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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.

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