Sunrisers leave Bangalore with a mountain to climb

Hyderabad skipper David Warner hits one down the ground during his 38-ball 69 in the IPL final against Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on May 29. File Photo: BCCI

Sunrisers Hyderabad blasted 52 runs in the last three overs after skipper David Warner hit a magnificent 38-ball 69 to post a mammoth 208 for seven in the Indian Premier League final against Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. 

Choosing to bat first, a surprising decision considering the results so far this season, Warner came out all guns blazing as he and Shikhar Dhawan added 63 for the first wicket in just 6.4 overs. Dhawan was the more sedate partner with 28 off 25 balls, hitting three fours and a six before falling to Yuzvendra Chahal. 

Warner carried on, joined by Yuvraj Singh, who continued his recent good form with 38 off 23 balls, with two big sixes and four boundaries. Warner was third out with the score on 125 in the 14th over, his eight fours and three sixes giving Hyderabad a solid platform from which to explode.

And explode they did, in the form of Ben Cutting who blasted his way to a 15-ball 39 with three boundaries and four sixes. Three of those sixes came in the last over bowled by Shane Watson, one of the best bowlers of the tournament. Watson conceded 24 runs in an over which also contained a four, from Cutting's bat.

Hyderabad will have every hope of defending the title as they have arguably the best bowling attack in the tournament, especially after having been bolstered by the return of Bangladesh's Mustafizur Rahman, the most economical death bowler of the tournament.