It’s official! Hyderabad Deccan Chargers are the IPL 2 champions and the winners certainly deserved the IPL 2 title after they defeated Bangalore Royal Challengers in a fine fashion. Deccan Chargers were always the favorite for the IPL 2 final. See photos and a video of Hyderabad Deccan Chargers here.
Go Chargers… Go Chargers…! You could just feel the whole stadium shouting the same song again and again. They won $1.25m for being the IPL 2 winners.
Bangalore just managed 137 runs while chasing a total of 143 runs. Van Der Merwe top-scored with 32 runs and Pragyan Ojha took three crucial wickets.
Earlier, Deccan Chargers batted first and scored 143 runs off their stipulated 20 overs after losing six wickets. Many people had expectations from Chargers captain Adam Gilchrist to play a striking knock, but he got bowled out in the first over only off Anil Kumble’s superb delivery.
South African batsman Herschelle Gibbs scored a helpful half-century to get a descent total for his team. Although it looked like a small score… Bangalore simply didn’t manage it. They started off good but lost wickets in succession in the middle to end their chances of winning the IPL 2 title.
It is to be noted that both the finalists were placed in the bottom of the table last year and it was the Rajasthan Royals who won the title.
Challengers owner Vijay Mallya was obviously disappointed after the severe loss. He had high expectations from his team, after they performed well in the past week and knocked out Chennai Super Kings in the semi-finals, thanks to Manish Pandey.
While Matthew Hayden got the Orange Cap for being the highest scorer of the tournament, R P Singh got the Purple Cap for being the highest wicket taking bowler of IPL 2.
I must say, the IPL final certainly lived up to the hopes of the viewers and we are all set for the IPL closing ceremony now. I hear that, apart from Shilpa Shetty and Katrina Kaif, even rapper Akon will be performing in the ceremony.
Lalit Modi will certainly be happy after the grand success of IPL 2 in South Africa.
Check out more photos and a video of Hyderabad Deccan Chargers below.
Hyderabad Deccan Chargers Video