The inaugural season of the Indian Premier League (abbreviated as IPL) commenced on 18th april 2008. The league had 8 teams as participants and each team would play a home game and an away game against every other team. The top four teams at the end of the group stage would qualify for the semifinals and the winner of the two semifinals would play in the final. The first match of the season was played between Royal challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the M. Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore. Brendon Mccullum set the tone of the tournament with a breathtaking knock of 158 not out and took KKR to a comfortable victory.

TEAM CAPTAIN
1)Rajasthan Royals(RR) Shane Warne
2)Chennai Super Kings(CSK) M.S Dhoni
3)Kings XI Punjab(KXIP) Yuvraj Singh
4)Delhi Daredevils(DD) Virender Sehwag
5)Mumbai Indians(MI) Sachin Tendulkar
6)Kolkata Knight Riders(KKR) Sourav Ganguly
7)Royal Challengers Bangalore(RCB) Rahul Dravid
8)Deccan Chargers Adam Gilchrist

 

After getting off to a good start KKR could not make much of an impact throught the tournament and finished sixth in the points table. The Kings XI Punjab and the Rajasthan Royals dominated the whole tournament. The Rajasthan Royals finished first in the points table winning 11 out of 14 matches and the Kings XI Punjab finished second in the points table winning 10 out of 14 matches. The Chennai super kings finished third in the points table winning 8 out of 14 matches and the Delhi Daredevils finished fourth in the points table winning 7 out of 14 matches. As far as the bottom half of the table is concerned, Mumbai Indians finished fifth in the points table. MI had suffered a huge loss when Sachin Tendulkar missed out on a major portion of the tournament due to an injury. Mumbai Indians had to win 2 matches out of the remaining 4 matches to qualify for the semifinals but they ended up only winning one of them and hence they did not make it to the semis. The Mumbai Indians stand in skipper Harbhajan Singh was ruled out of the tournament when he slapped the Kings XI Punjab fast bowler S. Sreesanth at the PCA stadium in Mohali after the Kings XI Punjab had beaten the Mumbai Indians.

Shreesanth Slapped

 

The Kolkata Knight Riders finished sixth in the points table winning 6 matches out of 14. The Royal challengers Bangalore finished seventh in the points table with just 4 wins out of 14 matches. The Deccan Chargers were at the bottom of the table winning 2 out of 14 matches.

Teams Mat Won Lost Tied N/R Pts Net RR For Against
Rajasthan Royals 14 11 3 0 0 22 +0.632 2245/261.1 2153/270.2
Kings XI Punjab 14 10 4 0 0 20 +0.509 2352/259.5 2271/265.5
Chennai Super Kings 14 8 6 0 0 16 -0.192 2241/264.2 2195/253.1
Delhi Daredevils 14 7 6 0 1 15 +0.342 2001/233.2 2031/246.4
Mumbai Indians 14 7 7 0 0 14 +0.570 2080/249.1 2096/269.3
Kolkata Knight Riders 14 6 7 0 1 13 -0.147 1845/242.4 1718/221.4
Royal Challengers Bangalore 14 4 10 0 0 8 -1.160 1983/272.4 2205/261.3
Deccan Chargers 14 2 12 0 0 4 -0.467 2229/270.0 2307/264.3

 

The tournament moved into the semifinals and the Rajasthan Royals were taking on the Delhi Daredevils in the first semifinal at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The match turned out to be a one sided affair as the Rajasthan Royals won comfortably by 105 runs. The Kings XI Punjab were set to take on the Chennai Super Kings in the second semifinal at the same venue. Even the second semifinal turned out to be a one sided affair as the Chennai Super Kings cruised into the finals by thrashing KXIP by 9 wickets.

The final of the first edition of the IPL was set to take place at the D.Y Patil stadium in Navi Mumbai. The Chennai Super Kings batted first and posted a total of 163/5. In reply the Rajasthan Royals chased down the total of the last ball to win the first edition of the IPL. The final was one of the most thrilling encounters of the tournament and was worthy of being called a final.

Brendon McCullum’s Opening Century

Final: short highlights

 

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