Indian Premier League, Final: Royal Challengers Bangalore v Deccan Chargers at Johannesburg, May 24, 2009
Deccan Chargers won by 6 runs
Played at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg (neutral venue)
24 May 2009 - day/night match (20-over match)

Deccan are on the field. Gilchrist will have to make all his calls right. His team have had a huddle. Gilchrist looks animated. The crowd is on their feet in anticipation of a cracker. Bangalore's openers are now out. Symonds has followed young Pandey all to the middle and given him some ... umm .. advice. Talk about sledging. Kallis will face. Harris will bowl.


Harris to Kallis, no run, good ball first up, its quick and lifting from outside off stump and Kallis has a poke and misses


Harris to Kallis, no run, wider delivery moves away off the seam and Kallis shoulders arms


Harris to Kallis, no run, good shot off the back foot, Kallis gets up and punches the ball sweetly but Symonds dives and intercepts at cover, and he's got Gibbs backing up too


Harris to Kallis, 1 leg bye, this one nips back in sharply and catches Kallis high on the flap, was going on high, Kallis is nearly cut in half and ends up with a leg bye to the off side


Harris to Pandey, no run, length outside off, Pandey pushes straight to Symonds at cover

Symonds has been giving Pandey an earful all over.


Harris to Pandey, no run, short and wide, wobbles away off the seam, Pandey thinks about playing but holds back, wide not called

End of over 1 (1 run, maiden) Royal Challengers Bangalore 1/0 (143 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 1.00, RRR: 7.52)

    • MK Pandey 0 (2b)
    • JH Kallis 0 (4b)
    • RJ Harris 1-1-0-0

RP Singh from over the stumps. One slip awaits.


Singh to Kallis, no run, pitches it up and Kallis drives hard but straight to the fielder


Singh to Kallis, no run, shorter ball gets Kallis up on the toes and he steers it square


Singh to Kallis, no run, shorter this time and he slaps it hard but Rohit dives to his right at cover


Singh to Kallis, 1 run, pitches outside leg stump, tucked away out to deep square leg


Singh to Pandey, 1 run, fuller ball on off stump, some shape back in, Pandey gets onto the front foot and pushes the ball off the middle down the track and knows he can get a single


Singh to Kallis, 2 runs, straighter ball, Kallis gets back and turns the ball past midwicket

Sedate start. Good over from RP. Tidy stuff. Backed by athletic fielding.

End of over 2 (4 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 5/0 (139 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 2.50, RRR: 7.72)

    • JH Kallis 3 (9b)
    • MK Pandey 1 (3b)
    • RP Singh 1-0-4-0
    • RJ Harris 1-1-0-0

Harris continues after a maiden over. The second game in a row he's done that.


Harris to Pandey, 1 wide, yorker length ball well outside off stump, Pandey reaches out to try and jam it down to third man but cannot connect, wide called by the umpire


Harris to Pandey, 1 run, comes onto the front foot and pushes the ball to extra cover for one


Harris to Kallis, FOUR, on the pads, too straight, and thats a signature Kallis shot, all power and placement and the ball whistles away between square leg and midwicket


Harris to Kallis, no run, pitched up, Kallis drives hard to Symonds at cover, who stops well

Up comes fine leg now ...


Harris to Kallis, no run, change of pace, hits a good length, Kallis waits on the back foot and just eases the ball down to backward point with soft hands


Harris to Kallis, FOUR, slashes and slashes hard and gets it just over slip's hands for four, Kallis just threw the bat at that wide one and Rohit at a wide slip could not get a hand on it


Harris to Kallis, 1 leg bye, full on the pads but he misses out, too early into the booming flick and the ball dribbles off his pads, had he connected that was going only one direction

End of over 3 (11 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 16/0 (128 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 5.33, RRR: 7.52)

    • JH Kallis 11 (14b 2x4)
    • MK Pandey 2 (4b)
    • RJ Harris 2-1-10-0
    • RP Singh 1-0-4-0

Singh to Kallis, no run, short of a length and going across Kallis, who gets onto the toes and forces the ball away off the back foot to cover


Singh to Kallis, FOUR, fuller ball on middle and off, stays low as it angles across but Kallis is deep in the crease and gets the bat down superbly, just clipping that away past midwicket


Singh to Kallis, OUT, dragged on! Kallis gets into position early and spots the short ball but only manages to reach out and under edge the ball onto off stump, massive wicket that

JH Kallis b Singh 15 (17b 3x4 0x6) SR: 88.23

Roelof comes out at No 3 again.


Singh to van der Merwe, no run, aims for the yorker and nearly pulls it off, swings through the air and Roelof has to adjust and jam the bat down in time to keep it out, really a good ball from RP


Singh to van der Merwe, no run, swing and a miss this time to a shorter ball, he just thrashed at it


Singh to van der Merwe, 1 run, and again Roelof stands back and thrashes at the ball, this time getting an inside edge that so nearly rolls onto his leg stump, Pandey is alert and calls for the single

Kallis has gone. Pandey will have to lead Bangalore again. He's faced just four balls in four overs.

End of over 4 (5 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 21/1 (123 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 5.25, RRR: 7.68)

    • RE van der Merwe 1 (3b)
    • MK Pandey 2 (4b)
    • RP Singh 2-0-9-1
    • RJ Harris 2-1-10-0

Harris to van der Merwe, SIX, pitched up in the slot outside off stump and Roelof plays a superb shot to the slower ball, thumping it over long-off for six


Harris to van der Merwe, no run, shorter ball now and he looks to the leg side and swings, Harris gets a finger on it and slows the pace as mid-off fields it


Harris to van der Merwe, no run, another crude swipe across the line to a short ball, doesn't time it well and the ball rolls to the man at midwicket


Harris to van der Merwe, no run, good slower short ball follows and cramps Roelof has he backs away, goes for the pull and cannot connect this time

Symonds is again at it, telling Roelof how to bat ...


Harris to van der Merwe, SIX, take that says Roelof! Powerfully struck shot, just saw the length and backed himself to go deep, slapping that way over wide long-on for half a dozen

Harris moves to around the stumps and drops fine leg deep ...


Harris to van der Merwe, no run, good ball, right up there on middle and off and thats patted back

Exciting batsman, this Roelof. Not always aesthetic but just pure fun to watch.

End of over 5 (12 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 33/1 (111 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 6.60, RRR: 7.40)

    • RE van der Merwe 13 (9b 2x6)
    • MK Pandey 2 (4b)
    • RJ Harris 3-1-22-0
    • RP Singh 2-0-9-1

After using his mouth, Symonds will get the ball. He gave Roelof a send-off at the end of the over.


Symonds to Pandey, no run, good slower ball on a length and Pandey just pushes it back


Symonds to Pandey, 1 run, swings at a straighter one and inside-edges it to short fine leg


Symonds to van der Merwe, no run, oh he's fallen over! Symonds fires it in straight, gets some shape, Roelof looks to clip it but ends up chopping the ball back onto his foot and loses his balance


Symonds to van der Merwe, 1 run, another swipe to one down leg stump and he gets an inside edge


Symonds to Pandey, 1 run, straighter ball, Pandey patiently bunts it down the ground for one


Symonds to van der Merwe, no run, this one nips back in from outside off and Roelof steers it to cover

End of over 6 (3 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 36/1 (108 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 7.71)

    • RE van der Merwe 14 (12b 2x6)
    • MK Pandey 4 (7b)
    • A Symonds 1-0-3-0
    • RJ Harris 3-1-22-0

Ojha comes on for some left-arm spin from around the stumps.


Ojha to Pandey, OUT, and he's got his man first ball! This one pitches back of a length and turns ever so slightly away from Pandey, who waits on the back foot and cuts but only manages the thinnest of edges into Gilchrist's gloves

MK Pandey c †Gilchrist b Ojha 4 (8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Excellent strike from Ojha brings out Dravid. Bangalore need 108 from 83 balls. Slip comes in.


Ojha to Dravid, 1 run, slower ball, tosses it up, Dravid reaches out and beats extra cover


Ojha to van der Merwe, 1 run, fuller ball with some drift back in, Roelof drives it past cover for one


Ojha to Dravid, no run, good turn away this time, after it lands on a length that forces Dravid onto the back foot, he manages to pick the ball and dabs it to the off side


Ojha to Dravid, 1 run, gives it some air to get Dravid again reaching out and driving to cover


Ojha to van der Merwe, 3 runs, nearly has him! Ojha slows it up a fraction longer, tosses it up on a wider length, Roelof comes out and then realises he's beaten, so stabs at the ball and gets a bit of bat on it, its wide of Gilchrist and backward point, the ball runs down to third man and then Roelof drops the bat, then gets it again, runs two but on the third the ball is back at his end and he harries straight down the track and dives into the stumps ... its all happening!

End of over 7 (6 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 42/2 (102 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 7.84)

    • RE van der Merwe 18 (14b 2x6)
    • R Dravid 2 (3b)
    • PP Ojha 1-0-6-1
    • A Symonds 1-0-3-0

Symonds to van der Merwe, no run, pitches and swings in late and he misses


Symonds to van der Merwe, SIX, bye bye! Great shot off the pads, just cocked the wrists and walloped the straighter ball rows back over deep square leg


Symonds to van der Merwe, 1 run, reaches forward and chips the ball just wide of mid-off


Symonds to Dravid, no run, shorter in length, Dravid transfers the weight and tries to cut but misses


Symonds to Dravid, 1 run, fuller on leg stump and he eases an on-drive down to long-on

Thats the fifty up for Bangalore ...


Symonds to van der Merwe, 3 runs, good placement from Roelof, getting back and steering the shorter ball into the gap behind Gibbs at backward point, he was looking to go straighter but adjusted well

End of over 8 (11 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 53/2 (91 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 6.62, RRR: 7.58)

    • RE van der Merwe 28 (18b 3x6)
    • R Dravid 3 (5b)
    • A Symonds 2-0-14-0
    • PP Ojha 1-0-6-1

Plucky innings from Roelof. He can do some damage if he lasts. Ojha continues.


Ojha to van der Merwe, FOUR, top shot again, just uses his feet and lofts that wide of mid-on for four


Ojha to van der Merwe, no run, quicker ball, back of a length and cramps him as he looks for the cut, not as much turn as he anticipated and the ball flies toward backward point


Ojha to van der Merwe, OUT, wild slog and he's stumped by a week! Ojha persists with the fuller length, slows it up a touch, it dips and breaks away sharply from Roelof as he skips out and swings, Gilchrist just has to collect and break the stumps

RE van der Merwe st †Gilchrist b Ojha 32 (21b 1x4 3x6) SR: 152.38

Well thats how he bats, Roelof. Its 57 for 3. Out comes Taylor. Another key player.


Ojha to Taylor, no run, good ball, slow again, tossed up to bring Taylor onto the front foot and he pushes the ball square on the off side


Ojha to Taylor, 1 run, flatter and quicker, defends it back down the track and Ojha dives with an outstretched hand to parry the ball behind the stumps, the batsmen steal one


Ojha to Dravid, 1 run, too short and Dravid pounces, punching off the back foot past cover

End of over 9 (6 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 59/3 (85 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 6.55, RRR: 7.72)

    • R Dravid 4 (6b)
    • LRPL Taylor 1 (2b)
    • PP Ojha 2-0-12-2
    • A Symonds 2-0-14-0

Dravid and Taylor in the middle. Uthappa, Kohli and Boucher to follow. Last over before the time-out.


Harmeet Singh to Dravid, 1 leg bye, slides down the pads and Dravid cannot connect well on the shot


Harmeet Singh to Taylor, FOUR, lovely shot that, just shuffled across and glanced the straighter ball very fine for four, really good stuff from Taylor


Harmeet Singh to Taylor, FOUR, now he goes short and wide and Taylor hammers that into the gap behind point, hit it hard and picked the spot he wanted, not a good ball at all from Harmeet


Harmeet Singh to Taylor, 1 run, gets across the stumps to one pitching very straight and connects well on the flick, placing the ball wide of midwicket


Harmeet Singh to Dravid, no run, short of a length outside off and glided down to backward point


Harmeet Singh to Dravid, no run, big shout as he misses one sliding down leg stump, the ball rolls to backward point

Ten overs gone and its 69 for 3. Exciting chase on the cards. See you soon!

End of over 10 (10 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 69/3 (75 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 6.90, RRR: 7.50)

    • R Dravid 4 (9b)
    • LRPL Taylor 10 (5b 2x4)
    • Harmeet Singh 1-0-9-0
    • PP Ojha 2-0-12-2

Sharma to Taylor, 2 runs, played off the pads towards midwicket for two


Sharma to Taylor, 1 run, comes onto the front foot and nudges the ball for a single


Sharma to Dravid, 2 runs, short and wide and well cut out to the sweeper for a couple


Sharma to Dravid, 1 run, slides back in, he gets back and mistimes the ball to mid-on


Sharma to Taylor, 1 run, straighter ball, Taylor shuffles across and clips the ball fine for one


Sharma to Dravid, 2 runs, tidy stuff, Dravid gets back and works the ball off his pads

Decent over. Didn't allow too much room.

End of over 11 (9 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 78/3 (66 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 7.09, RRR: 7.33)

    • R Dravid 9 (12b)
    • LRPL Taylor 14 (8b 2x4)
    • RG Sharma 1-0-9-0
    • Harmeet Singh 1-0-9-0

Harmeet Singh to Taylor, no run, pitches it up on off stump and he drives it down to mid-off, who is up


Harmeet Singh to Taylor, no run, straighter ball, Taylor plays the flick straight to midwicket


Harmeet Singh to Taylor, 1 run, now he walks across and picks out the gap behind square leg


Harmeet Singh to Dravid, OUT, bowled em! Dravid gets too far across his stumps and cannot pull off the paddle shot with a man down at deep fine leg and his leg stump is knocked over

R Dravid b Harmeet Singh 9 (13b 0x4 0x6) SR: 69.23

Silly shot and Deccan are all over Harmeet Singh. Well bowled, young man. Here's Kohli.


Harmeet Singh to Kohli, no run, good length, nips back, Kohli pushes it back from his crease


Harmeet Singh to Kohli, no run, too wide and he hits it hard off the back foot to the man at cover

Deccan have struck. Pressure on Bangalore. What a game.

End of over 12 (1 run) Royal Challengers Bangalore 79/4 (65 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 6.58, RRR: 8.12)

    • V Kohli 0 (2b)
    • LRPL Taylor 15 (11b 2x4)
    • Harmeet Singh 2-0-10-1
    • RG Sharma 1-0-9-0

Ojha to Taylor, 1 leg bye, slowly tossed up outside leg stump, Taylor shuffles across but cannot get any bat on it and the ball brushes his pads for a leg bye


Ojha to Kohli, 1 run, flatter on off stump, Kohli gets back and turns the ball past midwicket


Ojha to Taylor, FOUR, a fraction too short and Taylor dispatches that superbly past midwicket and the sweeper at deep square leg cannot cut it off, that was picked early and hammered


Ojha to Taylor, SIX, super shot! Short and Taylor rocks back to pull that for six over fine leg


Ojha to Taylor, no run, better ball, slower and on middle and off and Taylor defends it back


Ojha to Taylor, no run, gets some dip this time and Taylor is comfortable just patting it back

Two excellent shots. Taylor just spotted the length and relied on amazing bat speed.

End of over 13 (12 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 91/4 (53 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 7.00, RRR: 7.57)

    • LRPL Taylor 25 (16b 3x4 1x6)
    • V Kohli 1 (3b)
    • PP Ojha 3-0-23-2
    • Harmeet Singh 2-0-10-1

Harmeet Singh to Kohli, no run, pitches it up, gets some shape in, Kohli rolls the wrists and plays it back


Harmeet Singh to Kohli, FOUR, good square drive, just saw room outside off stump and smacked it superbly into the gap at point, the fielders in the deep had little time to react


Harmeet Singh to Kohli, 1 run, fuller and straighter and Kohli just dabs that to point and sets off


Harmeet Singh to Taylor, 1 run, back of a length, pushed to extra cover and harries off, Rao collects from mid-off and nails a direct hit but Taylor was pumping furiously and makes it comfortably


Harmeet Singh to Kohli, 1 run, short of a length outside off and he whips it down past midwicket


Harmeet Singh to Taylor, 1 run, good shot, just clipping the full ball off his toes out to the sweeper

Smart batting between this pair ... don't need to do anything risky.

End of over 14 (8 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 99/4 (45 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 7.07, RRR: 7.50)

    • LRPL Taylor 27 (18b 3x4 1x6)
    • V Kohli 7 (7b 1x4)
    • Harmeet Singh 3-0-18-1
    • PP Ojha 3-0-23-2

Symonds to Taylor, no run, too straight and he turns it around the corner straight to short fine leg


Symonds to Taylor, OUT, gone this time and thats a crucial time to get rid of Taylor! Symonds dropped it back in length and Taylor's eye lits lit up, but he miscues the pull shot straight to the man out at deep square leg, who doesn't make a mistake

LRPL Taylor c Venugopal Rao b Symonds 27 (20b 3x4 1x6) SR: 135.00

Do we have another hiccup? Out comes Boucher. A real cool customer.


Symonds to Kohli, OUT, hello hello hello, whats this? Excellent work from Gilchrist, collecting the ball that slides down Kohli's pads, he's over the line and doesn't get back in time so thats stumped and the stadium erupts as the sign flashes OUT on the big screen, chalk that down to excellent work behind the stumps from Gilchrist

V Kohli st †Gilchrist b Symonds 7 (8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 87.50

Symonds is on a hat-trick. Bangalore need 45 from 33 balls. What scenes in Jo'burg. Here's Uthappa.


Symonds to Uthappa, 2 runs, too straight and Uthappa gets across and works the ball down to Harmeet at fine leg, he runs hard and that brings up the 100 for Bangalore


Symonds to Uthappa, 1 run, gets over the ball and punches it wide of midwicket and mid-on for one


Symonds to Boucher, 1 run, pitches it up outside off and he drives and picks the gap at cover-point

Tension, tension. Symonds and Gilchrist have pulled this one back.

End of over 15 (4 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 103/6 (41 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 6.86, RRR: 8.20)

    • MV Boucher 1 (1b)
    • RV Uthappa 3 (2b)
    • A Symonds 3-0-18-2
    • Harmeet Singh 3-0-18-1

Harmeet Singh to Boucher, FOUR, flashed and flashed for four to third man! Full ball and Boucher plays it late, edging it wide of Gilchrist and third man cannot get around to save that crucial boundary


Harmeet Singh to Boucher, no run, slower ball slants back in and he pushes it inside out to cover


Harmeet Singh to Boucher, no run, backs away, then goes back and defends a length ball to Harmeet


Harmeet Singh to Boucher, no run, shorter of a length, very straight, cramping him for room and he can only push the ball back down the track


Harmeet Singh to Boucher, OUT, gone, is that the game? Boucher goes back and limply cuts a short and wide ball right to Gibbs at point, right into his lap and Harmeet has taken another wicket

MV Boucher c Gibbs b Harmeet Singh 5 (6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 83.33

Harmeet kept the pressure with three dot balls and slipped a wider one in. Boucher picked the man.


Harmeet Singh to Kumar, 1 run, back of a length and Praveen drives it to the man at cover

Very good display from Harmeet. His best return of the IPL. Two massive wickets.

End of over 16 (5 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 108/7 (36 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 6.75, RRR: 9.00)

    • P Kumar 1 (1b)
    • RV Uthappa 3 (2b)
    • Harmeet Singh 4-0-23-2
    • A Symonds 3-0-18-2

Ojha to Kumar, 1 run, tossed up, Praveen slashes over gully on the bounce to the deep


Ojha to Uthappa, no run, slower ball, fuller, gets him onto the front foot and pushing to cover


Ojha to Uthappa, 1 run, tosses it up and Uthappa pushes the ball to cover again for one


Ojha to Kumar, OUT, they're collapsing! Ojha gently lobs it up on the stumps, Praveen swings across the line and the leading edge is taken easily by RP Singh running in from gully

P Kumar c Singh b Ojha 2 (3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66


Ojha to Uthappa, 1 run, flatter and quicker on off stump, Uthappa runs it down to backward point


Ojha to Vinay Kumar, 2 runs, lovely dip, pitches and turns away but Vinay plays that rather well, waiting for the turn and then opening the face at the last second to guide the ball down to third man

End of over 17 (5 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 113/8 (31 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 6.64, RRR: 10.33)

    • R Vinay Kumar 2 (1b)
    • RV Uthappa 5 (5b)
    • PP Ojha 4-0-28-3
    • Harmeet Singh 4-0-23-2

Gilchrist turns back to RP Singh. Bangalore need 31 from 18.


Singh to Uthappa, 1 run, too straight, Uthappa turns it past midwicket and gets a single


Singh to Vinay Kumar, no run, nerves! VInay walks across the sticks and goes for the paddle but cannot connect, the ball rolls off his pads, RP swoops in and under-arms it back but cannot hit the stumps


Singh to Vinay Kumar, 1 run, serves up a full toss outside off which is pushed down to long-off

Uthappa has a long chat with Vinay. Uthappa is their only chance.


Singh to Uthappa, no run, slower ball, on a good length, turned straight to midwicket, dot ball!


Singh to Uthappa, 1 run, much shorter in length, starts to angle across, Uthappa gets over the bounce and gently drops the ball down in front of backward point and calls Vinay across


Singh to Vinay Kumar, 1 leg bye, takes a step down, RP pitches it outside leg stump and the ball brushes the pads and rolls to square leg, the batsmen cross for a leg bye

End of over 18 (4 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 117/8 (27 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 6.50, RRR: 13.50)

    • R Vinay Kumar 3 (4b)
    • RV Uthappa 7 (8b)
    • RP Singh 3-0-12-1
    • PP Ojha 4-0-28-3

Its now 27 from 12 for Bangalore. Harris comes back for his last over. Deccan need two wickets. Kumble has his helmet on and is standing up. Looks rather tense.


Harris to Vinay Kumar, FOUR, good shot under pressure! Harris bangs it in short and wide, Vinay makes room and slaps the poor ball over backward point and gets a crucial boundary


Harris to Vinay Kumar, no run, thats the length, just full and searching for the yorker outside off stump, Vinay cannot connect and Gilchrist collects the ball


Harris to Vinay Kumar, 1 run, pitches on a length outside off stump and Vinay pushes it to point and sets off, smart single gets Uthappa back on strike

Fine leg up. Deep backward square comes finer. Cover point comes in on the ropes.


Harris to Uthappa, SIX, amazing shot! Length ball, not what you need to bowl at this stage, Uthappa walks down and absolutely smokes that over long-on for six


Harris to Uthappa, 1 run, not the yorker he was aiming at, its a low full toss which Uthappa flicks to Rao at midwicket for a quick single


Harris to Vinay Kumar, OUT, brilliant catch, and I mean brilliant, and whats more the batsmen have crossed! Vinay gets right across his stumps and paddles the ball, makes good contact but Harmeet Singh runs in from fine leg and holds a stunner inches off the ground, catches win matches, put them down at your peril is the old saying and this young man has held his nerves excellently to hold on

R Vinay Kumar c Harmeet Singh b Harris 8 (8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Ooof. I'm sapped. Great catch. The batsmen have crossed. Kumble will face. They need 15 off six balls.

End of over 19 (12 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 129/9 (15 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 6.78, RRR: 15.00)

    • RV Uthappa 14 (10b 1x6)
    • RJ Harris 4-1-34-1
    • RP Singh 3-0-12-1

Singh to Kumble, 1 run, back of a length outside off stump, Kumble slaps the ball to cover and sets off, he has to then dive to make his ground and does well stretch himself

Nervous faces in the dug out. Gilchrist has a long chat with RP. Uthappa breathes deeply.


Singh to Uthappa, no run, walks down and swings, cannot connect, the ball hits his thigh and rolls to the off side, Kumble starts off but gets sent back ... thats a dot ball

Gilchrist comes up to the stumps ... third man is moved finer ...


Singh to Uthappa, no run, walks across and tries the paddle but he was looking somewhere else, not in position to play that, not a good shot at all and the ball rolls back down the track to RP


Singh to Uthappa, 2 runs, fuller ball outside off stump, swung along the ground wide of mid-on and Rao fields down at mid-on, Uthappa comes back on strike


Singh to Uthappa, 4 leg byes, full ball outside leg stump, Uthappa swings and cannot connect, the ball brushes his pads and runs down to fine leg for four but thats not enough for Bangalore

Eight to win from one ball ... the crowd is alive ... Deccan have done it ...


Singh to Uthappa, 1 run, length ball, swung wide of mid-on out to Rao and Deccan have won!

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the winners of the 2009 IPL - the Deccan Chargers! The whole team runs out and storms the field and what scenes in Johannesburg, one of the greatest venues in world cricket. All the Deccan players and support staff are cock-a-hoop, whooping it up like school kids on the last day of exams. Hats off to them. They finished last in 2008 and have now won the trophy. Really amazing stuff from them. RP Singh bowled a good last over. He still keeps the purple cap. The two teams line up to shake hands. Gilchrist leads Deccan on a lap of victory. The crowd laps it up. Bangalore walk off looking gutted. Poor Kumble. He bowled superbly, taking four wickets, and Deccan were kept to 143. It looked an achievable target but Bangalore's batsmen fell to a mixture of good bowling and reckless shots. Dravid, Roelof and Taylor all fell to loose shots. PK did too but he's not a batsman. Kumble looks very crestfallen.

This wasn't an easy track to bat on. In the end you can look back and see Gibbs innings in perspective. It wasn't pretty, it wasn't massive, he made a few strange calls in the last over but he hung on and helped Deccan to 143. Bangalore just failed to chase it. Early wickets put pressure on the middle order. You have to say Symonds double blow - the second down to excellent work from Gilchrist - and Harmeet's wickets and outstanding catch were key moments. Champion moments and the champions of IPL 2009 stand deserving winners. The whole team is ecstatic and why not? Who gave them a chance?

Bangalore played very, very well to make the final. Poor start to the tournament but they were rallied by Kumble, still a legend. Bangalore won five in a row to come here. Just wasn't there day. But they've been fun to track over the last 37 days. They will not be forgotten. They were second last in 2008. Amazing turnaround.

Lalit Modi comes to the podium to thank South Africa. Then comes the President of South Africa. Pardon me as I skip them and wait for the post-match presentation ceremony.

Modi is still talking. Hang in there. I'll get you the Man of the Match and such.

Yup, still going strong. I wonder if they will even announce the Man of the Match or give the captains a chance to speak. Akon, Katrina Kaif and some other entertainers are due up.

Modi has gone. There's a fancy sound and light presentation going on. Smoke billowing. All rather plush. Loud cheer as Akon steps onto the stage. He's performing Smack That. Be careful, Katrina. Its the death of cricket as we know it. Akon lip-synching at the final of a tournament. I've seen it all now. Match is over ages ago and no chance for the captains to speak or see who the Man of the Match and the Series are. Smack that and all. I feel like a relic right now.

Well folks, its been a pleasure having your company this evening. I don't know how much longer this will go on and I have a flight to catch. Apologies for not being able to bring you the post-match ceremony with the captains and the stars of the match. But such are the times now. Akon instead of Gilchrist and Kumble.

Thanks for tuning in and thanks for being there with us all tournament. On behalf of everyone who brought you the live scoring and commentary of the tournament, this is Jamie Alter saying goodnight and good luck.

End of over 20 (8 runs) Royal Challengers Bangalore 137/9 (7 runs required)

    • RV Uthappa 17 (15b 1x6)
    • A Kumble 1 (1b)
    • RP Singh 4-0-16-1
    • RJ Harris 4-1-34-1





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