up. With Chris Gayle, there’s always a sense that a big one is around the corner, and both he and RCB would love for it to come in the final in front of the home crowd. Then there’s KL Rahul and Shane Watson, who have played the support cast with absolute perfection.
Their bowling unit, too, has found its mojo in the last couple of weeks, thanks largely to leggie Watson and Yuzvendra Chahal, who have picked up wickets in bulk lately and are sitting on second and third, respectively, in the Purple Cap list. However, the biggest weapon that RCB posses is their self- belief. If a team is faced with must- win scenarios in their last four outings and it manages to win each other of them to storm into the final, there is bound to be a feeling that no force in this world is strong enough to stop them. Like Rahul said on Friday, in their minds, they have already won the IPL. Not just yet, though If there’s any bowling attack that can throw a huge challenge to the RCB batting line- up, it’s the SRH’s. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ben Cutting are experts at varying their pace and length. Barinder Sran has the knack of picking up wickets, while Trent Boult did a decent job of making up for Mustafizur Rahman’s absence against the Lions on Friday.
Their skipper David Warner is a mixture of Kohli and AB for SRH. He has led from the front and has been their sole consistent performer, while also playing the rescue act many a times, like he did in the eliminator. But it will be imperative for the other batsmen to stand up and deliver if SRH are to win the title.
SRH go in as underdogs in their first- ever IPL final, RCB go in as favourites in their third. SRH having nothing to lose, RCB have a third title clash to lose. The reward for either team: a maiden IPL trophy.