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Twenty numbers from the thrilling last-ball finish to the IPL
June 1, 2008
A last-ball finish was the fitting finale to the tournament. We picked out 20 important numbers from the match.
0 - The number of leg-before dismissals in the match.
3 - Number of wickets for Yusuf Pathan, which helped Rajasthan rein in Chennai at the start. No other bowler managed more than two wickets.
4 - Yusuf's sixes in his 56 off 39 balls, the most for any batsman on either side.
5 - The number of extra balls delivered by Albie Morkel: two no-balls and three wides. In contrast, the whole of Rajasthan's attack gave away only three wides and one no-ball.
5.25 - Makhaya Ntini's economy rate, which was the most frugal of the match. In four overs he gave away just 21 runs.
7.91 - The average economy-rate for the three spinners - Yusuf, Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan - in the match. The faster bowlers conceded 7.58 per over on an average.
12 - The number of balls Chamara Kapugedera faced for his 8 in the last five overs of Chennai's innings.
15 - The maximum runs conceded in an over. Sohail Tanvir gave away 15 in the last over of Chennai's innings, while Yusuf smashed two sixes to take 15 off a Muralitharan over.
28 - The runs made by Swapnil Asnodkar and Shane Watson during Rajasthan's chase. Both scored at a strike-rate of more than 140.
29 - The runs Chennai conceded off full tosses. Rajasthan gave away only eight.
30 - The percentage of dot balls in the game. Both Ntini and Yusuf had a percentage of over 40.
36.40 - The average runs scored per dismissal by right-handers in the final. Left-hand batsmen had a better tournament overall, but today they averaged only 20.66.
40 - The runs conceded by Tanvir, the tournament's best bowler, in what was his most expensive outing.
42 - The runs conceded by L Balaji, which was the most by any bowler in the final. Also, the runs scored by Chennai in the Powerplays, for the loss of one wicket. Rajasthan scored 41 for 1.
52 - The runs Rajasthan scored off the final five overs of their innings. Chennai scored 46.
65 - The partnership for the fourth wicket between Watson and Yusuf, the highest of the match.
78 - Runs scored in boundaries by both teams. Chennai managed nine fours and seven sixes, while Rajasthan had 12 fours and five sixes.
81.25 - Rajasthan's win % in the IPL, with 13 victories out of 16 matches. They've also won nine out of 10 run-chases.
200 - Yusuf's strike-rate against Muttiah Muralitharan. Yusuf clouted three sixes to score 24 off just 12 balls against Murali.
300 - S Badrinath's strike-rate. He made 6 off two balls, and one was left wondering why he came after Kapugedera.
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