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IPL 2016 final, RCB vs SRH as it happened: Warner triumphs over Kohli
Catch the live updates of the IPL 2016 grand finale between RCB and SRH at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru here.
Ben Cutting is the Man of the Match for his all-round effort of 39 not out off 15 balls, as well as figures of 2 for 35.
After 20 overs,Bangalore 200/7 ( Sachin Baby 18 , Iqbal Abdulla 4)
Bhuvi to bowl the final over of IPL 2016! Jordan gets a single off the first. Baby vs Bhuvi now! Two off the next ball, with Baby sending the ball high towards the vacant backward square-leg off a low full-toss. 15 needed off four. OUT! Superb yorker by Bhuvi in the third ball, with Baby sending it towards the keeper and scooting off for a quick single. Jordan however, isn't quick enough, and is caught well short of his crease to depart for 3. Abdulla is the new batsman, and can only get a leg bye in the fourth ball. 14 needed off the last two, and the situation is nearly impossible for Baby now. Unless Bhuvi concedes a wide or a no-ball. Dot off the fifth ball. And Warner is pumped up! FOUR! Baby sends it down towards fine-leg as Sunrisers pull off an 8-run win!
After 19 overs,Bangalore 191/6 ( Sachin Baby 15 , Chris Jordan 2)
OUT! Binny sends the first ball of the penultimate over down towards long-on, and is caught well short of his crease while returning for the second. Made the fatal mistake of looking to his back, and is ultimately run-out despite a dive! Jordan walks out to bat — for the first time this tournament — and miscues it towards deep point. DROPPED! Sran drops the easiest of catches, as Jordan survives first ball, getting a couple instead. Big shout for an lbw in the fourth, with Jordan getting away with a bye. Full-toss off the fifth ball, with Baby sending it down the ground. Warner however, pulls off a superb piece of fielding near the boundary to save four runs for his side! SIX! What a way for Baby to end the over! Lofts the full delivery over long-on to bring RCB back into the game! RCB need 18 off the last six balls, and Bhuvi sure as hell won't look to give anything away!
After 17 overs,Bangalore 172/5 ( Sachin Baby 2 , Stuart Binny 7)
Fizz returns to the attack, and starts off with a terrific yorker! Watson would've been happy to survive the ball. Two off the second, before Watson holes out to Henriques at extra-cover after miscuing an off-cutter from Mustafizur in the third. The Fizz has finally struck, and the dismissal couldn't have come at a better stage! Watson departs for 11 off 9, as the SRH personnel are visibly pumped up at the moment! Binny walks out to the centre, and lofts over the bowler's head for a straight, flat six! What a way for the local boy to get off the mark! Full-toss to end the over, with Binny getting a single to retain strike. 10 off the over, including the wicket of Watson, as RCB need 37 off the last 18 balls.
After 13 overs,Bangalore 141/2 ( AB de Villiers 4 , Lokesh Rahul (W) 1)
Virat Kohli brings up YET ANOTHER FIFTY (his seventh of the tournament along with four centuries) off the second ball of Sran's third over. Comes down the track and sends the ball over the extra-cover fence! Couple off the next two balls, with Kohli and ABD displaying some terrific running between the wickets. BOWLED HIM! Sran, of all the bowlers, gets Kohli's wicket, with the latter advancing down the track, and getting an inside edge onto his stumps! Kohli departs for 54 off 36, falling 27 short of 1,000 runs in the tournament! KL Rahul is the new batsman at the centre, and gets off the mark with a single. RCB need 68 off 42 now.
After 9 overs,Bangalore 100/0 ( Chris Gayle 74 , Virat Kohli (C) 20)
Henriques into his second over. FOUR! Kohli comes down the track, and hammers the ball down towards long-off. The ball lands just short of Warner, before clearing the ropes! Single off the second. SIX! Gayle slices the fourth ball, clearing the long-off rope, before pulling a shorter delivery outside off towards midwicket, with the ball reaching the second tier in the stands. Gayle races to 70 in 33 balls. FOUR! What a way to end the ninth over! Gayle scythes the last ball over cover, with 21 coming off Henriques' 2nd over! Brings up the 100 for RCB, who now need 109 off 66 balls!
After 7 overs,Bangalore 69/0 ( Chris Gayle 51 , Virat Kohli (C) 13)
Henriques introduced into the attack. SIX! Flat hit over long-on to get to his half-century in just 25 balls! Swing and a miss in the second! Single off the third, with Gayle guiding full-toss outside off down towards long-off. Dot off the fourth, before driving through the covers for a couple in the penultimate delivery. Kohli retains strike for the next over, collecting a single off the last. 10 runs off Henriques' first over of the day, as Bangalore need another 140 to win from 78 balls.
After 20 overs,Hyderabad 208/7 ( Ben Cutting 39 , Bhuvneshwar Kumar 1)
Watson to bowl the final over of the innings, with Cutting playing a valuable innings now! FOUR! Full-toss outside wide, and Cutting slices it towards cover point! SIX! Full-toss again, this time along leg, and CUTTING SENDS IT TO THE ROOF OUT OF THE CHINNASWAMY! The ball's disappeared! SIX MORE! 117 metre monster hit! Cutting is starting to cut Watson into pieces! Short one along off, and Cutting smashes this one over wide long-on! Brings up the 200 for SRH! Singles off the next two balls. SIX! Cutting helps SRH finish big at the end of the innings, smashing the last ball over long-off to remain unbeaten on 39 off 15! Cutting has more than made up for Yuvraj's absence, and may have got SRH to a winning total! 24 runs off the final over, with 52 coming off the last three! Watson 0/61 in four overs!
After 19 overs,Hyderabad 184/7 ( Ben Cutting 16 , Bhuvneshwar Kumar 0)
Jordan to bowl his final over of the day. FOUR! After a couple of singles, Jordan bowls a poor delivery — full-toss outside off — which Bopul slices over backward point! OUT! Jordan makes up for his mistake, and gets rid of Bipul with a short one along middle and off, with the latter top-edging to Chahal at midwicket while attempting a pull! Jordan gets his third wicket! Poor stuff from Jordan again, conceding five wides in the fourth ball. FOUR! RCB are leaking too many runs, and are letting go of the momentum. Full-toss outside off, Cutting slices it towads third man! Single to end the over, with 16 coming off it! Jordan finishes with figures of 3/45.
After 18 overs,Hyderabad 168/6 ( Ben Cutting 10 , Bipul Sharma 0)
Watson, who has been quite expensive in the match so far, is introduced in the 18th over, and starts off with two wides along Cutting's leg side. OUT! Big mix-up between Cutting and Ojha, with the latter reaching the half-way mark in the pitch. Watson picks up the ball, and goes bulls-eye in his throw. Ojha, who could have got some quick runs for SRH, departs for 7, as Hyderabad lose their sixth with 158 on board. Bipul Sharma, who has the ability to clear the fence more often than not, walks out to bat. SIX! Full-toss along off from Watson, and Cuttign hoicks it over midwicket! That's a positive sign for the SRH dug-out. FOUR! Full and outside off, Cutting slices the penultimate ball over third man, and is getting valuable runs for his side, now. 12 off Watto's third over.
After 17 overs,Hyderabad 156/5 ( Ben Cutting 0 , Naman Ojha (W) 7)
Jordan into the attack, and starts off with a wide. OUT! MASSIVE BLOW FOR SRH AT THIS STAGE! Yuvraj looks to drive the ball over the covers, but ends up finding Watson's safe hands at cover! Departs for a well-made 38 off 23 — more importantly, fails to stick to the crease right till the end. RCB are back in the game in style! Yuvraj's dismissal could result in a difference of 15-20 runs. Ojha starts off with a boundary, guiding his first ball towards backward point, where the ball beats Kohli. Brings up the 150 for his team in the 17th over. Two quicks runs collected by Ojha off the last ball. Nine runs and the big wicket of Yuvraj for Jordan in the over!
After 14 overs,Hyderabad 127/3 ( Yuvraj Singh 20 , Deepak Hooda 1)
Aravind returns to the attack. Bowls a full-toss in the second, and Warner times his straight drive with perfection, with the ball bouncing out of Jordan's grasp near the boundary! OUT! Aravind removes Warner! The SRH skipper departs for 69 off 38 balls! Looks to drive the short ball outside off through extra-cover. Ends up edging it to Abdulla at short third-man! Huge scalp for RCB! Hooda is the next man to walk out, and gets off the mark instantly. A lot will depend on Yuvraj now. Three runs and a wicket from the over. Meanwhile, Warner's tally in IPL 2016 ends at 848. What an incredible run! Just that he won't get the Orange Cap in the end!
OUT! Henriques departs for just four off five balls and it is Jordan who gets the breakthrough! Back of length outside leg, Henriques attempts to push it towards the leg side. Ends up top-edging it towards midwicket, where Chahal is not one to let go of the chance! SRH 97/2 after 9.5 overs
After 9 overs,Hyderabad 88/1 ( David Warner (C) 52 , Moises Henriques 4)
Chahal in for his second over, and it will be an interesting battle between him and Warner at this stage! FOUR! Quicker one from Chahal outside off, and Warner stretches his arms out, and cuts away towards backward point! His fourth boundary of the innings. Goes for a similar shot in the fourth ball, and a misfield at backward point gives him a couple of runs. FIFTY FOR WARNER! The SRH skipper gets to the mark with a boundary towards extra-cover! Gets there in 24 balls! Warner has led from the front once again! Is there any stopping the man! Bye off the last ball, with a total of 13 runs coming off Chahal's 2nd over.
OUT! RCB finally get the breakthrough, and it is Chahal who delivers for his side yet again! Dhawan goes for a slog sweep towards deep square-leg, not getting the middle of the bat, with Jordan taking a safe catch near the boundary! Dhawan goes for 28 off 25, as SRH lose their first wicket with 63 on board. Henriques walks out.
After 5 overs,Hyderabad 46/0 ( David Warner (C) 24 , Shikhar Dhawan 20)
Watson, RCB's leading wicket-taker alongside Chahal, introduced for the fifth over. SIX! Warner greets fellow Aussie Watson with a powerful slog over deep extra-cover off a full, wide delivery from Watto! Single off the next delivery, guiding the ball towards short third man. SIX MORE! Dhawan now joins Warner in smashing Watson. Similar delivery as the first one, except Dhawan smashes it straight towards long-off! Like Warner, Dhawan too scampers off for a quick single in the following delivery. FOUR! Full and quite a wide one again, and Warner simply stretches his arms, and squeezes over short third man and backward point for a four! SINGLE! Warner completes 800 runs in the ongoing IPL — the second after Kohli — with a single off the last ball. Quite an eventful over, and a bad for RCB, as Watson concedes 19 off it.
RCB XI: Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers , KL Rahul (wk), Shane Watson, Sachin Baby, Stuart Binny, Iqbal Abdulla, Chris Jordan, Sreenath Aravind, Yuzvendra Chahal.
SRH XI: David Warner (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Moises Henriques, Yuvraj Singh, Deepak Hooda, Ben Cutting, Naman Ojha (wk), Bipul Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Barinder Sran, Mustafizur Rahman.
Royal Challengers Bangalore team is unchanged for the final! Sunrisers Hyderabad bring in Mustafizur Rahman in place of Trent Boult!
LIVE NEWS and UPDATES
Warner: Its fantastic team achievement, and overwhelmiong for me. Its been a hard journey for the last two years, but credit to all the other guys. It was a team effort the whole way. We knew we have to get 200 against these giys. What a great leader Kohli is. India's in great hands in the coming years. He has set a benchmark fior all players and batsmen.
Kohli: This was for the people of Bangalore, and we wanted to do it for them. Even in the worst of sesaons, they have come out to support us. Would've certainly loived to be on the other side of the result. Dan mentioned to me we got to 200 and we lost! We went for a few but the wicket was nice. I was real disappointed to get out at that stage. Sometimes luck doesn't go your way. I just want to congratulate the Sunrisers. They deserved this win.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar wins the Purple Cap award for most wickets (23).
Bhuvi: Would like appreaciate the way I picked up in the latter stages. That (the death overs) was the area I was really looking to develop. (On Mustafizur) I've said it before that he is the toughest bowler to hit.
Kohli: Nice incentive for the way we've gone this season, but doesn't feel right for ending up on the other side of the result. Feels nice to have scored more runs than anyone else. Why Sunrisers won was because they have a strong attack. I wanted to contributed with the bat as much as I could. Well I surprised myself there a little bit to be honest (on his four hundreds).
Bengaluru: With just over 24 hours to go for the much-awaited Indian Premier League (IPL) summit clash, all eyes will be on the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengluru which will host the exciting battle between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).
Led by an inspirational Virat Kohli, RCB will be hoping to get the monkey off their back after failing to win in both their previous attempts — 2009 and 2011 — and also relish the opportunity of bagging their maiden IPL trophy in front of a vociferous home crowd.
On the other hand, having managed to reach the play-offs just once in their debut season in 2013, Hyderabad will bank on their bowling prowess and skipper David Warner, who single-handedly pulled off an improbable four-wicket victory against Gujarat Lions in the second qualifier at the Feroze Shah Kotla Stadium on Friday.
Struggling to find consistency in the league phase, Bangalore made a stunning comeback to register five consecutive wins before reaching their third final. RCB dished out five clinical performances to beat the Gujarat Lions (by 144 runs), Kolkata Knight Riders (by 9 wickets), Kings XI Punjab (by 82 runs D/L method), Delhi Daredevils (by 6 wickets) and Gujarat (by 4 wickets) again in the first Qualifier to seal their place in the title clash.
RCB's success story centred around skipper Kohli and AB de Villiers's glorious run with the willow. With 919 runs under his belt, Kohli has amassed four centuries and six fifties in this edition so far to be the highest run-getter while the South African is the third highest scorer in the league with 682 runs, including one century and six half-centuries.
After struggling to strike form in the early stages of the tournament, Kohli's opening partner Chris Gayle has found his touch at the right juncture while young keeper-batsman KL Rahul has been a revelation for the team in this edition.
Despite all-rounder Shane Watson not getting much opportunity to show his prowess with the bat in the 15 matches, the veteran Australian has led the side's weakened bowling unit with 20 wickets so far alongwith young leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal who also has as many wickets but from 12 games. England's Chris Jordan has also joined the party in helping RCB in containing their rivals in the death overs.
Sunday's match would also give RCB an opportunity to avenge their 15-run loss to Sunrisers in the last clash between the two teams.
On the flip side, coming into the final on the back of two high profile wins — first against two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders by 22 runs in the eliminator and then against Lions in the second qualifier, the visitors will go all out to clinch their maiden trophy.
Like their rivals, the visitors have also found an inspiring leader in Warner, who is next to Kohli to be the second highest run-getter with 779 runs from 16 games including eight fifties so far.
Besides Warner, Sunrisers also have the likes of Shikhar Dhawan (473 runs), the experienced Yuvraj Singh, Moises Henriques, Deepak Hooda, Naman Ojha and big-hitting all-rounder Ben Cutting in the batting department.
More than the batting, the side's pace bowling strength has been a challenge for the opposition in this edition.
Despite losing veteran Ashish Nehra midway due to an injury, young pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar is leading the wicket-takers' chart with 23 wickets from 16 games, while Bangladeshi pacer Mustafizur Rahman (16 wickets from 15 matches), has also lived up to his skipper's expectations whenever he has been handed the ball.
Sunrisers will be hoping Rahman turns up fit for Sunday's game after sitting out the second qualifier owing to a hamstring niggle.
Left-arm pacer Barinder Sran has also come of age in the limited opportunities he has had while left-arm spinner Bipul sharma will look to be impressive again in beating the likes of Kohli, Gayle and de Villiers.
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