Rajasthan Royals Win First IPL Trophy.

Rajasthan Royals have created history. The team with few stars won the IPL League title.

The Rajasthan Royals won a last ball thriller to emerge champions of the inaugural DLF Indian Premier League by three wickets at Mumbai today.

Sohail Tanveer scored one run of the final ball to bring victory to Rajasthan Royals. It was a relief to see the best team in the league stage lift the trophy.

Earlier winning the toss, Shane Warne elected to field. This was a smart choice because they won eight of nine league games chasing the total. Super Kings batted well until the 15th over and had a tough time scoring in the last five hours. This was due to some excellent bowling by Tanveer and Shane Watson.

Batting second, Royals lost three wickets for 40 runs. Yusuf Pathan and Shane Watson put a decent partnership to bring Royals close to the win. Yusuf was lucky to survive two dropped catches and made a much-needed 50 runs. Shane Watson was out attempting a shot of Murali.

Finally, Shane Warne and Tanveer put a partnership towards the end to bring victory to Royals.

Rajasthan are now the champions of this ground-breaking tournament, and deservedly so as they have been the best team on view throughout the IPL. It has been a great journey for all those involved in this concept, and India can boast of hosting one of the best tournaments in world cricket today.

For picking up three wickets and scoring 56 runs, Yusuf Pathan was adjudged the Man of the Match trophy while his team-mate Shane Watson collected the Man of the Series award for scoring 472 runs to go with his 17 wickets.

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Bangladesh beat New Zealand XI in Cyclone Sidr Relief Match

Bangladesh defeated a New Zealand Cricket (NZC) XI by four wickets in a day-night Twenty20 game in Hamilton to pick up their first win of the tour. After the Bangladeshi bowlers had restricted NZC XI to a modest 133, Farhad Reza’s 17-ball 31 propelled the visitors to a win with three overs to spare.

Sent in, NZC XI had a slow start reaching 19 for 2 in 5.3 overs. They were propped up by James Marshall and Scott Styris who added 39 for the fifth wicket. Marshall top scored with an unbeaten 33, which included one six and a four. For the Bangladeshis, opening bowler Shahadat Hossain took 3 for 15 off his four overs.

The visitors’ chase began poorly with the openers falling cheaply but the next five batsmen contributed with scores over 20 to ensure victory. Three run-outs had threatened to derail the Bangladeshis’ reply, but Reza and Mehrab Hossain jnr added 47 for the sixth wicket to ease their side’s concerns. Michael Mason was the most effective NZC XI bowler, conceding only 21 runs off his four overs.

After having lost two of their three previous games of the tour – with one match abandoned, the Bangladeshis will take some confidence from this win, which comes ahead of the first ODI against New Zealand on Wednesday.

The game was a charity match to help raise funds for people affected by Cyclone Sidr, which ripped through Bangladesh in November and killed more than 3000 people. The ICC also donated US$250,000 to the Bangladesh Relief Fund at the start of the match.

 

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