IPL Final 2016
RCB vs SRH
Best bowling attack against mightiest batting lineup in search of Glory
By : Mohd Afaque Alam
Just a few hours away from the final lap of the competition, RCB looks very confident to lift the trophy for the first time in the history of IPL though they have reached the occasion before -Twice, in 2009 and 2011 and they have the ability to tear apart any bowling attack in the world. Most devastating top order with Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle and AB De Villiers batting at 1, 2 and 3 respectively could give any bowling attack a thrashing. Batting at 4, KL Rahul has already scored more runs than any wicketkeeper batman for the RCB in any season and looks in a very good touch.
No need to forget the role Shane Watson has played in team’s redemption and rise to glory. He gives it the right balance of T20 with his all-round performances. His batting would have been a cause of concern, had he not been a part of RCB batting lineup where they needed his batting services on a very few occasions but he compensated his batting with his economical bowling spells that too at the end of the innings. Yuzvendra Chahal (20 wickets in 12 matches), another match winner in the team with his cunning as well as brave leg spin bowling proved his worth of being selected in the national Limited overs team that are set to tour Zimbabwe in June this year. He is competing for the purple cap with Bhuvneshwar Kumar (23) and his team mate Shane Watson (20).
Bowling in death overs in T20s has improved so much that Yorkers once considered the most lethal armor, a bowler can possesses, are not enough to content a batsman today. One needs to vary his pace and mix fuller deliveries with slower bouncers to confuse the batsman and not to allow him to settle down. Chris Jordan, since his addition to RCB, has improved dramatically to be one of the few economical bowlers in death overs this season. RCB’s story of success could not be complete if the efforts made by every member in the team are not applauded and their extra efforts in the field show that they believe in themselves and know that this time opportunity is begging to be grabbed.
On the other hand, SRH playing its first ever IPL final possesses one of the most lethal bowling attach in the history of IPL. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mustafizur Rahman, Barinder Saran and Moises Henriques all are economical as well as wicket takers. Though they are sweating over Mustafizur’s fitness due to which he was sidelined in the last match against GL, they still have enough power to make it this time.
David Warner (779), their captain is in form and single handedly won matches for the team but to win a match against such a formidable team needs extra efforts from every player in the team. One last time, their batters need to be focused and make extra efforts to write history. Warner’s failure at the top could scare fragile middle but there is no dearth of talent in the teams. They only need to rise to the occasion and make most of their talent to prove that the team is not a one man army. Yuvraj Singh, highest buy for SRH this season, played couple of innings to show his class but they need more of them to prove his worth with the bat. Bipul Sharma and Deepak Hooda could be handy in the later part of the innings with their power hitting.
No matter who wins and how wins, the match would definitely be a cracking one and the battle between best bowling attack and strongest batting lineup in the competition would be a treat to watch. This time, we are going to welcome a new winner and witness success story of those who believed in themselves and backed their strengths until they got what they were destined to.