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Fairytale sticks to the script

No one does a fairytale finish quite like Shane Warne.

The man nicknamed Hollywood produced his latest memorable role in Mumbai at the home of Bollywood.

Warne led the Rajasthan Royals to the Indian Premier League title.

Some 17 months after he farewelled the international arena, Warne shone brightest in a form of the game seemingly tailor-made for the great entertainer.

The captain-coach was at the non-striker's end for the dramatic last ball of the final against the Chennai Super Kings and charged up the other end as Sohail Tanvir struck the winning runs.

Warne was mobbed by his Rajasthan teammates at the Wankhede Stadium after the thrilling three-wicket victory.

He contributed an unbeaten nine from as many balls as the Royals reached 7-164 in reply to Chennai's 5-163.

A half century by Yusuf Pathan (56 off 39 balls) which included four huge sixes put the Royals on the path to victory. Pathan combined with all-rounder Shane Watson (28 off 19) for a 65-run fourth wicket stand.

Pathan claimed the man of the match award, picking up 3-22 with the ball to help restrict Chennai to a reasonable target after Warne won the toss and elected to field.

Watson was named as the IPL player of the series and Shaun Marsh the leading run-maker but the tournament will be remembered for the 38-year-old leg-spinner.

Warne is a gifted leader and he displayed all of his abilities to guide his lowly-rated side to the IPL crown.

"I'm getting a bit old for those close finishes," he said.

"To get down to the last ball of the final, I don't think a script writer could have written it any better."

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