On this day in 2008, Rajasthan Royals faced Chennai Super Kings in the finals of the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League. The match was set to take place in the D.Y Patil stadium in Mumbai. Rajasthan Royals became the 2008 IPL champions.
Rajasthan Royals topped the league table with 11 wins and 3 losses. Chennai Super Kings came third in the League table with 8 wins and 6 losses. Rajasthan was the only team in the league that did not have an Indian Captain. Shane Warne was the captain of the Royals.
Rajasthan Qualified for the finals defeating Delhi in semi-finals 1. Chennai defeated Punjab and qualified for the finals.
It was toss time in Mumbai, the two captains out in the middle with the match referee. Shane Warne for Rajasthan Royals and Mahendra Singh Dhoni for Chennai Super Kings. Rajasthan Royals won the toss and elected to bowl first.
Opening the batting for Chennai were Parthiv Patel and Vidyut Sivaramakrishnan. Chennai lost opener Vidyut in the sixth over of the game. In walked Suresh Raina. Chennai kept losing wickets but all batsman chipped in with runs. Chennai ended with 163/5 in their quota of 20 overs. The target to be scored was considered to be a tough chase since the format was new.
Opening the batting for Rajasthan were Niraj Patel and Swapnil Asnodkar. Both the openers and Kamran Akmal were back in the pavilion till the seventh over. Shane Watson and Yusuf Pathan stood in the middle and took the attack on the Chennai Bowlers. Yusuf brought up his half-century. The first player to score a half-century in the finals of the Indian Premier League. The Royals won the match on the penultimate delivery of the finals with Shane Warne and Sohail Tanvir in the middle. Rajasthan ended 164/7 at the end of 20 overs. Rajasthan Royals became the 2008 IPL Champions.