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208 Sunrisers Hyderabad’s total – highest in an IPL final. Chennai Super Kings had made 205/5 also against Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2011. 408 Runs scored in the match – highest run aggregate in an IPL final. The 2014 final between Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders had seen 399 runs being scored in the match. 61 Runs conceded by Shane Watson in the match – worst figures for any bowler in an IPL final. Kings XI Punjab’s Karanveer Singh had conceded 54 runs in his four overs against Kolkata Knight Riders in 2014. Karanveer had the consolation of picking up four wickets though. 13 Number of dot balls bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the match.
8 Number of century stands for the pair of Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli – most for any pair in the IPL. Kohli- AB de Villiers pair has seven century stands. 36 Number of times David Warner has top-scored for his team in the IPL - joint-most for any batsman in the IPL with Gautam Gambhir and Rohit Sharma. 251 Number of sixes hit by Chris Gayle in the IPL – first to reach the 250 sixes mark. Rohit Sharma is a distant second with 163 sixes. 1 Chris Gayle became the first batsman in T20 cricket to aggregate 9000 runs. No one else has managed even 7000 runs.
69 David Warner’s score – highest by a captain in an IPL final. MS Dhoni had made an unbeaten 63 in the 2013 final. Warner’s innings was also the highest for a player in his 100th IPL match, obliterating Murali Vijay’s 59. 24 Number of balls taken by David Warner to race to his fifty – joint-fastest in an IPL final. Suresh Raina had also taken 24 balls for his fifty in the 2010 final. 7 Number of fifties Warner has scored in as many matches for Sunrisers Hyderabad against Royal Challengers Bangalore. 4 Number of overseas player to play 100 IPL matches. David Warner joined AB de Villiers, Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo. 4110 Runs scored by Virat Kohli in the IPL – most by any batsman. He went ahead of Suresh Raina’s tally of 4098 runs. 3 Number of times Royal Challengers Bangalore have reached the IPL final without winning it even once. 2 Number of overseas players to win Player of the Match award in an IPL final. Ben Cutting joined Kieron Pollard (2013) in doing so.
After a month and a half of non-stop cricketing action, it all boils down to this - the grand finale of the 2016 edition of the Indian Premier League. Eight teams started their journey in pursuit of the coveted trophy and after some nervewracking moments, thrillers and evenly fought contests, it is the Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad who will walk out on Sunday night at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium to clash for top honours.
Both teams have a few similarities. Both captains are amongst the runs, both have led by example and both have been one of the prime reasons for their team’s success and entry into the final. There is much hype surrounding the big day. Be rest assured to see a wave of red on Sunday night and no prices for guessing which team is going to get the loudest of cheers. Captain Kohli acknowledged the fact that the fans have had a huge role in their team’s campaign and thanked them for their relentless support come what may. “We have made it to two finals, but we couldn't cross the line. But, this one is for the fans. In a stadium where the atmosphere has always been electric, tomorrow is going to be even more special for them,” Virat said. “As cricketers, we understand that the energy that fans bring makes a massive difference in coming back from difficult situations. We have given them joy, and they have helped us pull through difficult situations. Tomorrow is a special occasion for us, but more so for the people of Bangalore who will come to watch the match.”
Sunday night won’t be special for just one team. Their opposition Sunrisers too will be playing in a final for the very first time and they would be looking to go all out eyeing the title. It is going to be an occasion of RCB’s batting against the Sunrisers’ bowling might. Virat held the opposition in high regard. “We felt SRH was one of the most balanced teams before the tournament started and that's why they have reached the final. Their bowlers have the ability to restrict a side to 150. They have a good batting line-up as well with David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan at the top who have got runs in the middle period of the tournament. Yuvraj has come really good in the last few games for them and so has Moisés Henriques who has been contributing well. It takes contributions from everyone for a team to reach the final.”
RCB have had a few days off and a couple of practice sessions after their win in the first playoff game against Gujarat Lions. The cooling off period has helped the team to regain focus for the final, believed Virat. “We've had quite a long run before the last game that we played - we have had a lot of back-to-back games. In that regard, getting a few days off was a good thing for our players to get fresh before getting back into the practice sessions.
“Sometimes you need to get back into the zone through practice sessions as a team, because you can tend to get complacent once you're in the final. So we understood the importance of the two practice sessions - the intensity was good, especially for the team to come together before a big game and actually execute the plans that we want to take in. I felt that it was a good time to prepare, and to get the right sort of momentum going into a big game like the final tomorrow. We will back our strengths . We were able to turn things around and are in the final because we did not focus much on the other teams. We had sat down and decided to back our abilities and play to our strengths irrespective of the opponents. We played with that mindset for the last 4-5 matches and that's the reason why we could change the situation for ourselves.”
Virat also said it was important for the team to maintain composure before the all important final. “One word that comes to mind is composure. It’s very similar to being in a pressure situation while you are batting or bowling. What you require is composure. On occasions like this, where it starts is in the change room. How you look at the atmosphere out there on the ground, how excited or nervous you get, whether your heart rate is shooting up before you even start warm-ups, all those things are very important for a person to understand. You just need to try and be as normal as possible about things.
“Whether you win or whether you lose, that will not stay. Just to stay away from that. Be attached yet be detached, it’s a classic example of that saying where you want to win, but at the same time you are not so attached to it that you are cursing yourself or being too hard on yourself. At the same time, if you win, you must enjoy with your teammates, you must enjoy the occasion but understand that that’s not the end of everything. The juggernaut doesn’t stop rolling there, you still have to keep working hard in any of the games you play afterwards.”