This has by far been the worst of the 4 IPLs....and its only gonna get worse for the Champions League this year!" Too many games. Too long.


Jakati to Khan, 1 run, armer outside off, Zaheer edges off the back foot to short third man.


Jakati to Tiwary, no run, Tiwary looks to slog heave Jakati's length ball over midwicket, and is so late on the shot that he ends up deciding to defend it.


Jakati to Tiwary, 1 run, this time he gets the single, laboriously pushing a ball in front of square. Surely Mr. Mallya could have done better with that $1.6 mil


Jakati to Khan, no run, Zak stays stuck on the back foot and can't push the ball away.


Jakati to Khan, no run, another dot ball, Zaheer stays in the crease and can't get it away.

Deja vu for Zak and Tiwary. They went down to this same team in last year's IPL final. Chennai have barely changed. Every other team has. I wonder if that's their secret.

End of over 14 (3 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 95/7 (111 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 6.78, RRR: 18.50)

    • Z Khan 1 (3b)
    • SS Tiwary 13 (18b 1x4)
    • SB Jakati 3-0-13-2
    • DJ Bravo 1-0-3-1

Bravo to Tiwary, 1 run, full delivery outside off from Bravo, Tiwary guides without intent through point


Bravo to Khan, 1 run, slower ball, Zaheer somehow manages to get bat on it after being foxed, and he gets a single to fine leg.


Bravo to Tiwary, 2 runs, another Bravo special slower ball, Tiwary is not even bothering to spot them anymore, he is just swinging at them regardless. Outside edge this time, whimpers away to third man.


Bravo to Tiwary, 1 run, another slower ball, Tiwary throws everything at it and it dribbles into the deep cover area.


Bravo to Khan, 1 run, fullish and tailing in towards leg stump, worked without timing into the midwicket region.


Bravo to Tiwary, SIX, never bet against the law of averages. You thought Tiwary wouldn't time a single ball today. You were SO wrong. He's roundhouse kicked a fullish length ball angling into him, comfortably over long-on. Rare six.

End of over 15 (12 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 107/7 (99 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 7.13, RRR: 19.80)

    • SS Tiwary 23 (22b 1x4 1x6)
    • Z Khan 3 (5b)
    • DJ Bravo 2-0-15-1
    • SB Jakati 3-0-13-2

Bollinger is back on.


Bollinger to Khan, 1 run, short ball to his fellow left-arm seamer, who pulls in ungainly style to midwicket.


Bollinger to Tiwary, 1 run, short to Tiwary, he pulls so late that the ball goes wide of mid-off. Without any timing on it.,


Bollinger to Khan, FOUR, Zaheer backs away, opens up the off side and carves Bollinger through the covers. The RCB anthem plays on the PA system. Pretty pointless.

Sasikumar: "100 in 5 overs huh..somebody pls call Ross Taylor." And Karman Akmal :-)


Bollinger to Khan, 2 runs, length ball again, but straighter and Zaheer lofts over the infield for a couple


Bollinger to Khan, no run, slower ball outside off from round the stumps, Zaheer doesn't pick it and misses as he looks to cut.


Bollinger to Khan, no run, lovely bowling. Slow loopy bouncer, Zaheer looks to pull and misses.

For the last time this year, a pointless commercial 'strategic' time-out. Have your fill, sponsors!

Vikas: "If ever there was an award for the happiest man in IPL, it got to go to Danny Morrison. I cant imagine how he can be so happy and excited at any given point." True, that's one happy soul from Down Under.

AA: "@Sasikumar: It's funny that you mention Ross Taylor. He is one player whom RCB could, and should, have retained. But they let him go! Perhaps they regret that decision now?"

End of over 16 (8 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 115/7 (91 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 7.18, RRR: 22.75)

    • Z Khan 10 (10b 1x4)
    • SS Tiwary 24 (23b 1x4 1x6)
    • DE Bollinger 2-0-22-0
    • DJ Bravo 2-0-15-1

Ashwin returns. Tiwary faces. If I were Ashwin, I'd be wary.


Ashwin to Tiwary, 1 run, short and breaking away big, Tiwary cuts into the covers for a single


Ashwin to Khan, 1 run, tight lines and breaking in nicely, Zaheer manages to squeeze it down to third man.


Ashwin to Tiwary, no run, sharp offspinner again, Tiwary stays back and looks to work it around but can't get it away.


Ashwin to Tiwary, 1 run, now he gets the single, working with the spin through the covers.


Ashwin to Khan, no run, Zaheer can't deal with one that fizzes past him outside off stump.


Ashwin to Khan, 1 run, this time he looks to slog him with the turn, but the ball turns too much and he mistimes.

Ashwin has completed his impersonation of Stone Cold Steve Austin. His figures read 3-16. Take a bow. #win

End of over 17 (4 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 119/7 (87 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 7.00, RRR: 29.00)

    • Z Khan 12 (13b 1x4)
    • SS Tiwary 26 (26b 1x4 1x6)
    • R Ashwin 4-0-16-3
    • DE Bollinger 2-0-22-0

Jakati to Khan, 2 runs, fair to say I put the commentator jinx on Ashwin, he's produced the first Chennai blemish today. Fair to say it has come 3 hours too late for Bangalore. Zaheer lofts a length ball straight down the ground, Ashwin moves across from long-off and drops it as he lunges and skids sideways


Jakati to Khan, no run, Zaheer can't connect with the big hit this time.


Jakati to Khan, FOUR, and he gets him down the ground again, jabbing a short ball over the bowler's head and Ashwin reacts slowly to allow four more.


Jakati to Khan, no run, short ball, breaks away as Zaheer looks to cut and he mistimes to cover.


Jakati to Khan, 1 run, Zaheer advances, takes it on the full and whips to deep midwicket


Jakati to Tiwary, 1 run, as comical as they come. Tiwary looks to slug over the leg side, mis-hits the ball, loses his grip on the bat and the willow nearly travels further than the leather. Always a poor sign that, for a batsman.

Arvind: "They could have promoted Zaheer up instead of Tiwary." They tried that once earlier in the tournament ...

Ishan: "Is the final as long as the IPL itself?" I know! We are well over time here!

End of over 18 (8 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 127/7 (79 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 7.05, RRR: 39.50)

    • SS Tiwary 27 (27b 1x4 1x6)
    • Z Khan 19 (18b 2x4)
    • SB Jakati 4-0-21-2
    • R Ashwin 4-0-16-3

Bolly again.


Bollinger to Tiwary, 1 run, full ball outside off, Tiwary thumps it hard but straight to long off


Bollinger to Khan, 2 runs, another drop in the deep. CSK are finally dropping their guard. Zaheer looks to hoist Bollinger over long off, and Mukund, subbing for Vijay, was running in. He should have held on low, but he spilt it.


Bollinger to Khan, no run, nasty. Bollinger gives him a vicious bouncer, Zaheer goes for the pull and ends up working it onto his helmet grill. Clunking clatter.


Bollinger to Khan, OUT, finally someone holds on, it is Mr. Cricket sweeping in the deep cover region. Short ball outside off, he goes for the cut and carves it into Hussey's lap. Start the autorickshaw!

Z Khan c Hussey b Bollinger 21 (21b 2x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Siva: "You can say another Chennai local lad L Balaji contributed immensely to CSK's win." Not sure how, but well .. CSK have beaten the second best team in the tournament. Twice on the trot. Irrespective of what Balaji did against Mumbai.


Bollinger to Syed Mohammad, 1 wide, bounces hustles Syed as it goes down the leg side.


Bollinger to Syed Mohammad, 1 run, again cramping him as it comes in, Syed nudges to midwicket and gets a single.


Bollinger to Tiwary, 1 run, another short ball, another mistimed pull. Single to deep midwicket.

Srivatsan: "Sorry Deepika and Siddharth Mallya - no hugs this time..." Hmm.

End of over 19 (6 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 133/8 (73 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 7.00, RRR: 73.00)

    • SS Tiwary 29 (29b 1x4 1x6)
    • J Syed Mohammad 1 (1b)
    • DE Bollinger 3-0-28-1
    • SB Jakati 4-0-21-2

Last over! The IPL is about to end! Raina bowls.


Raina to Tiwary, no run, short ball, played away into the off side for a single.


Raina to Tiwary, SIX, tossed up outside off, Tiwary gets under this one and slugs it over long-off.


Raina to Tiwary, no run, short of a length and straightening, he plays it off the back foot into the off side.


Raina to Tiwary, 1 run, played with the spin into the off side, and a single for Tiwary.


Raina to Syed Mohammad, 1 run, Syed works a single off the penultimate ball, pushing the length ball into the midwicket region.


Raina to Tiwary, SIX, A lot has changed since last year. Lalit Modi is gone. Two new teams have come in. The off-field excesses have been reduced. The on-field excesses have increased. One thing, however, hasn't changed. A virtually unchanged Chennai Super Kings side retains the IPL. MS Dhoni walks on water. Backwards. Blind-folded. On a tight-rope. And oh yeah, Tiwary launches the last ball over extra cover for a six. Too little. Far too late. No one even noticed. The fireworks erupt in Chepauk. Whistle podu!

That's that then from us. It's been exhausting and more often very rewarding to bring you 74 games of this IPL. It doesn't end here - watch out for our IPL 2011 review package which will be up on the site in the coming days. On behalf of the rest of the crew, this is Nitin Sundar signing off. So long, and thanks for all the comments!

Ah, for an IPL trophy that doesn't look embarrassing. MS and the boys get their hands on the big prize. The confetti fizzes away, the celebrations begin.. And they may have to go to the nearest TASMAC outlet if they want to revel in high spirits.

Now for the moment of biggest irony. N Srinivasan hands over the winner medals to the team he owns. Chennai fans might remember the scene in the Rajni starrer Sivaji where he garlands his own statue.

Dhoni: "Well you can say we saved the best for the last. Vijay and Hussey gave us a great start and stayed till the 15-16th over. Hence we could maintain the momentum and score 200 runs. You want to show intent in a final, and show you want to win it, and that's what the batsmen did. Ashwin bowled really well, he has real heart to toss the ball really well up even with just two fielders outside. Very contributive performance. Last year we struggled a bit to make the semis, this time it was more comfortable. I am happy to have also won the fairplay award, people say you need to play hard .. we showed you can play fair and still win it. Have been in India for the last 4 months, but never visited home. I am heading straight to Ranchi from here!" Well deserved rest coming up ..!

The Bangalore players walk on stage now to pick up their medals. Vettori: "Would have been a much better game if we could have put up a bowling performance like yesterday, but it was not to be. I think 160-170 would have been chasable."

Ok, this is beyond ridiculous. Punjab Cricket Association wins an award for the best pitch and outfield. What next? Most accessible ground award? Best looking jersey award? Most utterances of sponsor names award? L Siva would of course win that ... Meanwhile @thecricketcouch tweets: "Presentation ceremony longer than RCB innings." Haha! Rags send this in: "No Chennai players got individual awards of the tournament,that shows how they worked as team!"

Rohit: "Next year's IPL is going to be the most exciting one... because every team will be looking to get a player out from their team due to injury or something as early as possible to get GAYLE in their team... haha"

Gayle also gets what I think is the equivalent of the Man-of-the-Series award. No one else came close to deserving this. "Disappointed that we had to lose tonight. Congrats to CSK, they played better and deserved to win. The situation at home before I came was different. I wasn't even watching the IPL and suddenly at 3 AM I got a call, Chris can you come? And I said Yes. Some things just happen and change your life, this was one of those. I must thank the whole team."

Chennai get the fairplay award. Second time in a row and third time in four years.

Chris Gayle gets the Orange Cap Award, which is the funniest name for an award, ever. No wait, Lasith Malinga gets the Purple Cap Award. It is a plastic version on the cap, shiny and stuff. Pollard takes it on Malinga's behalf.

Kieron Pollard gets an award for taking most catches in the tournament. Just as well. He did precious little with bat and ball. Paul Valthaty gets an award for the best individual performance in the IPL. That unforgettable ton against the eventual champions. "I prepared well this year.. All credit to my coach and captain for supporting me." Valthaty gets a car for his efforts, and can heave a sigh of relief. Several balls went close to smashing the windscreen on that car today.

Iqbal Abdulla is adjudged rising star of the year. Well deserved. He thanks god and his father for helping him through to this stage.

M Vijay is the Man of the Match. Batsman's game, I would have thought R Ashwin deserved it just as much. "I was concentrating on just converting my start today, it hasn't always happened this season. This is a special unit to be part of. I love my mother, and I love this crowd, I love them all."

After much ado, Ravi Shastri bellows out the final presentation details. They have set up an odd-shaped stage for the event, but full credit to the organisers for steering clear of the tasteless excesses that were the closing ceremony in the past seasons.

On account of having winning again, CSK have ensured that next year's final will also be in Chennai. This could go on for a while ....

Chirayu Amin, IPL commissioner, currently in office says he is "Happy and relieved with the way the season went."

A doff of the hat for RCB. Easily the 2nd best side in the fray. And three big cheers for Chris Gayle. Pity that neither he nor his team turned up tonight. Meanwhile, the Chennai side does a lap of honour around the ground where they have won 8 in 8 games this year.

The commentators are interviewing the CSK players one after the other. Morkel now. Being a part of a winning team, for more than just a period of 2 months, as is the case with every other team, seems to matter a lot to these guys. Why are we not surprised? Chennai seem to have won IPL 2011 at the auctions, by retaining their best players and repurchasing everyone else. Even Joginder Sharma. It says something about the team's ethos.

Ashwin: "I am really enjoying bowling with the new Kookaburra. The ball the other day just skidded off my head, thankfully. That is a new phenomenon, and I was lucky! Always confident to go up against Gayle and take him on. I just took advantage of the mind game. I have told a few people that we'd like to be the Man United of the IPL, and we are getting there."

Bravo: "Great feeling in the side, to be able to retain the title from last year."

Bollinger: "Long summer, and some of us are tired at the end, but this has been great fun."

A comment from Balaji: "To cut the long IPL calendar short, rest of the 9 teams should take turns to lose to Chennai directly in the finals, the 73 other matches has no bearing on the result!"

Ramprashad: 'This is the last and final call for all passengers / RCB players traveling non-stop to Bangalore on Kingfisher Airlines!"

Vivek: "And just like in the world cup, a man from Jharkhand hits a last ball six, and a man from Jharkhand lifts the cup!" Good one!

Aakarsh: "A 58 run victory will help the CSK in their Net Run.. Oops forgot this was the Final. Dint seem like one though!"

End of over 20 (14 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 147/8 (59 runs required)

    • SS Tiwary 42 (34b 1x4 3x6)
    • J Syed Mohammad 2 (2b)
    • SK Raina 4-0-39-1
    • DE Bollinger 3-0-28-1





  • RHB


  • RHB