The ongoing nationwide lockdown due to coronavirus prompted the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to postpone the much-anticipated Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) season until further notice. However, recent circulating reports suggest that with the continuous outbreak of the highly contagious disease, the IPL 2020 is likely to face an overall cancellation this year. As cricketers and Indian citizens continue to stay indoors, we take a look back at one of the classic IPL encounters that date back to its inaugural edition (2008).
The IPL 2008 was the inaugural edition of what turned out to be one of the most popular franchise-based tournaments in sporting history. Underdogs Rajasthan Royals qualified for the final after upstaging several tournament-favourites throughout the league stage. Meanwhile, under the spirited leadership of MS Dhoni, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) also qualified for the final showdown.
In the final, Rajasthan Royals won the toss and chose to field first. CSK batted throughout 20 overs and posted a competitive total of 163-5. Suresh Raina top-scored with 43 and MS Dhoni provided a late flurry with a 17-ball 29*. In response, Rajasthan Royals overhauled the target in their last ball to cap off a thrilling-final contest. On the back of Yusuf Pathan’s 56 and Sohail Tanvir’s winning hit, Rajasthan Royals defeated CSK by 3 wickets and lifted the inaugural IPL trophy.
Before the IPL 2020 was delayed by the BCCI, CSK were scheduled to face Mumbai Indians on March 29 in the opening match of the tournament. Meanwhile, the Rajasthan Royals were slated to commence their IPL 2020 campaign with a match against familiar foes CSK on April 2. As coronavirus threat continues to cause a nationwide lockdown, IPL 2020 is likely to face further delays or an overall cancellation this season.