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Skipper David Warner's sparkling 50 helped Sunrisers Hyderabad survive a punishing blitz by Chris Gayle to edge out Royal Challengers Bangalore by eight runs in the Indian Premier League final on Sunday.

Defending 208 to claim their maiden IPL title, Hyderabad restricted Virat Kohli's Bangalore to 200 for seven at the M Chinnaswamy stadium with Gayle's 38-ball 76 in vain.

Sunrisers Hyderabad staged a comeback of monumental proportions to emerge IPL champions in their maiden final.

Having set a target of 209, RCB appeared to be on course after a whirlwind half century by Chris Gayle (76) whose 38-ball blitz was studded with eight sixes and four sixes.

However, after being 114-0 in the 11th over, RCB's run-chase faltered after Kohli (54) and AB de Villiers fell in quick succession to slip to 148-3.

Wickets tumbled at regular intervals thereafter with brilliant spells from Kumar and Mustafizur in the death overs as Bangalore finished on 200-7.

Cutting claimed two for 35 including the wickets of Gayle and Rahul.

Earlier, Sunrisers Hyderabad powered by a half century from skipper David Warner (69) and last-over blitz from Ben Cutting (39 off 15) have made a formidable 208-7 after opting to bat first.

Dhawan (28) and Warner set the pace with a solid opening stand of 63.

Warner's 38-ball knock was studded with eight boundaries and three sixes.

Yuvraj Singh continued the momentum with a 23-ball 38 cracking four boundaries and two sixes.

However, after a bit of a middle order wobble, Cutting's 15-ball cameo of 39 not out which contained four massive sixes helped Sunrisers go past 200 as they pummelled 52 runs in the last three overs.

Jordan claimed three for an expensive 45 and Aravind two for 30 while Watson went for 61 in his four overs.

Bangalore innings

Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled a brilliant final over to deny Royal Challenger Bangalore as Sunrisers Hyderabad won by eight runs.

Jordan is run out by a direct hit from Ojha. RCB 194-7, 19.3 overs.

Chris Jordan run out 3 (4b)

Another blow for Bangalore as Binny is run out. RCB 180-6, 18.1 overs.

Stuart Binny run out 9 (7b 1x6)

Mustafizur strikes a crucial blow getting the big wicket of Watson. RCB 164-5, 16.3 overs.

Shane Watson c Henriques b Mustafizur Rahman 11 (9b 1x6)

Cutting strikes as Rahul swings and misses. RCB 160-4, 15.3 overs.

Lokesh Rahul b Cutting 11 (9b 1x4)

AB de Villiers follows Kohli in quick succession. RCB 148-3, 13.5 overs.

AB de Villiers c Henriques b Bipul Sharma 5 (6b)

Kohli slams Sran for a six over extra cover to complete a 32-ball 50 before being castled bowled off an inside edge. RCB 140-2, 12.5 overs.

Virat Kohli b Sran 54 (35b 5x4 2x6)

Sunrisers get a breakthrough as Gayle's whirlwind innings comes to an end. RCB 114-1, 10.3 overs.

Chris Gayle c Bipul Sharma b Cutting 76 (38b 4x4 8x6)

Henriques goes for 21 as Gayle clobbers two more sixes. RCB 100-0, 9 overs.

Gayles slams Henriques for a six to race to a 25-ball 50. RCB 69-0, 7 overs.

Gayle is on fire clubbing two sixes and a boundary off Sran. RCB 42-0, 4 overs.

Gayle gets going slamming Sran nonchalantly for the first six of the innings. RCB 18-0, 2 overs.

Sunrisers innings

Sunrisers Hyderabad powered by a half century from skipper David Warner (69) and last-over blitz from Ben Cutting (39 off 15) have made a formidable 208-7 after opting to bat first.

Dhawan (28) and Warner set the pace with a solid opening stand of 63.

Warner's 38-ball knock was studded with eight boundaries and three sixes.

Yuvraj Singh continued the momentum with a 23-ball 38 cracking four boundaries and two sixes.

However, after a bit of a middle order wobble, Cutting's 15-ball cameo of 39 not out which contained four massive sixes helped Sunrisers go past 200 as they pummelled 52 runs in the last three overs.

Jordan claimed three for an expensive 45 and Aravind two for 30 while Watson went for 61 in his four overs.

Watson goes for 24 in the final over as Cutting clobbers three huge sixes, including one out of the stadium, as Sunrisers Hyderabad finish strongly on 208-7.

Jordan strikes undoing Sharma with a short delivery. SRH 174-7, 18.4 overs.

Bipul Sharma c Chahal b Jordan 5 (3b 1x4)

A mix-up results in Ojha falling to a direct hit from Watson. SRH 158-6, 17.1 overs.

Naman Ojha run out 7 (4b 1x4)

Watson takes a good catch to dismiss Yuvraj who perishes after the break. SRH 148-5, 16.1 overs.

Yuvraj Singh c Watson b Jordan 38 (23b 4x4 2x6)

Hooda fails to make an impression lofting straight to the fielder on the fence. SRH 147-4, 16 overs.

Deepak Hooda c Kohli b Aravind 3 (6b)

Yuvraj is turning it on slamming Chahal for a mammoth six followed by a boundary. SRH 140-3, 15 overs.

Warner is gone slashing at Aravind only to give a thick edge to short third man. SRH 125-3, 13.3 overs.

David Warner c Iqbal Abdulla b Aravind 69 (38b 8x4 3x6)

Yuvraj is in vintage form cracking two boundaries and flicking Jordan for a six over square leg. SRH 116-2, 12 overs.

Jordan strikes as Henriques departs being caught off a leading edge. SRH 97-2, 9.5 overs.

Moises Henriques c Chahal b Jordan 4 (5b)

Warner smashes a couple of boundaries off Chahal to complete a 24-ball fifty. SRH 88-1, 9 overs.

Warner is unfazed by the loss of his partner swinging Abdulla over long on for another six. SRH 75-1, 8 overs.

Chahal provides the breakthrough as Dhawan holes out to midwicket where Jordan takes a good catch on the boundary. SRH 63-1, 6.4 overs.

Shikhar Dhawan c Jordan b Chahal 28 (25b 3x4 1x6)

Watson goes for 19 in his first over with Warner and Dhawan lofting a six apiece. SRH 46-0, 5 overs.

Dhawan breaks the shackles lofting Gayle straight over his head for a boundary. SRH 27-0, 4 overs.

Warner gets into his stride with a couple of boundariess off Aravind through point and midwicket. SRH 21-0, 3 overs.

Dhawan survives as Gayle fails to latch onto a sharp return catch. SRH 12-0, 2 overs.

Dhawan hits the first boundary of the final glancing Aravind to fine leg. SRH 7-0, 1 over.

Sunrisers Hyderabad have won the toss and opted to bat first in the final of IPL9 at Bengaluru on Sunday.

RCB: Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Lokesh Rahul, Shane Watson, Sachin Baby, Stuart Binny, Iqbal Abdulla, Chris Jordan, S Aravind, Y Chahal

SRH: David Warner, Shikhar Dhawan, Moises Henriques, Yuvraj Singh, Deepak Hooda, Ben Cutting, Naman Ojha, Bipul Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Brendon Sran, Mustafizur Rahman

Virat Kohli Saturday heaped praise on his opposite number David Warner ahead of cricket's Indian Premier League title clash, saying the Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper has come a long way.

Kohli, who has been instrumental in leading Royal Challengers Bangalore into the third IPL final, also said he and Warner have similar leadership skills.

The two men are heading the batting charts with Australia's Warner (779 in 16 games) trailing Kohli (919 in 15 matches - the highest ever in a single IPL edition) in this season's list.

"I think he (Warner) has come a long way as a leader in this tournament," Kohli said on the eve of the final in Bangalore on Sunday.

"The kind of hunger he has had in this tournament to get the job done speaks volumes of his character. I think we both think on similar lines.

"There is a lot of similarity in terms of approaching the game, wanting to contribute for the team's cause, getting people together and wanting them to be at their best," the Bangalore skipper said.

Kohli's counterpart Warner, whose team beat Gujarat Lions on Friday, was unable to make it to the press conference as his team's flight got delayed due to rain and thunderstorms in the Bangalore region.

The Australian has handled his side with aplomb and remains the only overseas captain of an IPL side this season after Kings XI Punjab skipper David Miller was sidelined midway.

"It's been wonderful to see how he has led the team especially with senior players like Yuvraj Singh and Ashish Nehra along with youngsters like Mustafizur (Rahman), and handling everyone well," said Kohli.

With both the sides eyeing their maiden IPL title, Kohli believes home support at Bangalore's M Chinnawsamy stadium will certainly go a long way to get the best out of the RCB players.

"As cricketers we understand that the energy people bring into the stadium plays a massive role in the team turning things around," said Kohli.

The 27-year-old, who has top guns like AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle on his side, stressed the importance of not taking winning or losing to heart.

"See, composure is key. Try and be as normal as possible. It's the final, everybody will want to win. But be attached, yet be detached.

"If you win you don't stop there, if you lose it's not the end of the world," the captain said.