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IPL 9 Final: How RCB, Sunrisers got there!

Last updated on: May 30, 2016 09:46 IST

Rajneesh Gupta's fascinating look at the routes RCB and Sunrisers Hyderabad took to the IPL 9 final.

Virat Kohli looks to the heavens after guiding RCB to the Playoffs after the victory against the Delhi Daredevils at Raipur, May 22.

IMAGE: Virat Kohli looks to the heavens after guiding RCB to the Playoffs after the victory against the Delhi Daredevils at Raipur, May 22. Photographs: BCCI.

 

Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad -- the two sides in the IPL 9 final -- were the two best sides in the tournament without doubt.

Both RCB and Sunrisers had an entirely different route to the final.

RCB had a horrible start to IPL 9, losing 5 of their first 7 games. They were languishing in 7th place among the 8 teams at the half-way stage. Virat Kohli's team then witnessed a dramatic change in its fortunes.

With 4 games to play, RCB needed to win all 4 to remain in a contention for the Playoffs. Virat then showed why he is rated so high among contemporary batsmen.

In the 4 must win games, Virat scored 109, 75*, 113 and 54* and ensured RCB entered the Playoffs as the second ranked team.

In the first Qualifier they were up against table-toppers Gujarat Lions. Chasing a modest 159, RCB were reeling at 29/5, but an A B de Villiers special clinched RCB an improbable win and took them to the final.

David Warner's majestic unbeaten 93 took the  Sunrisers Hyderabad to its maiden IPL final

IMAGE: David Warner's majestic unbeaten 93 took the Sunrisers Hyderabad to its maiden IPL final.

 

Sunrisers suffered a loss in their first 2 games, but then won 7 out of the next 8, thanks to skipper David Warner's shrewd captaincy and amazing batting.

The team lost a few games more than their liking towards the end of the group, but reached the Playoffs as the third ranked team.

In the Playoffs, Sunrisers first beat the Kolkata Knight Riders by choking the opposition in the last five overs. The way Sunrisers bowlers sent down yorker after yorker cramping the batsmen in the final stages of the game was simply amazing.

In the second Qualifier Sunrisers chased down Gujarat Lions' 162 thanks to another Warner special.

ROAD TO THE FINAL: ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE

Date Venue Batted 1st Batted Result
12-Apr Bangalore RCB 227-4 (20) SRH 182-6 (20) RCB won by 45 runs
17-Apr Bangalore RCB 191-5 (20) DD 192-3 (19.1) DD won by 7 wickets
20-Apr Mumbai WS RCB 170-7 (20) MI 171-4 (18) MI won by 6 wickets
22-Apr Pune RCB 185-3 (20) RPS 172-8 (20) RCB won by 13 runs
24-Apr Rajkot RCB 180-2 (20) GL 182-4 (19.3) GL won by 6 wickets
30-Apr Hyderabad SRH 194-5 (20) RCB 179-6 (20) SRH won by 15 runs
02-May Bangalore RCB 185-7 (20) KKR 189-5 (19.1) KKR won by 5 wickets
07-May Bangalore RPS 191-6 (20) RCB 195-3 (19.3) RCB won by 7 wickets
09-May Mohali RCB 175-6 (20) KXIP 174-4 (20) RCB won by 1 run
11-May Bangalore RCB 151-4 (20) MI 153-4 (18.4) MI won by 6 wickets
14-May Bangalore RCB 248-3 (20) GL 104 (18.4) RCB won by 144 runs
16-May Kolkata KKR 183-5 (20) RCB 186-1 (18.4) RCB won by 9 wickets
18-May Bangalore RCB 211-3 (20) KXIP 120-9 (20) RCB won by 82 runs (D/L)
22-May Raipur DD 138-8 (20) RCB 139-4 (18.1) RCB won by 6 wickets
24-May Bangalore GL 158 (20) RCB 159-6 (18.2) RCB won by 4 wickets

 

ROAD TO THE FINAL: SUNRISERS HYDERABAD

Date Venue Batted 1st Batted Result
12-04-2016 Bangalore RCB 227-4 (20) SRH 182-6 (20) RCB won by 45 runs
16-04-2016 Hyderabad SRH 142-7 (20) KKR 146-2 (18.2) KKR won by 8 wickets
18-04-2016 Hyderabad MI 142-6 (20) SRH 145-3 (17.3) SRH won by 7 wickets
21-04-2016 Rajkot GL 135-8 (20) SRH 137-0 (14.5) SRH won by 10 wickets
23-04-2016 Hyderabad KXIP 143-6 (20) SRH 146-5 (17.5) SRH won by 5 wickets
26-04-2016 Hyderabad SRH 118-8 (20) RPS 94-3 (11) RPS won by 34 runs (D/L)
30-04-2016 Hyderabad SRH 194-5 (20) RCB 179-6 (20) SRH won by 15 runs
06-05-2016 Hyderabad GL 126-6 (20) SRH 129-5 (19) SRH won by 5 wickets
08-05-2016 Visak’nam SRH 177-3 (20) MI 92 (16.3) SRH won by 85 runs
10-05-2016 Visak’nam SRH 137-8 (20) RPS 133-8 (20) SRH won by 4 runs
12-05-2016 Hyderabad SRH 146-8 (20) DD 150-3 (18.1) DD won by 7 wickets
15-05-2016 Mohali KXIP 179-4 (20) SRH 180-3 (19.4) SRH won by 7 wickets
20-05-2016 Raipur SRH 158-7 (20) DD 161-4 (20) DD won by 6 wickets
22-05-2016 Kolkata KKR 171-6 (20) SRH 149-8 (20) KKR won by 22 runs
25-05-2016 Delhi SRH 162-8 (20) KKR 140-8 (20) SRH won by 22 runs
27-05-2016 Delhi GL 162-7 (20) SRH 163-6 (19.2) SRH won by 4 wickets

 

RANKING IN GROUP STAGE

Rank Team Mts Won Lost NR Points NRR
2nd R Challengers Bangalore 14 8 6 0 14 +0.932
3rd Sunrisers Hyderabad 14 8 6 0 16 +0.245

 

The contest between RCB and Sunrisers can be easily summed up as the contest between the best batting side and best bowling side in the tournament as is clear from the following tables:

 

BEST BATTING SIDES IN IPL 9

  Runs per wkt Runs per over Boundary% 4s hit 6s hit
Royal Challengers Bangalore 43.45 9.60 60.63 228 129
Kolkata Knight Riders 29.78 8.32 51.52 194 65
Mumbai Indians 26.12 8.16 58.89 185 92
Rising Pune Supergiants 30.79 8.14 52.93 171 68
Gujarat Lions 24.02 8.08 54.94 242 63
Sunrisers Hyderabad 27.39 8.00 53.47 211 79
Delhi Daredevils 27.32 7.94 52.57 179 65
Kings XI Punjab 23.45 7.92 50.98 191 54

 

BEST BOWLING SIDES IN IPL 9

  Runs per wkt Runs per over Boundary% 4s con'd 6s con'd
Sunrisers Hyderabad 26.15 7.83 52.44 210 68
Delhi Daredevils 27.36 8.07 53.25 192 59
Rising Pune Supergiants 27.80 8.15 53.86 172 75
Kolkata Knight Riders 24.69 8.21 56.10 192 89
Mumbai Indians 32.21 8.23 53.61 181 75
Gujarat Lions 32.19 8.45 55.70 225 92
Kings XI Punjab 30.59 8.56 55.89 207 70
Royal Challengers Bangalore 27.51 8.72 56.33 222 87

 

Virat Kohli and David Warner have been in great form this season, taking the burden of their teams' batting on their shoulders.

While Virat has scored 33% of all the runs scored by RCB, Warner is not far behind, scoring 31.6% of the runs scored by the Sunrisers.

 

HIGHEST CONTRIBUTION OF TEAM RUNS IN IPL 9

  For Inns Runs Team Runs %Team Runs
V Kohli RCB 15 919 2781 33.05
DA Warner SRH 16 779 2465 31.60
AB de Villiers RCB 15 682 2781 24.52
F du Plessis RPS 6 206 867 23.76
AM Rahane RPS 14 480 2063 23.27
Q de Kock DD 13 445 1942 22.91
RG Sharma MI 14 489 2194 22.29
G Gambhir KKR 15 501 2263 22.14
SPD Smith RPS 7 270 1221 22.11
M Vijay KXIP 14 453 2134 21.23

 

The head to head record between RCB and Sunrisers has been pretty even, overall as well as in this edition. RCB, though have a clear advantage at the home ground.

 

HEAD TO HEAD IN IPL

  Mts RCB SRH No Result
Overall 8 4 4 0
at Bangalore 4 3 1 0
in IPL 2016 2 1 1 0

 

PREVIOUS MEETINGS BETWEEN TWO TEAMS IN IPL 9

Date Venue Batted 1st Batted Result
12-04-2016 Bangalore RCB 227-4 (20) SRH 182-6 (20) RCB won by 45 runs
30-04-2016 Hyderabad SRH 194-5 (20) RCB 179-6 (20) SRH won by 15 runs

 

Both ECB and Sunrisers have had more success batting second, but their record batting first is not poor either.

In fact, RCB's five wins are the most by a side batting first in the tournament, Sunrisers are second with four such wins.

 

ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE IN IPL 9

  Mts Won Lost NR Win%
Batting first 10 5 5 0 50.00
Batting second 5 4 1 0 80.00

 

 

SUNRISERS HYDERABAD IN IPL 9

  Mts Won Lost NR Win%
Batting first 8 4 4 0 50.00
Batting second 8 6 2 0 75.00

 

AVERAGE FIRST INNINGS SCORE IN IPL 9

RCB:   For: 192   Vs: 173
SRH:   For: 154   Vs: 161

 

The following table gives details of pattern of scoring for two teams in the tournament.

RCB have consumed fewer dot balls, taken more singles, twos and threes; and hit more boundaries.

 

PATTERN OF SCORING IN IPL 9 (BATTING)

  Royal Challengers Bangalore Sunrisers Hyderabad
Dot% 31.01 37.70
1s,2s,3s% 48.57 46.63
4s,5s,6s% 20.42 15.67

 

This is how two teams have conceded runs off their bowling in IPL 2016.

SRH have bowled higher percentage of dots and allowed fewer boundaries.

 

PATTERN OF SCORING IN IPL 9 (BOWLING)

  Royal Challengers Bangalore Sunrisers Hyderabad
Dot% 34.08 36.11
1s,2s,3s% 48.04 48.60
4s,5s,6s% 17.88 15.29

 

 

Following is a summary of the two teams' scoring rate at different stages of innings: First 6 overs, middle 9 overs and last 5 overs.

Among all teams RCB are the 2nd best in the first 6, best in the middle 9 and best in the last 5.

SRH are the 4th best in the first 6, worst in the middle 9 and joint 5th best in the last 5.

 

BATTING RUN-RATES IN DIFFERENT STAGES IN IPL 9

  1 to 6 7 to 15 16 to 20
Royal Challengers Bangalore 7.99 9.10 12.90
Sunrisers Hyderabad 7.72 7.43 9.59

 

 

A summary of the economy rate of the two teams in different stages.

SRH are the best in the first 6, 6th best in the middle 9 and the best in the last 5.

RCB are in the bottom half in all the three stages.

 

BOWLING RUN-RATES IN DIFFERENT STAGES IN IPL 9

  1 to 6 7 to 15 16 to 20
Royal Challengers Bangalore 7.98 8.27 10.72
Sunrisers Hyderabad 6.77 8.00 8.97

 

This is how pacers and spinners have performed for the two teams in the tournament.

Both the teams have pace-dominated attacks so much so that spinners have accounted for only 5 wickets for the Sunrisers in the whole tournament! <./p>

The 26% of RCB's wickets by spinners have mostly gone to Yuzvendra Chahal's leg-spin.

 

PACE VS SPIN IN IPL 9: RCB

  Wkts Best Avg RPO Wkts%
Pace 78 4-23 31.42 8.53 74%
Spin 28 3-27 33.39 8.56 26%

 

PACE VS SPIN IN IPL 9: SUNRISERS

  Wkts Best Avg RPO Wkts%
Pace 78 4/29 24.59 7.51 94%
Spin 5 2/16 86.20 8.89 6%

 

RCB BATSMEN IN IPL 9

  Mts Inns NO Runs Hs Avg 100s 50s 0s SR
V Kohli 15 15 4 919 113 83.55 4 6 1 151.90
AB de Villiers 15 15 3 682 129* 56.83 1 6 1 170.07
KL Rahul 13 11 3 386 68* 48.25 0 4 1 147.33
SR Watson 15 14 2 168 36 14.00 0 0 1 134.40
CH Gayle 9 9 0 151 73 16.78 0 1 1 134.82
S Baby 10 5 1 101 33 25.25 0 0 1 146.38
SN Khan 5 4 2 66 35* 33.00 0 0 0 212.90
STR Binny 13 5 2 54 21 18.00 0 0 0 168.75
TM Head 3 3 1 54 37 27.00 0 0 0 135.00
KM Jadhav 4 3 3 42 25* - 0 0 0 131.25
Iqbal Abdulla 7 1 1 33 33* - 0 0 0 132.00
Parvez Rasool 4 1 0 10 10 10.00 0 0 0 111.11
D Wiese 1 1 1 5 5* - 0 0 0 125.00
KW Richardson 4 1 1 1 1* - 0 0 0 100.00
VR Aaron 8 1 1 0 0* - 0 0 0 -
S Aravind 8 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 -
YS Chahal 12 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 -
CJ Jordan 8 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 -
Mandeep Singh 1 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 -
AF Milne 1 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 -
HV Patel 5 1 1 0 0* - 0 0 0 -
T Shamsi 4 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 -

 

ROYAL CHALLENGERS BOWLERS IN IPL 9

  Mts Balls Mdns Runs Wkts Best Avg SR RPO 4W
SR Watson 15 315 0 424 20 4-29 21.20 15.75 8.08 1
YS Chahal 12 271 0 366 20 4-25 18.30 13.55 8.10 1
S Aravind 8 151 0 186 9 2-18 20.67 16.78 7.39 0
CJ Jordan 8 144 0 213 8 4-11 26.63 18.00 8.88 1
KW Richardson 4 84 0 136 7 3-13 19.43 12.00 9.71 0
Iqbal Abdulla 7 144 0 203 6 3-40 33.83 24.00 8.46 0
T Shamsi 4 96 0 147 3 1-21 49.00 32.00 9.19 0
S Baby 10 10 0 8 2 2-4 4.00 5.00 4.80 0
CH Gayle 9 42 0 39 2 2-11 19.50 21.00 5.57 0
VR Aaron 8 142 0 227 2 2-37 113.50 71.00 9.59 0
STR Binny 13 102 0 134 1 1-17 134.00 102.00 7.88 0
Parvez Rasool 4 84 0 129 1 1-31 129.00 84.00 9.21 0
HV Patel 5 84 0 147 1 1-46 147.00 84.00 10.50 0
AF Milne 1 24 0 43 1 1-43 43.00 24.00 10.75 0
D Wiese 1 24 0 49 0 0-49 - - 12.25 0
V Kohli 15 6 0 13 0 0-13 - - 13.00 0
AB de Villiers 15 0 0 0 0 - - - - 0
TM Head 3 0 0 0 0 - - - - 0
KM Jadhav 4 0 0 0 0 - - - - 0
SN Khan 5 0 0 0 0 - - - - 0
Mandeep Singh 1 0 0 0 0 - - - - 0
KL Rahul 13 0 0 0 0 - - - - 0

 

SUNRISERS HYDERABAD BATSMEN IN IPL 9

  Mts Inns NO Runs Hs Avg 100s 50s 0s SR
DA Warner 16 16 3 779 93* 59.92 0 8 1 149.23
S Dhawan 16 16 4 473 82* 39.42 0 4 1 117.08
Yuvraj Singh 9 9 1 198 44 24.75 0 0 0 126.92
MC Henriques 16 14 3 178 31* 16.18 0 0 1 116.34
DJ Hooda 16 14 1 141 34 10.85 0 0 0 122.61
NV Ojha 16 12 3 129 37 14.33 0 0 1 96.27
KS Williamson 6 6 0 124 50 20.67 0 1 0 101.64
EJG Morgan 7 6 1 123 51 24.60 0 1 1 117.14
A Ashish Reddy 4 3 1 47 32 23.50 0 0 0 162.07
B Sharma 6 3 2 46 27* 46.00 0 0 0 209.09
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 16 7 1 42 21 7.00 0 0 0 161.54
KV Sharma 5 3 3 36 26* - 0 0 0 120.00
BCJ Cutting 3 3 1 26 18* 13.00 0 0 1 136.84
AP Tare 3 2 0 8 8 4.00 0 0 1 53.33
B Sran 13 4 4 4 2* - 0 0 0 100.00
A Nehra 8 2 2 1 1* - 0 0 0 100.00
TA Boult 1 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 -
Mustafizur Rahman 15 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 -

 

SUNRISERS HYDERABAD BOWLERS IN IPL 9

  Mts Balls Mdns Runs Wkts Best Avg SR RPO 4W
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 16 372 3 465 23 4-29 20.22 16.17 7.50 1
Mustafizur Rahman 15 342 1 384 16 3-16 24.00 21.38 6.74 0
B Sran 13 279 0 372 13 3-28 28.62 21.46 8.00 0
MC Henriques 16 294 0 375 12 2-17 31.25 24.50 7.65 0
A Nehra 8 156 1 199 9 3-15 22.11 17.33 7.65 0
BCJ Cutting 3 43 0 45 3 2-20 15.00 14.33 6.28 0
DJ Hooda 16 78 0 97 3 2-16 32.33 26.00 7.46 0
B Sharma 6 72 0 104 2 1-10 52.00 36.00 8.67 0
TA Boult 1 24 0 39 1 1-39 39.00 24.00 9.75 0
A Ashish Reddy 4 23 0 39 1 1-14 39.00 23.00 10.17 0
KS Williamson 6 6 0 7 0 0-7 - - 7.00 0
Yuvraj Singh 9 37 0 52 0 0-7 - - 8.43 0
KV Sharma 5 98 0 171 0 0-24 - - 10.47 0
S Dhawan 16 0 0 0 0 - - - - 0
EJG Morgan 7 0 0 0 0 - - - - 0
NV Ojha 16 0 0 0 0 - - - - 0
AP Tare 3 0 0 0 0 - - - - 0
DA Warner 16 0 0 0 0 - - - - 0

 

VENUE STATS

 

MATCHES AT BANGALORE IN IPL 9:

Matches: 8

Batting 1st won: 3 (38%)

Batting 2nd won: 5 (62%)

 

AVERAGE FIRST INNINGS SCORE AT BANGALORE IN IPL: 195

 

PACE VS SPIN AT BANGALORE IN IPL 9:

  Wkts Best Avg RPO Wkts%
Pace 55 4/11 32.71 9.19 67%
Spin 27 4/25 37.22 9.41 33%
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