Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) will collide in what is expected to be an epic showdown at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday. Both teams will be looking to that sweet taste of victory, but it is not going to come easy.
RCB will look to silence their detractors, who criticised them for not winning the IPL in eight years despite having star-studded line-ups every year. And on the other hand, the Sunrisers will look to lift their maiden IPL trophy under the able leadership of David Warner.
Two teams were engaged in some fiercely fought encounters during the league stage. Now it is time for one last battle. Let us have a look at some of the players who can turn on the heat in Bengaluru on Monday:
Virat Kohli: Captain fantastic or outrageous talismanic batsman? Or may be combined into one. Yes, you guys got it right — this is how we can define Virat Kohli, who has even exceeded that "excellent" tag in this season of the IPL both with his bat and his leadership abilities. He will be rearing to go out and score some more runs in the IPL 2016 final against the Sunrisers and power his team to their first ever IPL title.
Shane Watson: The Aussie all-rounder was the most expensive player at the players auction earlier this year (Rs. 9.5 crore) and he is certainly living up to that price of his. If he has failed with the bat, he has stepped up to crucial situations with the ball. Watson is also one of the highest wicket-takers in IPL 2016 and will look add few more scalps to his name.
David Warner: The destructive opening batsman was indeed ridiculous against Gujarat Lions in the Qualifier 2 as he stood firm on one end of the wicket and finished the game for his side couple of days ago. Warner is the second-highest run-getter in this IPL season as well. Although, there is a daylight difference between him and Kohli in that run-scoring list but he too has lead his side from the front, especially with the bat. He is surely one of the players to watch out for.
Mustafizur Rahman: The Bangladeshi seam sensation missed out during the Qualifier 2 against the Gujarat Lions because of a niggle and now he is fit to play in the final of IPL 2016 against RCB. "The Fizz," as the commentators call him, has lived up to the expectations and he will be the ace in the deck of the Sunrisers bowling attack. Warner will want to unnerve the batting-heavy RCB side with those cutters of his.