Ice cool Shane Warne leads the majestic Rajasthan Royals to IPL success - winners backed at 50
It was fitting that Shane Warne should be at the crease as Sohail Tanvir hit the winning run off the last ball as it has been his....
The Rajasthan Royals were matched at a high of 50 on Betfair to win the inaugural version of the Indian Premier League.
It was fitting that Shane Warne should be at the crease as Sohail Tanvir hit the winning run off the last ball as it has been his inspirational captaincy, creative field placements, wickets and runs down the order that guided the Royals to success. The winners were matched at a high of 3.9 on the match odds market.
Summary of the main price fluctuations on Betfair during the Rajasthan Royals' successful run chase.
The Chennai Super Kings post 163 batting first and its evens the pair at the change.
The Royals drift to 3.25 at 42-3 with Asnodkar, Akmal and Patel all out.
Pathan appears to be out and the Royals drift to 3.9, the highest price they were matched on the match odds market. Billy Bowden says "not out" and awards a leg bye.
Rajasthan rebuild their innings and are into evens; successive sixes put the Royals firmly in control and they are 1.5 in the market.
Watson gets out at 107-4 and the Royals are back out to evens from 1.38.
Pathan hits Muralitharan for successive sixes and Rajasthan are back into 1.32.
2 wickets in 2 balls and the Royals are out to 1.7 from 1.25; they need 25 off 18 balls.
Shane Warne hits a boundary off the last ball of the penultimate over and the Royals are trading at 1.35 needing 8 off 6.
The Royals need 6 from 3 to win or 5 from 3 to tie and are 1.6.
Disaster for Chennai as Balaji bowls a wide and concedes a further run off the same delivery; the Royals need 4 off 3 and are 1.2 to get them.
The Royals get 2 off 2 balls and the scores are tied with one ball left. Betfair suspends the market as the Royals can't lose the match. The tied match market comes into the equation and "yes" (match to end in a tie) is backed at a low of 3.
Sohail Tanvir gets a run off the final ball and the Royals win.
Betfair Spokesman James Pacheco said "It was fitting that the final of the inaugural version of the IPL should go to the last ball and it was no surprise to see Shane Warne at the thick of it at the death. The layers were quick to dismiss the Royals' chances and offered odds of 50 about them on Betfair before the tournament started. I'm sure they won't make that mistake again if Warne captains them again next year".
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