David Warner © AFP
David Warner crashed a terrific 69 © AFP

David Warner took the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) bowling attack to the cleaners en route to an attacking 69 and Ben Cutting played a thrilling 39 off 15 balls to propel Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) to a massive 208 for 7 in the Final of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016 at Bengaluru. Warner smashed the RCB bowling to all ends of the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on his way to a 24-ball half-century. His opening stnad with Shikhar Dhawan amounted to 63 in only 6.4 overs before Dhawan top-edged an attempted sweep off Yuzvendra Chahal to Chris Jordan for 28 off 25 balls with 3 fours and 1 six. Chahal returned the favour a few overs later, catching Moises Henriques off Jordan’s bowling. Henriques was out for 4 off 5 balls. Full Cricket Scorecard: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL 2016 Final

Yuvraj Singh walked in at No. 4 and played a gorgeous cover drive early in his innings to continue RCB’s misery. The duo put on 28 attractive runs before Warner was dismissed against the run of play. Sreenath Aravind, who had been hit for a slew of boundaries by Warner early on, got his revenge when the batsman got an outside edge to Iqbal Abdulla at short third man. Warner had scored a superb 69 off 38 balls with 8 fours and 3 sixes. Full Cricket Updates: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL 2016 Final

SRH were now in a bit of trouble, but Yuvraj was batting fulently at the other end. He played some gorgeous shots that turned back the clock. Deepak Hooda holed out to Virat Kohli off Aravind for 3 off 6 balls. However, Yuvraj was soon dismissed as well, getting caught by Watson off Jordan. Yuvraj had scored a superb 23-ball 38 with 4 fours and 2 sixes. Naman Ojha was run out by Watson for 7 off 4 balls, and Bipul Sharma holed out to Chahal off Jordan for 5 off 3 balls. At 174 for 7 in the 19th over, it looked like RCB would restrict SRH to under 200.

Ben Cutting, though, had his own ideas. He slammed Watson for a six and a four in the 18th over, then got another boundary off Jordan in the 19th over. His real carnage came in the final over: Watson was absolutely mauled for four, six, six, and another six to end the over. Cutting ended up unbeaten on 39 off a mere 15 balls with 4 sixes and 3 fours as SRH ended at a formidable 208 for 7.

Brief scores:

Sunrisers Hyderabad 208 for 7 in 20 overs (David Warner 69, Yuvraj Singh 38, Ben Cutting 39*; Sreenath Aravind 2 for 30; Chris Jordan 3 for 45) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore.

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(Shiamak Unwalla, a reporter with CricketCountry, is an animal lover and comic, film and TV geek. A fast bowler at heart, he enjoys watching a good, low-scoring game of cricket. His Twitter handle is @ShiamakUnwalla)