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Deccan Chargers Lift the IPL Trophy

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The Wanderers, Johannesburg- The DLF IPL cricket tournament finished off with a bang last night as the Deccan Chargers beat the Royal Challenger Bangalores (RCB) to snatch the IPL silverware becoming champions to the most talked about sporting tournament of 2009.

South Africa’s Herschelle Gibbs had the single most significant batting effort by slamming 53 not out off 48 balls with his team, the Chargers, ending off with 143- 6 after the 20 over’s. A score that the RCB just couldn’t reach.

SA President, Jacob Zuma thanked the organizers of the tournament for having faith in SA. The tournament was moved to SA due to political violence in India at the time.

The DLF IPL Chairman and Commissioner Lalit Modi stated that, “It’s been a wonderful journey. And what a journey it’s been. The IPL represents all that modern India stands for. But I’ve been amazed by the unbridled optimism in South Africa.”

As if the crowd wasn’t entertained enough, Grammy Award winner Akon performed his hit’s Smack That and I Wanna Make Love. Reggae star Eddy Grant sang the ever so popular, Walking on Sunshine and Gimme Hope Joanna before a spectacular fireworks display which illuminated the skies of Johannesburg.

SA hosted a total of 59 DLF IPL matches at various stadia across eight cities over a two month period.

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1 Comment»

  Glenn Fernandes wrote @

Lalit Modi has done a very good job. The IPL in South Africa was a big success. Last year, Deccan Charges and Royal Challengers couldn’t even reach the semi-finals but this time they performed very well. The closing ceremony was excellent.


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