BENGALURU: For Sunrisers Hyderabad (SH), winning the Indian Premier League (IPL)
title for the first time was like sun rising at midnight, as they beat
three-time finalists Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by eight runs in
an exciting contest at the Chinnaswamy stadium here on Sunday night.
the toss and putting up a challenging target of 209 for Royals,
Hyderabad bowlers showed their mettle by halting RCB's star-studded
batting line up at 200 for 7 wickets in 20 overs, though they were
plundered by RCB openers Chris Gayle and skipper Virat Kohli, who posted
114 in first 10 overs.
Powering into the IPL final for the third
time after knocking two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders in the
eliminator by 22 runs on May 25 and taming debutant Gujarat Lions in the
second qualifier by four wickets on May 27 in New Delhi, Sunrisers had
won the title on sheer self-belief, grit and determination.
Gayle was going great guns, we knew it was difficult to stop him. The
hardest thing for us was to maintain composure and have belief in
ourselves. We know once he was gone, it would be difficult for the
second and the third batsmen to pick up the momentum," a beaming
Sunrisers captain David Warner told reporters on early Monday with the
golden Trophy glittering next to him.
Crediting his whole team
for the dramatic win after a marathon run to the final, Warner said they
would like to first enjoy the victory tonight (Sunday night) and thank
everybody for supporting SH throughout.
Owned by Kalanithi Maran
of the Chennai-based Sun television network, Sunrisers replaced Deccan
Chargers, whose franchise was terminated by IPL in 2012.
Warner for leading a talented team to lift the trophy, Sunrisers' head
coach Tom Moody said the Aussie southpaw had an enormous influence on
the players, as he was a world class cricketer, hard working and very
"I enjoy working with him. He has been phenomenal
with his batting and an incredible captain, providing leadership and
being one step ahead of others. David has been very supportive of his
team and backed them fully to give their best," Moody said on the
Interestingly, Warner is the third Australian cricket
player to lift the IPL trophy after Shane Warne did in the opening
edition of the IPL in 2008 as captain of the now suspended Rajasthan
Royals and Adam Gilchrist as skipper of Deccan Chargers, who beat RCB in
the second edition of the IPL at Johannesburg in South Africa in 2009.
RCB again lost to now suspended Chennai Super Kings in Chennai in 2011 final.