Royal Challengers Bangalore v Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL 2016, final, Bangalore May 29, 2016

Sunrisers choke RCB chase to seal first title

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Sunrisers Hyderabad 208 for 7 (Warner 69, Cutting 39*, Jordan 3-45) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 200 for 7 (Gayle 76, Kohli 54, Cutting 2-35) by eight runs
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Ben Cutting scored an unbeaten 39 off 15 balls and took the wickets of Chris Gayle and KL Rahul © AFP

In their first IPL final, Sunrisers Hyderabad showed their intent early by opting to bat against Royal Challengers Bangalore at a venue where tall scores have been chased down nonchalantly. David Warner, their captain, top-scored with a 38-ball 69, before Ben Cutting finished the innings with an unbeaten 15-ball 39 to help them post 208 for 7. Eventually, however, it was Sunrisers' bowling attack, the best in the tournament, that delivered their maiden IPL title with an eight-run win at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Royal Challengers had passed 200 three times previously at home this season and there was no reason why they could not do so again on Sunday, except the pressure of chasing in a final. It did not affect Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli, though, as the opening pair wiped out 114 in 10.3 overs. Gayle alone contributed 76, with four fours and eight sixes. Sunrisers' attack was under pressure, but they clinically applied the brakes after Gayle's wicket.

Even with Gayle, Kohli and AB de Villiers dismissed, 47 off 24 balls was still within reach. Shane Watson, Stuart Binny and Sachin Baby had to contend with two threats. One was Mustafizur Rahman's cutters, delivered with unfailing accuracy after a rough second over in which Kohli took him apart. The reward for his persistence was the wicket of Watson, who miscued a slog to cover. Bhuvneshwar Kumar then delivered four successive yorkers in the 18th over, leaving the hosts 30 to get off the last two overs. Then, with 18 to defend off the final over, he once again held his composure.

Shane Watson had a rare off day with the ball. He fed the batsmen an assortment of hittable deliveries - short, wide and full - to concede 61 off four wicketless overs, including 24 in his last over, the 20th of the Sunrisers innings.

Royal Challengers, however, had their batting guns. With only one fifty in nine innings leading up to the final, there were question marks over Gayle, but he was unperturbed, launching Barinder Sran for three sixes in his first two overs and lifting Royal Challengers to 42 for 0 after four.

Gayle brought up his half-century with another six, off Moises Henriques at the start of the seventh over, getting there in 25 balls. His rate of scoring gave Kohli the space to overcome a patchy start that brought him only one four in his first 18 balls, that too off a thick outside edge. Then an inside-out hit over the infield nearly carried to a diving Warner at long-off. Gayle finished that over, bowled by Henriques, with two sixes and a four raised Royal Challengers' 100 in nine overs.

Warner brought back Mustafizur in the 10th over, and Kohli finally got going, squeezing him past cover for four and then lofting him over the long-off boundary. With the asking rate under control, Gayle tactfully rotated the strike. Royal Challengers were cruising.

Then came the turbulence: Gayle, Kohli and de Villiers fell in the space of 20 balls, and Royal Challengers slipped to 148 for 3. They needed 61 off 37 and they needed Watson to make up for his lapses with the ball. He swatted Henriques for six over long-on, but his dismissal in the 17th over, immediately following that of KL Rahul, left Royal Challengers with too much to do in too little time.

The platform for Sunrisers' win was set by Warner. With Kohli employing a deep point to block his cut, the Sunrisers captain brought out the straight lofted hits. When the ball was not in his half, he was happy to back away to open up the off side or carve the ball behind square. The result was eight fours and three sixes for his ninth fifty of the tournament, which he ended as its second-highest run-getter.

Yuzvendra Chahal bowled more floaters than legspinners to Warner, but they skidded on and ended up giving the batsman hitting room. Warner used that room to cut him for two fours in the ninth over to bring up his fifty off only 24 balls, equalling the record for the fastest half-century in an IPL final. As his innings progressed, he was not afraid to walk across the stumps, and use the depth of the crease to get underneath full deliveries.

Yuvraj Singh, who came in at 97 for 2 in the 10th over, sustained Sunrisers' momentum. He got going with a punchy off-drive off Watson, and then flicked Chris Jordan for six behind square. The swagger and the the free-flowing bat swing were back. With four fours and two sixes, he raced to 38 and before he fell to Jordan's slower ball. Yuvraj's dismissal came in the 17th over, soon after those of Warner and Deepak Hooda. At 148 for 5, it looked like Royal Challengers could reel back Sunrisers in the slog.

Cutting ensured that wouldn't happen. He stayed deep in the crease, shortening the length of attempted yorkers, and clobbered the low full-tosses and half-volleys. Batting on 16 off 10 at the start of the final over, he hit Watson for 4, 6, 6 and 1 before coming back on strike for the final ball of the over, which he launched high over long-off. That over went for 24 and proved match-turning: playing their third final, Royal Challengers lost for the third time.

Shashank Kishore is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  •   Maneesha Gamage on June 1, 2016, 0:46 GMT

    @BANGLABABUMOSAY :In both WC2011 and Champions trophy the leading runs scores for India are Sachin and Dawan. Latter situation where Kholi scored 693 India lost the test series 2-0 to Australia.

  • mukesh on May 31, 2016, 16:57 GMT

    SRH did it more like Australian way than Indian way. Like all traditional OZ teams which toured India in summer. SRH had a battery of pace bowlers. With cutters and slower balls sticking to well dried Indian pitches. Major missing point of spinner was not felt cos of turning slower balls from these medium pacers. Yuvi is more than capable bowler in these conditions. A big wobbling list of allrounders who on there day can hit leather out of park is a making of interesting team composition. MH,Yuvi, Hooda, Cutting , Bipul n Naman they form that wobbling middle order but all of them can hit out most balls !!

  • Steve on May 31, 2016, 13:45 GMT

    RCB choked in the most crucial match of the tournament. ABD, the 2nd best player in the team comes from where? Looks like the words choking and SA are synonymous.

  • cguy653048422 on May 31, 2016, 13:00 GMT

    Sunrisers the deserved champions consistent throught i was saying the same thing throughout the season that bowlers win you tournaments and finally it is proved once again thanks to SRH for doing that and not at all sad take that rcb fans you deserve this for not even giving a minimum respect to the opponets and boasting yourself even before the match started that you guys are the champions

  • Ashoke on May 31, 2016, 4:53 GMT

    Kohlis captaincy was questionable. Why he did not give the ball to Binny an over or two. That would have saved Watson going blue in the last over.

  •   Cricinfouser on May 31, 2016, 4:22 GMT

    BHUVI emerged as a new bowler this ipl

  • cool on May 30, 2016, 21:51 GMT

    SRH in space of just 5 days, win 3 crunch games to take a maiden title home. Never has this happened in IPL history, says leaps & bounds of the man called Warner, who outshone Virat Kohli , in his own backyard . Phenomenal effort by the team Sunrisers

  •   Chandran Tcp on May 30, 2016, 19:30 GMT

    RCB was the favorite to win. But Kohli seems to have made some wrong moves, bowling Gayle ahead of Chahal and Watson ahead of Jordan and not bowling Abdulla's full quota.

  •   Cricinfouser on May 30, 2016, 18:49 GMT

    Give fizz some extra dollar. The money he was bought did not look like him but thanks to srh that showed interest for him otherwise he would miss the least money he has now.

  • Rithvik Vallala on May 30, 2016, 17:35 GMT

    Now the question is who SRH should retain for next year and i heard that you could retain 7 so it is simple: warner , dhawan, yuvraj(got him for a great price cheapest in a while and this was his best ipl), cutting(bowling was great and batting an added bonus felt has was 2x russel),nehra(great player, injury plagued season), bhuvi & fizz(any arguement?). also buy back sran he is an international and is bowling well or go for high price indian spinner must be quality wouldn't mind a great deal like fizz. candidate could be kuldeep yadav. need to reconstruct middle order which was better than most people said but could use some improvement. along with the power hitting maybe take a middle order batsmen along the lines of root,smith,pietersen. also take another power hitter hooda was ok but not worth retaining.