Sunrisers Hyderabad beat RCB to become IPL 2016 champions
David Warner and Ben Cutting played pivotal roles in propelling Hyderabad to 208. This is SRH's first-time IPL glory.
Sunrisers Hyderabad crowned Indian Premier League 2016 Champions after beating Royal Challengers Bangalore, by eight runs, in the final of the ninth edition of the tournament on Sunday at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.
Earlier, Sunrisers Hyderabad set a formidable target of 209 runs for Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Propelled by captain David Warner (69), Ben Cutting (39) and Yuvraj Singh (38), Surisers scored 208/7 in 20 overs.
Windies master-blaster Chris Gayle was the top scorer for RCB with a blistering 76, that included eight 6s and four 4s.
RCB skipper Virat Kohli gave another impressive performance with his 54 off 35 balls.
In the end, Kohli's boys could only manage to score 200/7 in 20 overs, making this SRH's first-time IPL glory.
Cutting gave an all-round performance tonight, with the ball and bat, taking two wickets in his allotted four overs. He also hit 39 off 15 balls to take his team beyond 200.
Opening the innings with Shikar Dhawan, Warner started off slowly but then began scoring quick runs in a 38-ball-69, which included eight fours and three sixes.
Dhawan (28) and Warner played carefully, saving wickets until the seventh over when Dhawan got out to a long sweep shot at the boundary line, caught by Chris Jordan off Yuzvendra Chalal, and Warner, who had frustrated RCB for a long time, gave a simple catch straight to Kohli in the 14th over off Sreenath Arvind.
They posted a 69 run partnership off 40 balls to lay the foundation of the big score after Warner won the toss and chose to bat first.
Though Deepak Hooda (3), Moises Henriques (4) and Naman Ojha failed with the bat, big hitting Yuvraj Singh and Cutting rose to the occasion in the middle and final overs respectively.
With four fours and two sixes, Yuvraj looked set for a big score, until he was caught by Watson off Chris Jordan.
It was however Cutting who gave nightmare moments to Royal Challengers in the final overs, when he smashed 39 runs which included four sixes and three fours of just 15 balls.
In the last over off Watson, Cutting plundered 24 runs, hitting three sixes and a four. One of his huge sixes went over the roof, needing a new ball to be brought in.
Though Royal Challengers looked good with the ball in the beginning, they gave away too many runs in the final overs. In the last 42 balls, RCB leaked 82 runs while claiming five wickets.
Aravind produced the best bowling with 2/30 while Jordan claimed three wickets but proved costly with an economy rate of 11.25.
Chahal (1/35) was the only other bowler to claim a wicket with the Royal Challengers gave away 20 extras.
(With inputs from IANS)
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