25 May 2009

Deccan win IPL final

8:24 am on 25 May 2009

The Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds led the Deccan Chargers to a six-run victory over the Bangalore Royal Challengers in the Indian Premier League Twenty20 final at the Wanderers in Johannesburg.

Symonds, who has not been included in the Australia team to defend the Ashes in England this year, boosted the Chargers' innings with 33 from 21 balls.

South Africa one-day opener Herschelle Gibbs batted through the innings to score 53 not out in the Chargers' 143 for six.

Promising South African all-rounder Roelof van der Merwe (32) and New Zealander Ross Taylor (27) mounted a spirited response before Symonds took two wickets with two balls and Bangalore finished on 137 for nine.

Scott Styris is a part of the Deccan squad but didn't play the final.