The action that unfolded on the first and last ball of every IPL season
Manpreet Gony of CSK had the ball in hand for the season opener of 2009 in South Africa. His short pitched delivery was dealt with soft hands by Mumbai Indians’s Sanath Jayasurya, towards mid-wicket, as Sachin Tendulkar scampered through for a single.
Entrusted with the responsibility of defending 15 runs in the final over, RP Singh of Deccan Chargers ensured that the match result did not rely upon the action of the last ball.
With an improbable eight to get of the final delivery, Robin Uthappa of RCB swung his bat at a length ball that was fielded by Venugopal Rao at mid-on as the batting duo picked up a single and the Chargers found themselves on the other end of the IPL standings, from wooden spooners in 2008 to champions in 2009.