Chris Gayle's fifty came off 26 deliveri4s, including three boundaries and five sixes, along with a strike rate of 189 © AFP
Chris Gayle’s fifty came off 26 deliveries, including three boundaries and five sixes, along with a strike rate of 189 © AFP

Powerhouse Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) explosive opener Chris Gayle completed his half-century against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), in the final of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016, at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday. His fifty came off 26 deliveries, including three boundaries and five sixes, along with a strike rate of 189. He also completed his 9,000 runs in Twenty20 (T20) cricket, as is the highest run-scorer in this format of the game worldwide. Currently, RCB are 69 for no loss in seven overs, with Chris Gayle on 51 and Virat Kohli on 13. Full Cricket Scorecard: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL 2016 Final

After 56 league matches, two qualifiers, and an eliminator, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will face off against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the much-awaited finale of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016 at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday. These two teams are the deserving finalists, simply because they are the best batting and bowling sides of the tournament respectively. RCB’s batting is unmatched with the presence of Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle, Shane Watson, and KL Rahul in the top five. As for SRH, even in the absence of Ashish Nehra and Mustafizur Rahman they still manage to look threatening. Full Cricket Updates: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL 2016 Final

The final is being held at Bengaluru, which apart from being RCB’s fortress is also a ground best suited to their team. In Rahul, Aravind, and Stuart Binny RCB have three Karnataka cricketers who know what to expect from the pitch. Kohli, Gayle, and de Villiers have played for RCB for years, so they too are virtually hometown heroes. The deck is stacked in favour of RCB, but SRH and Warner are worthy adversaries. Expect a run-fest at Chinnaswamy!