What an IPL final! Sunrisers Hyderabad were crowned 2016 champions on Sunday and we all woke up on Monday with an IPL-sized hole in our souls. No more Yes Bankers, no more Freecharge Bolt moments, no more fantasy cricket and no more Danny Morrison abbreviating himself hoarse until next year – some serious IPL withdrawal symptoms have begun to set in!
So to make ourselves feel a little better, we have put together our ultimate dream team from this year’s IPL. We have stuck to the four overseas player limit and have included our best wildcard/uncapped pick as well. SRH (3), RCB (3), KKR (2), GL (2) and MI (1) are represented while no RPS, DD or KXIP player makes the cut.
59 Matches, 7 Centuries, 13 Four-wicket hauls, 6 weeks and it all comes down to Sunday – RCB v SRH. In a country that spans more than 3 million square kilometres, our two IPL Finalists are cities that are less than 600km apart. Gujarat topped the league table and almost booked their spot in the final twice – each time they were thwarted, first by ABdV (with Abdulla) and then by Warner (with Bipul Sharma). Sunday is really the IPL’s last chance saloon – for either Kohli or Warner to lift the trophy, for Hooda and Baby to prove themselves and for you….to surge ahead and get to the top of the 2016 IPL Fantasy Cricket League!
The Teams: The strongest batting team meets the best bowling line-up. RCB and SRH have been terrific in this year’s IPL. Each Kohli and Warner have each led from the front – they are this year’s Top 2 run scorers with 919 and 779 runs respectively. The top 3 wicket takers too – each with 20+ scalps – are also from these 2 sides. We are set up for a cracker on Sunday at the Chinnaswamy, the home of 5 individual centuries this season. Both sides will be pleased with themselves – SRH won their qualifier even in Mustafizur’s absence, and RCB won their qualifier even though Kohli had a rare failure.
Which team will win the IPL Final 2016?
RCB (67%, 79 Votes)
SRH (33%, 39 Votes)
Total Voters: 118
The Venue: The Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore. The perfect venue for a final, Bangalore’s flat pitches and small boundaries promise a high-scoring final. 8 of the 12 highest scores (all above 189) have come at this ground.
Our picks for your fantasy team – as an IPL Final Special, we have picked 5 players today!
Virat Kohli – Can you blame us for choosing him? Anyone who has voluntarily leaves Virat out will end up regretting it. Barring his rare, unexpected failure in the qualifier, Virat has had the best individual batting season in the history of the IPL. 919 runs at an average above 80 an strike rate above 150, Captain Kohli has led his team to the finals and will be itching to score the 81 runs on Sunday to get him to the magical 1000 runs in one IPL season. Don’t expect him to stop there!
David Warner – Just like his RCB counterpart, Warner has been a real rockstar for Hyderabad – he single-handedly won Qualifier 2 for them despite no other SRH batsman performing on the night. While Warner may have missed out on a century this season, statistics don’t paint the full picture – he has 3 scores of 90+ in winning causes, including 2 not-outs. He will be fired up to deliver on the big stage.Read More …
Qualifier 1 saw a stunning chase by RCB after they had lost 5 wickets for less than 30. The Eliminator was a wonderful exhibition of quality death bowling by SRH to stifle KKR’s chase. Qualifier 2 promises to be a cracker as well – Gujarat Lions v Sunrisers Hyderabad (GL v SRH). Though it’s called a qualifier, this is another knockout game. The winner will go on to face RCB in the IPL finals, while the loser goes home.
The Teams: GL ended the playoff stage at the top of the table, which means that even after their crushing loss to RCB in Qualifier 1, they have a shot at redemption. After setting RCB a target of 159, a brilliant spell from Kulkarni had RCB at 29-5, their worst start all season, but GL was unable to seal a spot in the finals thanks to an ABdV special. Now, Raina and his boys will want to remind the world why GL were the only team with 9 wins in the group stage. SRH on the other hand, crushed a formidable KKR in the Eliminator, thanks to a master class of death bowling by Bhuvi, Henriques, Cutting and ‘The Fizz’. The SRH bowling will be tasked with keeping a formidable GL batting lineup quiet on Friday night.
The Venue: The Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in Delhi. This ground historically favours the chasing team, except when SRH bats first. There isn’t much in it for the spinners, and having just hosted a game here on Wednesday, the pitch will likely offer assistance to batsmen.
It’s been quite a journey, hasn’t it? The ViVo IPL 2016 roller coaster kicked off on 9 April and will be coming to an end with the IPL Finals this Sunday. As a small thank you to our loyal readers, we are delighted to announce the first ever exclusive (and free to enter) fantasy cricket league for 1 Tip 1 Hand readers on IPL Finals day.
So, if you think you can beat all the other fantasy cricket nuts out there (including us) and are tired of people bragging about their fake fantasy points, here is how you could win cash playing fantasy cricket in 5 easy steps.
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Step 3 – We will send you an email once the subscription deadline has passed with a link inviting you to play the exclusive 1 Tip 1 Hand private league. Click the link to go the team selection page on the OyeCaptain website. The 1 Tip 1 Hand private league will be free to join for 1 Tip 1 Hand subscribers. All the other OyeCaptain leagues on IPL finals day will be paid leagues so this free league really will be exclusive to you guys!
Step 4- Select your fantasy cricket team on the OyeCaptain website for the IPL finals.
Step 5 – Sit back, relax and enjoy the IPL finals while your players rack up fantasy points!
Thank you once again for reading our blog during the IPL 2016 and we hope you have had as much fun reading the blog as we have had bringing it to you.
Good luck and stay tuned to our blog for more fun!
What a performance from RCB in Qualifier 1! Now that you know how the IPL Playoffs work and that RCB is already in the IPL Finals, it’s going to be a scrap to the bitter end for the other three teams. The first knock-out game of the Playoffs, the ominously named “Eliminator” will be played on Wednesday between the Sunrisers Hyderabad and the Kolkata Knightriders, who placed 3rd and 4th in the league stage respectively. It’s SRH v KKR – time to do or die!
The Teams: After being on top of the league table for the longest time, SRH now face possible elimination against the team that denied them the top spot in the league last Sunday. Warner has been spectacular throughout the tournament and Dhawan has also stepped up in the latter stages but SRH will want Kane Williamson and Yuvi to come good in the unfamiliar environs of the playoffs. Nehra ji is out with injury so Warner will have to rely on the other SRH seamers (Bhuvi, Sran and Mustafizur) to blast their way through KKR’s line-up. KKR, on the other hand, are not new to the playoff stages of the IPL and have even won the whole show twice before. Yusuf Pathan has been their stand-out performer this season and their chances could be greatly boosted with the return from injury of their main man, Andre Russell. Gautam Gambhir will be itching to have another crack at Virat Kohli’s RCB. Things could get spicy!
The Venue: The Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in Delhi. This ground historically favours the chasing team. The last game played here was 20 days ago when DD took on RPS and both teams scored in excess of 160. The pitch favours spin – KKR’s spinners will already be flexing their fingers in anticipation!
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