BENGALURU: Well dubbed as the contest between Sunrisers bowling and the RCB’s mighty batting, it was a battle to describe how a perfect final should be. In a high-chasing game, the accurate SRH bowlers have eventually succeeded in stopping the mighty RCB batting line-up just short of 8 runs to lift the maiden IPL trophy – in their third season of the IPL tournament.
Given the fact that the final match was scheduled in Bengaluru and that the home team was the first to confirm a final berth straight away after winning the first Qualifier match against Gujarat Lions, a massive crowd has gathered at the Chinnaswamy Stadium to cheer up the home team. The crowd attendance was close to 34,000 with everyone anticipating an RCB win, knowing the nature of the Bengaluru pitch – which by far assists the batsmen.
Having won the toss, David Warner, the skipper of SRH has taken a bold decision to bat first. It must be noted that most of the wins in this year’s IPL have come only through chases. Warner believed in his bowling line-up.
Batting first, Sunrisers have started on a good note with openers Shikhar Dhawan (28) and David Warner (69) posting 59 runs in the powerplay overs, without losing a wicket. Though Shikhar Dhawan fell to Srinath Aravind (2/30) in the 7th over, Warner made sure that the momentum is not lost by continuing his aggressive play.
200 plus was always on cards until David Warner got out at a team score of 125/2, in the 14th over. Consequentially, the runrate of the SRH began to drop but thanks to Yuvraj Singh who had played the role of an anchor to accelerate the innings. However, SRH have failed to build partnerships in the middle as Deepak Hooda and Naman Ojha departed in quick succession after Yuvraj Sigh (38). The TV screen projected a score between 175-180 as the target for RCB, as half of the SRH batsmen have returned to their dug out with three over left.
Here came the superman for Sunrisers, Ben Cuttings, the all-rounder has survived till the last ball and banged 4 sixes and 3 fours in the slog overs to give SRH a competing total of 208 runs. Had Ben Cuttings not played the cameo, SRH would not have been in the contest right from the start of the Bangalore’s chase.
In return, the Royal Challengers Bangalore have started off with a mind-blowing opening partnership of 114 runs between Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli. The match seemed one-sided and probably looked like being finished well in advance given the fact that Chris Gayle has been playing his style of knock. But, things have gradually started changing in the 10th over when Ben Cutting gave SRH the much need break through. Gayle walked to the pavilion after causing the unrepairable damage scoring 76 off 38 balls.
Things paced up when young Barinder Sran bowled Virat Kohli, the big man for RCB in the 13th over. Still, the match was completely in the hands of the RCB as it was AB de villiers at the crease – the man who has guided RCB to the final spot. But, unluckily for Abe and fortunately to the SRH, the mighty man has immediately followed Virat and has managed to score to just 5 runs!. SRH were back into the game at this point!!
As the situation seemed critical, the Onus was now on Shane Watson to carry the innings forward. He looked good by hitting a six, but the accuracy of Mustafizur sent him to the pavilion in the 17th over. Sunrisers have just doubled their chances of winning the contest at this point. The death specialists duo of Mustafizur and Bhuvaneswar Kumar made it sure that there were no easy runs till the end. Eventually, SUNRISERS HYDERABAD WERE CROWNED THE VIVO IPL CHAMPIONS 2016!!!
Emotions rolled out from both the sides. It was a contest, which describes what a final match should be. Of course, Virat Kohli was the man of the series for his sublime form through out the tournament with four consecutive hundreds. Ben Cuttings was judged the man of the match for his most crucial cameo with bat and taking those much needed wickets of Chris Gayle and KL Rahul with ball. Also, the Fizzy, Mustafizur Rehman was awarded the ‘Emerging Player of the season’ for his fabulous performance especially at the death overs. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar was the purple cap winner of the IPL 2016, for scalping 23 wickets.