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Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), having an explosive batting line up, is capable of chasing mammoth targets. Still, they failed to do so in the grand-finale against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) back in IPL 2016. Precisely on this day four years ago, David Warner-led SRH crushed the dream of Virat Kohli to lift the maiden IPL trophy.
SRH set up the target of 208 runs:
The captain David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan gave quick-firing start to SRH. The Aussie cricketer, as usual, hit boundaries and every nock and corner of the field. He played a major role to build up the pressure on RCB bowlers after Dhawan lost his wicket for 28 runs. Sooner, in the 14th over, Warner also lost his wicket, scoring 66 runs in 38 balls. He hit eight fours and three-gigantic sixes in his powerful innings.
The middle-order batsman Yuvraj Singh(38) and Ben Cutting(39) led the game forward and added 77 runs in the run tally. And with loss of seven wickets, the Hyderbad-based franchise set up the target of 208 runs.
RCB’s miserable end:
The 208 runs target was not a big score for RCB with the likes of Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers and KL Rahul in their batting line up. However, the SRH’s bowling spearhead Bhuvneshwar Kumar made tough for them.
The way the Bangalore-based franchise started their game, it looked they had confirmed their victory. But Ben Cuttings changed the game scenario after he picked the wicket of Chris Gayle who scored 76 runs. The Windes cricketer set up a 114-runs partnership with Virat Kohli.
The skipper lost his wicket after just scoring a half-century and from their RCB’s batting line up decline. The stalwart AB de Villiers and Shane Watson failed to score runs while Bhuvneshwar Kumar didn’t leak runs easily. He proved to be the most economical bowler and controlled the run rate of RCB.
At last, RCB lost the game with eight runs with three wickets left in their hand. It was a miserable end for RCB as well as Virat Kohli, who was the highest scorer in that season.