Learning from my last mistake of reaching late to the cricket stadium and then getting a parking 4 Km away from the venue, this time I started way early than the starting time of the match…IPL final-match ceremony was gonna commence on 6-30 PM but I left home at 4…Reached stadium at 4-30 and luckily got a parking at a desired place…Still the gates were closed and we waited with a baited breath to enter the D.Y. Patil stadium..Gates opened at around 5 and we rushed to get in and settled on our seats..

At sharp 6-30, the ceremony started in a grand style..Commentators Ravi Shastri, Ramiz Raja, Arun Lal, Damien Fleming, Sunil Gavaskar etc were all wearing Indian traditional Kurta-PaijamasRavi Shastri welcomed us all and also the other dignitaries…BCCI president Sharad Pawar gave a small speech..IPL commisioner and chairman Mr. Lalit Modi spoke few words followed by a speech from ICC head..And then the real fun started..

Bollywood divas Amrita Arora, Diya Mirza, Shamita Shetty and Sameera Reddy performed some bollywood as well as Indian traditional dance steps on bollywood songs…Then came the maestro himself…Yeah ! Salman Khan !!!..He certainly has been a great crowd puller always..He had the audience swaying as he performed on the song from his forthcoming TV Show ‘Dus ka Dam’..Salman’s cameo was followed by a great display from Cirque du Soleil – a Canada based acrobat team..Then there was a fabulous and mind-blowing laser and para-gliding show..It was just amazing..

After all that non-cricketing events, now it was the time to talk business..Yup, it’s the time for a tossShane Warne of Rajasthan won the toss and elected to field…Chennai scored 163 in their quota of 20 overs with Parthiv, Raina and Morkel providing some nice scores…

Rajasthan got their first blow when Niraj Patel got out in 2nd overs…But then they somehow settled down and were scoring runs at a good rate..Wickets fell at regular intervals but Rajasthan managed the run rate of 7.5 – 8 throughout their inning..Rajasthan were 75-3 in 10 overs while Chennai at the same stage were 75-2..So both were going neck to neck and we all knew that this game will go to a wire and it surely would have a close finish..Yusuf Pathan hit some huge sixes as one went on the level 3 of the stadium…This pathan has got some power, I must say that…All of his hits were clean and huge..A bright prospect for India..

Then came the time to bite your nails…Last over and 7 needed to win for Rajasthan..Full of tension and stress…As the intensity increased, the adrenaline secretion reached its peak..Balaji could not control his temper and lost his rhythm in between and bowled a wide at a crucial stage to make the scores level with one ball to spare..So 1 ball and 1 run needed to win for Rajasthan..So it just became a mere formality for Rajasthan and on the last ball, Tanvir hit a boundry to get his side home…Rajasthan won !!…There were fireworks all around the place…People were shouting “Rajasthan Rajasthan – Warney Warney”…All the tension and stress turned into a vibrant atmosssphere…All the secretion of adrenaline changed into smiles, laughters and cheers…Certainly the Rajasthan supportes outnumbered Chennai fans…But it was a last ball finish and a real nail-bitter…You just can’t ask for more in the final…Cannot get better than this…A well fought battle for Chennai too and they also knew it hence they did not look that disappointed..”In the end your efforts that matter the most – Winning and losing are the part and parcel of the game” Dhoni said in the post-match ceremony…

Yusuf Pathan got ‘Man of the Match’ award for 3 wickets and a brilliant half-century…Shane Watson got the ‘Man of the Series’ award for his all-round performance…Goswami of Royal Challengers Banglore won an award for ‘Best under-19’ player…And last but not the least, Shane Warne lifted the first DLF IPL trophy designed with gold, silver and diamonds and a cheque of worth (whooping !!!) 4.8 Crore ruppes(12 Million US Dollars)…Huge money..Great fun..Awesome entertainment..Fabulous Cricket…Cool show..

Fianlly, the giant video screen shut down just after displaying this message:
“See you next year at the IPL Edition 2.”..

Really, I cant wait for the next year…I have already started missing IPL..

Soham

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