Rajasthan have won! What a finish! Tanvir stays in his crease and pulls a short of a length delivery through wide mid-on, Warne was already half-way down the pitch by the time he made contact with the ball, the players run on to the field and mob their captain Warne and their best bowler Tanvir, who's been a hero with the bat today
Royals won by 3 wickets (with 0 balls remaining)
12.04 pm local time: Dhoni's got his players together and he's telling them that they've fought superbly. What a game, what a fitting finish to the tournament. Warne looks relieved and excited hugging Darren Berry. Warne's now calling his players together as the fireworks go off in abundance at the DY Patil stadium.
"Come over, come over boys," shouts Warne. They are in a huddle and they're jumping up and down, lovely scenes. Hugs all around among the Rajasthan players. The fans are dancing too.
Graeme Smith says he thinks he's hurt his hamstring again while running out to congratulate the boys. He missed out today because of his injury which he says is a Grade two tear. He expects to be out for about four weeks.
Yusuf Pathan's got a stump as a souvenir and he looks overwhelmed by emotion. Today was his match, 3 for 22 with the ball and then a half-century with the bat. And how fitting that Warne was in the middle when the winning runs were hit. Chennai competed splendidly but few will disagree that the better team won.
"A true finale....salute to good cricket and two good captains...a great day for cricket," says Sunil.
There's a massive presentation coming up, with loads of prizes. I'll have all of that for you ...
Chennai's Super Kings are standing with arms over each others shoulders for the presentation, like footballers do during a penalty shoot out.
Yusuf Pathan wins the maximum sixes award for hitting four sixes today, and massive ones they were too! He's the Man of the Match as well, a shoo-in really with 3 for 22 and 56 off 39 balls. "I'm speechless," says Yusuf." I'm so happy." He really is speechless and Shastri has to coax him and then he gives credit to the bowlers for restricting Chennai. He says he was really nervous before the start of his innings. The nervousness showed in the early part of his innings as well but he settled down superbly.
There's an award for the best under 19 player of the tournament and the winner is Shreevats Goswami who plays for the Bangalore Royal Challengers. "I learnt quite a lot ...a dream come true to share the dressing room with such experienced players."
Shaun Marsh isn't here to collect the orange cap that he's made his own by scoring 616 runs in the tournament. He was terrific. Sohail Tanvir walks up proudly to collect the purple cap, Tanvir took 22 wickets in the tournament.
"I bowled really well throughout the tournament," says Tanvir " but not in the final. It will help me in the future. He says he was feeling the pressure during the end of the run-chase but drew confidence from his hitting during the end of the World Twenty20 final against India in South Africa
The fair play award of the tournament goes to the Chennai Super Kings. Dhoni has a lot of hands to shake before he goes back to his team.
Now it's time for the Man of the Series ... step up Shane Watson who's been a star with 474 runs and 17 wickets. "Winning was the most important thing," says Watson. "I just tried to play as well as I could and everything came together well for me. We have a great set up and a team dynamic and the experience was amazing."
Chennai's players are now lining up to collect their medals. Dhoni's collecting the runners-up cheque for Rs 2.4 crores ($600,000).
Dhoni: "I think the standard of our cricket was really good. We were up to the mark in the finals. We lost as a team. There were a few errors in batting and bowling. We're not really unhappy or bogged down by it. We'll go back to our hotel and enjoy it. That's what sport is all about. the response from our team was great. even the guys who didn't get a chance were completely behind the team. So the spirit was great."
The Rajasthan team line-up to collect their medals from Sharad Pawar. Loud cheers as Warne goes up last to collect his medal, the winners cheque of Rs 4.8 crores ($1.2 million), and the trophy. He's got his entire team with him.
"It's been a fantastic journey. We're gelled together really quickly. It makes me proud to see so many young guys learning and executing their skills in the middle. I think the crowds all over India have made the atmosphere amazing. Congratulations to Chennai. It's been a wonderful ride for us."
Warne says he was nervous and was hoping that Tanvir would be on strike for the final ball. He's smiling of course. "As soon as Tanvir hit the ball I was ready to tear my hamstrings running for the single."
Warne says "I don't think there's been too many better teams that I've played in during my career." Warne goes back on stage to collect the trophy and the confetti machines go off, dousing the Rajsthan players as they celebrate once more.
Phew! It's finally over, the tournament that is, not the presentation ceremony. The final was the 59th match on the 44th day of the tournament. It's been fun for the majority of the tournament, there were a few drab matches and none more so than the semi-finals but the finale was a crackerjack. A fitting last ball finish.
So that's it from us at Cricinfo for the first edition of the Indian Premier League. Thank you for all your emails, today, and through the tournament. I hope you've enjoyed it. On behalf of the entire commentary and scoring team, this is George Binoy signing off. It's back to 50-over and Test-match cricket for now. Cheers.
Rajasthan's players are ready to run into the field from the dug out. The tension/excitement is palpable. Dhoni's marshaling his players, the field has come in.
Rajasthan need one off the final ball.
Balaji bowls a full toss angling into the left-hander, Tanvir uses the angle into him and flicks towards long leg, Warne was setting off even before the bowler had delivered, they run two, the scores are level
Three to win off two balls.
Warne reaches out for a full ball and squeezes it towards point for a single
what has he done! Balaji has bowled a wide outside off stump, Tanvir lets it go and Parthiv fails to collect cleanly and the batsmen run, that's two runs without a legal delivery being bowled
Rajasthan need two runs a ball. Balaji from round the wicket.
6 off 3 balls.
Warne steps down the track and throws his bat at a low full toss outside off, he hits it through cover for one
lovely! Balaji's bowled a yorker outside off stump, Warne tries to dig it out but misses, he was looking to smash it through cover
7 off 5 balls. Will we have a bowl out?
a low full toss and Tanvir comes forward and chips the ball down to long on for just the single
Who will Dhoni give the final over to? Eight runs to defend. That's hardly anything. Balaji has been given the responsibility. Tanvir on strike.
Chennai were 148 for 4 after 19. Rajasthan need 8 off the final over.
Warney! He backs away to a good length ball and smacks it with terrific hand-eye co-ordination through covers for four, superb placement for there was a fielder in the deep but the ball was hit to his right
Rajasthan need a four of this ball.
Ntini fires in another full toss and Tanvir mis-hits the pull towards long on, Badrinath runs in from the boundary but the ball falls short of him
too full from Ntini, Tanvir drives the ball off his pads towards wide long on where Badrinath sprints to his left and dives to ave the four, terrific effort
another full toss and Warne can only flick it towards deep square leg, he could have done more with that you feel
Ntini delivers a full toss which Tanvir drives towards long-on, just the single once again
Warne's taking to Tanvir, giving him instructions no doubt. Ntini goes round the wicket to the left-hander. Fine leg is in the circle.
Warne backs away to a full length delivery and drives the ball inside out through extra cover, Badrinath fields and the batsmen run only a single
Ntini will bowl the penultimate over.
Chennai were 139 for 4 after 18 overs. What a final this is, 18 needed off 12.
a full ball homes into Warne's pads, he tries to flick and loses balance, the ball hist the pad and goes to short fine leg, Gony misses the stumps at the batsman's end of else Tanvir might have been struggling
Tanvir plays the ball off his pads towards midwicket for one
Morkel strays down leg side and that is a wide
Tanvir is the new batsman.
Raina you beauty! A direct hit runs out Yusuf! Warne pushed the full ball firmly to point and set off for the single, Yusuf responded and ran at top speed, Raina collected cleanly, he had one stump to aim at and he threw it down with supreme precision, Yusuf was yards out
Chennai have missed a golden chance! Yusuf clears his front foot out of the way and tries to slog down the ground, he gets an inside edge behind square and they run the single, Yusuf wants the second and sets off, Warne sends him back but Yusuf is a long way down when the throw comes to Parthiv, Yusuf turns and runs straight back down the middle of the pitch, obscuring Parthiv's vision, Morkel didn't get back to the stumps and couldn't collect Parthiv's throw
Warne comes down the pitch and swats a low full toss through cover for a single, Yusuf wants the second but Warne doesn't
Warne's on strike.
full ball on the stumps, Yusuf clears his front foot out of the way and slogs to deep midwicket, Morkel has over-stepped, a criminal offence in such a situation, free hit coming up
Shane Warne is the new batsman.
Over 20 • RR 164/7Royals won by 3 wickets (with 0 balls remaining)
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|Kamran Akmal||run out||6||7|
|YK Pathan||run out||56||39|
|SK Warne||not out||9||9|
|Sohail Tanvir||not out||9||7|
|Extras||(b 1, lb 6, nb 2, w 5)|
|Total||164(7 wkts; 20 ovs)|