Deccan Chargers win IPLSAE final

The Chargers were charged up and the Challengers just weren't challenging enough. As a result, the Deccan Chargers beat the Royal Challengers Bangalore today and were crowned champions of the IPLSAE (Indian Premier League, South African Edition).

Deccan Chargers beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by six runs in Johannesburg in the final of the second season of the Indian Premier League.

Having lost captain Adam Gilchrist for a third-ball duck, Herschelle Gibbs (53 not out) and Andrew Symonds (33 from 21 balls) helped Deccan post 143-6.

And despite Roelof van der Merwe's 32, Symonds took 2-18 and a late collapse left Bangalore six runs short.

The tournament was staged in South Africa because of security concerns.

It clashed with the recent Indian general election and with the government unable to provide security assurances, South Africa pipped England to act as replacement hosts. [Link]

It's pretty amazing that a tournament of such magnitude could be moved to another country on fairly Keshwar short notice. South Africa deserves a lot of credit for what Stuart Hess of The Sunday Independent calls a "terrible inconvenience."

The Indian Premier League, while entertaining and educational, has also been a terrible inconvenience for South Africa.

It hasn't helped that the organisers have been arrogant, rude and demanding. Lalit Modi, Sony Television, IMG, and the all the League's sponsors owe the South African public as well as Cricket South Africa and it's provincial affiliates a massive debt of gratitude that stretches far beyond giving cheques to schools, money to school kids and offering some attractive woman an audition in a Bollywood movie. [Link]

I fully support the last part, especially if it means seeing Miss South Africa Tatum Keshwar in a few Bollywood movies.

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