After 1 and a half month of hard fought cricket, the all-deciding crunch finale was played between the Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Sunrisers Hyderabad – Virat Kohli vs David Warner, battle of 2 aggressive captains who’ve single handedly outperformed their opponents in the tournament with each of them having 800+ runs in the tournament.

Royal Challenger Bangalore vs Sunrisers Hyderabad
Date 29 May 2016
Venue M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
200/7 (20)   208/7 (20)
Sunrisers won by 8 runs

In the all-important match, the crucial toss went in favor of the Hyderabad team who opposed to the strong batting unit of RCB which makes them a strong chasing side still made them chase, with Hyderabad relying on their bowlers to win them the match. Only Hyderabad made one change to their line-up, with Mustafizur returning in place of Trent Boult.

If Sunrisers Hyderabad were to do well in this final, they needed Warner to come big in this big match and they got exactly that. Hyderabad was off to a flyer with 63 in 6.4 overs at the stroke of which Dhawan lost his wicket after a 25 ball 28.

Unappalled by Dhawan’s wicket, Warner fearlessly went after the RCB bowlers – with his naturally aggressive game giving Hyderabad acceleration in terms of run making and even though they lost another wicket that of Henriques who went for just 4, the Warner show was unstoppable.

After making an incredible 69 in the final, Warner fell to Aravind but he had perhaps done justice to his team who relied heavily on him to fire and the 38 ball 69 gave Hyderabad just the platform to fire from. Yuvraj Singh took the innings forward with a 23 ball 38 but the real innings clincher was Ben Cutting.

Cutting initially looked horribly out of sync missing 3 straight balls from Watson, unable to complete even a run; which resulted in Naman Ojha’s run out. But, making up for the run out; Cuttings made a 15 ball 39 which included a 119M six over the leg side – HUMOUNGOUS. This incredible striking guided Hyderabad to 208 for 7 after 20 overs.

Chasing the score of 208 is never easy, more so in a final where the pressure to perform is immense. But, for an individual in Chris Gayle it hardly takes 4-5 overs to take the game away from the opposition and while Gayle is usually criticized for not firing in crunch games; today was just the day for him – successfully fulfilling the role of an aggressor with a 38 ball 76 which included 4 fours and 8 sixes – at the strike rate of 200.

Once Gayle went out for 76 in 38, the competitiveness returned in the match because while Gayle was at the crease, he was making it look like a one-sided affair with 114 in 10 overs. After Gayle’s wicket, the pendulum started swinging Hyderabad’s way with Kohli falling for 35 ball 54 –  falling short of 1000 runs in a single IPL season, it’s still been an incredible season for Kohli.

Villiers 5, Rahul and Watson’s 11 and Sachin Baby’s 18 off 10 still fell short of the target by 8 runs, the courtesy of which goes to well disguised slower balls from Mustafizur and disciplined show of line and length from Bhuvaneshwar Kumar gave Hyderabad an incredible victory in the final, which at one time looked like easily going in favor of RCB but they fought back and seized the trophy – a true show of character from Hyderabad unit.

Some key awards from the IPL

  • Most runs : Virat Kohli,
  • Most wickets : Bhuvaneshwar Kumar,
  • Emerging Player : Mustafizur Rahman,
  • MVP of the tournament : Virat Kohli

RCB vs SRH Squads for 29 May 2016 Final Match

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Virat Kohli (C), Varun Aaron, Abu Nechim, Sreenath Aravind, Samuel Badree, Stuart Binny, Yuzvendra Chahal, AB de Villiers (W), Praveen Dubey, Chris Gayle, Travis Head, Iqbal Abdulla, Kedar Jadhav, Akshay Karnewar, Sarfaraz Khan, Vikramjeet Malik, Mandeep Singh, Adam Milne, Harshal Patel, Lokesh Rahul, Parveez Rasool, Kane Richardson, Sachin Baby, Mitchell Starc, Vikas Tokas, Shane Watson, David Wiese, Tabraiz Shamsi, Chris Jordan

Sunrisers Hyderabad

David Warner (C), Ashish Reddy, Ricky Bhui, Bipul Sharma, Trent Boult, Ben Cutting, Shikhar Dhawan, Moises Henriques, Deepak Hooda, Siddarth Kaul, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Abhimanyu Mithun, Eoin Morgan, Mustafizur Rahman, Ashish Nehra, Naman Ojha (W), Vijay Shankar, Karn Sharma, Barinder Sran, Tirumalasetti Suman, Aditya Tare, Kane Williamson, Yuvraj Singh

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