Throwback: Anil Kumble’s Incredible Spell in IPL 2009 Final

IPL 2009 final

After the successful launch of the first edition of the Indian Premier League, the show resumed in 2009. This time around, the Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Deccan Chargers were the two teams to make it to the final. The former team was led by Anil Kumble, while the latter team was led by Adam Gilchrist. The Australian lifted the trophy, but it was Kumble who drew the headlines with his scintillating spell. He tried his best to win the trophy for his side, but it wasn’t meant to be.

Let’s get into this blog to rewind the IPL 2009 final and Anil Kumble’s sensational spell.


Playing XIs


Here are the playing XIs of both teams for the final:


Royal Challengers Bangalore Playing XI


  1. Jacques Kallis
  2. Manish Pandey
  3. Roelof van der Merwe
  4. Rahul Dravid
  5. Ross Taylor
  6. Virat Kohli
  7. Mark Boucherdagger
  8. Robin Uthappa
  9. Praveen Kumar
  10. Vinay Kumar
  11. Anil Kumble (c)


Deccan Chargers Playing XI


  1. Adam Gilchrist (c)
  2. Herschelle Gibbs
  3. Tirumalasetti Suman
  4. Andrew Symonds
  5. Rohit Sharma
  6. Venugopal Rao
  7. Azhar Bilakhia
  8. Ryan Harris
  9. Pragyan Ojha
  10. Harmeet Singh
  11. R. P. Singh


1st Innings Summary


RCB’s skipper Anil Kumble decided to go for the chase after winning the toss. Kumble decided to open the bowling for his side and got the priced wicket of Adam Gilchrist in the first over. Deccan Chargers‘ captain walked back as his team was yet to open its account. Vinay Kumar got the wicket of Tirumalasetti Suman in the 4th over to reduce the batting team to 18 for 2. Andrew Symonds then scored 33 off 21 to get some momentum in the innings.

RCB needed his wicket to stop the flow of runs. Their skipper rose to the occasion and rattled Symond’s stumps in the 9th over. Then, Rohit Sharma walked out to bat and stitched a 52-run partnership with Herschelle Gibbs. A wicket was badly needed once again for the Challengers, and it was that man yet again. Kumble got Rohit caught for 24 to seize back control. 4 balls later, he dismissed Venugopal Rao for a duck to leave the Chargers at 115 for 5 after 17 overs.

Herschelle Gibbs stood firm at one end and batted the whole 20 overs. He faced 48 balls to score 53 runs with the help of 3 fours and 2 sixes. The last 3 overs went for 28 runs, and RCB were asked to chase 144 runs to win their first IPL trophy. Anil Kumble was the standout performer in the first innings as he bowled one of the all-time great IPL spells. His 4 overs went for just 16 runs, and he bagged 4 crucial wickets. Vinay Kumar also got 2 wickets for 30 runs in his quota of 4 overs.


2nd Innings Summary


The target didn’t look too steep, but the Challengers didn’t get a good start. Jacque Kallis fell after scoring just 15, and his opening partner Manish Pandey followed him for an 8-ball 4. Both the openers were back in the pavilion at the score of 36 after 6.1 overs. Roelof van der Merwe, who came in at #3, decided to take the aggressive route. He plundered 3 sixes and a four in his 21-ball stay to score 32 runs. Just when he was taking the game away from the Chargers, he was stumped on the bowling of Pragyan Ojha.

The wicket resulted in a momentum shift as Rahul Dravid couldn’t get going after that. His struggling innings of 9(13) ended as RCB lost their 4th wicket on the 4th delivery of the 12th over. Ross Taylor scored 27 off 20 to make things easy for his team. At one stage, Bangalore needed 45 more runs off 35 balls with 6 wickets in hand. It seemed that they would cruise to victory, but things took a massive turnaround. Ross Taylor was dismissed by Andrew Symonds, and Virat Kohli followed him next ball.

Mark Boucher and Praveen Kumar also departed soon as RCB got themselves in a shell. They lost 4 wickets for just 11 runs and consumed 14 deliveries. Now, they needed 34 off 20 to get to an unlikely win. Robin Uthappa and Vinay Kumar tried to get close to the target, but the latter fell on the final ball of the penultimate over. With 15 required in the final over, Bangalore could score only 8. They lost the match by 6 runs as a batting collapse crushed their title hopes. Anil Kumble, who bowled a brilliant spell in the first innings, stayed unbeaten at 1*(1). He couldn’t lift the trophy, but his 4 for 16 was indeed the best IPL spell in a losing cause.

IPL 2009 Champions

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Here’s the scorecard of the IPL 2009 final:


Deccan Chargers Innings


Batsman   RunsBallsStrike Rate4s6s
Adam Gilchrist 03000
Herschelle Gibbs5348110.4132
Tirumalasetti Suman101190.910
Andrew Symonds3321157.1441
Rohit Sharma2423104.3411
Venugopal Rao02000
Azhar Bilakhia6785.7100
Ryan Harris9518000


Bowler OversRunsWicketsEconomy Rate
Ryan Harris43418.5
RP Singh41614
Andrew Symonds31826
Pragyan Ojha42837
Harmeet Singh42325.75
Rohit Sharma1909


Royal Challengers Bangalore Innings


BatsmanRunsBallsStrike Rate4s6s
Jacques Kallis151788.2330
Manish Pandey485000
Roelof van der Merwe3221152.3813
Rahul Dravid91369.2300
Ross Taylor272013531
Virat Kohli7887.510
Mark Boucher †5683.3310
Robin Uthappa1715113.3301
Praveen Kumar2366.6600
Vinay Kumar8810010
Anil Kumble (c)1110000


BowlerOversRunsWicketsEconomy Rate
Anil Kumble41644
Praveen Kumar443010.75
Jacques Kallis42406
Vinay Kumar43027.5
Roelof van der Merwe42807

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