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

Vettori credits Warner for 'brave' decision at toss

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'Sunrisers were in the final because of their bowling' - Vettori

Royal Challengers Bangalore coach Daniel Vettori said David Warner's decision to bat upon winning the toss at M Chinnaswamy Stadium was a "brave" one considering the history of chasing teams winning at the venue. He also praised Sunrisers Hyderabad's bowling strength as the key to their becoming IPL champions.

Warner has said in previous press conferences that he liked putting a score on the board in knockout scenarios. But Vettori felt that call may have been made as a result of the last pitch that was used in Bangalore, which was so slow and grippy that 158 could have been defended.

"We were [surprised by the toss]," Vettori said. "I'm sure they looked at the conditions from the last game and expected something similar. There was no dew and it was probably a little bit slower, the wicket against Gujarat [Lions]. You could see the bowlers were able to exploit that a little bit, particularly early on in both teams' innings whereas this pitch was probably drier and like I said the dew later on made it an even better wicket. So it was a really brave decision, but obviously one that paid off for them in the end."

At the halfway mark on Sunday, with 209 to chase, and a bit of dew gathering on the outfield, the chasing team seemed to have the upper hand. Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli smashed half-centuries to knock off more than half the target without the loss of a single wicket. Sunrisers were searching for answers and Royal Challengers had gained belief.

"We've proved over the course of the tournament that we can score those sorts of runs here at Chinnaswamy," Vettori said. "It's a ground that's good for chasing. The wicket is very good, there was probably a little bit of dew that came on and that start that we got off to allowed us to have some confidence of being able to do that."

But between the 10th and the 15th overs, Sunrisers dismissed Gayle, Kohli and AB de Villiers to regain hold of the match.

"In any IPL game, there's critical moments and in any IPL team there are some really good players. Just when we required a couple of guys to kick on, we weren't able to get that momentum that Chris and Virat established for us," Vettori said. "I think Sunrisers grabbed those opportunities and got wickets at crucial times but we obviously believed we could go on the whole way but we weren't able to finish it off."

That Royal Challengers were unable to do so was because Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mustafizur Rahman rammed in pinpoint yorkers and confused batsmen with masterful cutters. It also helped that Ben Cutting's cameo, when he struck four sixes and three fours in an unbeaten 15-ball 39, had pushed the target above 200.

"We recognised that the main reason Sunrisers were in the final was how well they bowled, particularly at the back end," Vettori said, "And Mustafizur again proved how valuable he is and Ben Cutting along with his batting, which was probably decisive, if you look at the overall scheme of things, got some crucial wickets to put us on the back foot, so Sunrisers were one of the best teams through the round-robin [stages] and they proved today why they're champions."

When asked about how his own team was faring, Vettori said, "Obviously the mood is very down at the moment. At some stage we will reflect on the tournament and obviously be proud of a lot of things that we did to come from near the bottom to qualifying for the final, but I suppose the reflection around the actual performance is difficult to worry about this moment because there is nothing to plan for. It's just the mood in the camp is pretty disappointed, but like I said, there's a number of things to be happy with."

Alagappan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Fan1969 on May 31, 2016, 0:56 GMT

    One of the better IPL finals that was close till the last over. This IPL will be remembered for Virat, ABD versus Warner show in 2016. I thought RCB should have selected Sarfaraz for this game to at least put a doubt in Bhuvi's mind. Maybe Warner then would have kept just one over at the end for Bhuvi, who conceded 28 in an over to Sarfaraz in Bangalore.

    While much is being said about the SRH bowlers but we all know that even after Virat and ABD were out, the remaining RCB batting should have got 60 in 6 overs. It was just 1-2 shots and a few sixes were hit after 14th over so it was more mishits that caused the downfall. RCB just snatched defeat from victory. Rahul, Watto, Binny and Baby with Abdullah should have got it. Congrats to SRH but I still think RCB gave it away in the end by causing hara kiri.

  • LowBouncer on May 30, 2016, 13:45 GMT

    @NCP1 One could argue that RCB were the luckier team to even make a contest of it. Virat survived 2 extremely tough chances to Warner (on 15 at the time) and Fizz (on 31). Could've been a completely different game had one of those carried and we all know what one wicket brings to SRH ... a bunch more.

  •   Venkatesh Venkatesh on May 30, 2016, 10:22 GMT

    Warner led his team from the front and showed that captain is the guide for the team . SRH was not dependent on any batsman's even when they have lot of limitations they bowled well and fielded well thought out the tournament .In finals they have put very commending total on the board of course ground's is smaller but their bowlers bowled to the field almost every ball barring one they never panicked even when there was a time even this total was in danger and every body contributed to teams success .On the other hand RCB was dependent on top three batsman when they wilt under pressure rest showed their back and bowling was so horrible they leaked so many runs in last four overs and fielding was just awful . Special price should go Ben Cutting for his wonderful performance and deserves man of the match award he out smarted his follow Australian labelled all rounder Moises Henriques who had terrible time here it is better not pick him next season . SRH deserves to win trophy

  • SupportTestCricket on May 30, 2016, 7:42 GMT

    There was no mystery to Warner's decision to bat first. RCB think tank should not have been surprised. The way to go was to put as many runs as possible on the board and then trust your bowlers, your stronger suit, to deliver for you. Imagine a scenario if RCB had batted first and went on to score the same number of runs or even a little less. It would have been very difficult to chase it down as Warner very well knew, that, apart from himself he could not depend on any of the other batsmen to go all the way. He was proven right. SRH also reached over 200 as RCB's bowling attack was one of the weakest in the tournament.

  • prash813 on May 30, 2016, 7:05 GMT

    It is heartening to see SRH, the team who is the most tried and tested through out IPL 2016 winning the trophy. So it has once again proved in IPL that the team who battles the most goes onto win the game. unlike RCB, SRH reached to the final because of good performances from all the players at some point during the tournament.

  • bleed_blue007 on May 30, 2016, 6:25 GMT

    Congratulations to both SRH & RCB for reaching to final and played such a great game. The good thing about this SRH is they have now convinced people and team owners that T20 is not only batters game. You win games with your bowling most of the times.

  • ziaul8404 on May 30, 2016, 5:32 GMT

    RCB had chance to get Fizz from the auction , but they thought Starc will alone be good enough to get the job done, never thought of his fitness or injury, why will not they get Fizz at any cost as standby of Starc???? if they would get him, im sure Kohli would be the winning captain.

  • cooljack_143 on May 30, 2016, 3:39 GMT

    Both teams can hold their heads high. Indintvthubk anyone have both teams a chance. Stardom teams like MI KKR GL RPSG were on the radar all the time. RCB didn't have good bowling & Subrisers didn't have good batting , but both teams punched beyond their weight to come play finals . That says bounds of character for both. Winning at a trot for RCB and SRH last 3 play offs. Well done. Cricket fan is thoroughly entertained. Best IPL ever--sure it is.

  • NCP1 on May 30, 2016, 3:21 GMT

    It was a great final, SRH were lucky to be on a winning side considering how Gayle and Virat started. SRH played well with bowling, batting & fielding and deserve to win. This game was very close with no advantage of toss. Warner's captaincy was good throughout the tournament, cool and calm head. May be Warner's batting first had lot to do with how RCB has been batting lately with huge score of 200+ and he wanted to avoid pressure of score board. Congratulations to SRH.

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