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Vivo IPL 2016 Final preview: RCB or SRH? Whoever wins will be the first time champion of IPL
IPL 9 started on April 9, and will come to an end on Sunday, May 29, even before we could catch our breaths. Today is the final match between the Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Sunriseres Hyderabad at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.

Both of these teams have never won the IPL and any of the two that wins today will become the first time champions of IPL.

While RCB marched straight into the final, courtesy their win on Tuesday in Qualifier 1 against the Gujarat Lions, the road for the Sunrisers proved tougher. The team started IPL 2016 well but eventually finished third in the points table, just making it to the Playoffs.

Then came the turnaround for SRH as they sent KKR packing for home in the Eliminator and then beating the Gujarat Lions in the Qualifier 2 to fix a final match date with RCB on Sunday.

RCB, despite making it to two IPL finals in 2009 and 2011 have never won the IPL trophy. Will they do it today or it will be the turn of the Sunrisers to get the honour? Only a few hours later we shall get to know.  

Both captains, Virat Kohli and David Warner have led from the front and led their respective teams by example. Kohli is the highest run scorer of IPL 9 with an aggregate of 919 runs, including four tons and six half-centuries, with an unbelievable average of 83.54 runs.

Today's match will ensure star studded batting lineups from both teams with players like David Warner, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Yuvraj Singh, Shikhar Dhawan and Chris Gayle, all waiting to explode and be counted in the final game of IPL 2016.

For RCB, plan A is Kohli, plan B is Gayle and in case both plans A & B fail, then there is always plan AB.

Although head-to-head there is hardly anything to choose between the two sides, I would still back the Royal Challengers Bangalore to win today, as SRH batting relies too heavily on David Warner, and if he fails today, the floodgates will open up for RCB.

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