Pat Cummins leads SunRisers Hyderabad to IPL 2024 final

Friday, 24 May 2024 - 23:23

Chennai, May 24, 2024 – Pat Cummins once said, "There's nothing more satisfying than hearing a big crowd go silent." On November 18, 2024, he silenced 100,000 people by taking Virat Kohli's wicket. Today, he did it again, this time leading SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) into the IPL 2024 final with a spectacular bowling performance against Rajasthan Royals (RR) in Qualifier 2.

SunRisers Hyderabad triumphed over Rajasthan Royals by 36 runs in Chennai, securing a place in the final against Kolkata Knight Riders on May 26 at the same venue.

Cummins' prophetic words from May 21, 2024, echoed once more: "We have earned the right to have one of those days and still win tournaments." It took time for him to walk the talk, but SRH, under his leadership, marched into the final, relying on their bowling prowess.

The Rajasthan Royals appeared to gain an advantage by winning the crucial toss and opting to chase. With one boundary significantly shorter than the other (61m vs. 72m), defending totals seemed challenging, especially with the potential for dew. However, SRH benefited from a dry ball and pitch, setting the stage for Cummins to work his magic.

SRH posted a competitive 175 for 9, thanks to contributions from Heinrich Klaasen (50 off 34 balls), Rahul Tripathi (37), and Travis Head (34). Trent Boult (3/45) and Avesh Khan (3/27) made early inroads, while Sandeep Sharma (2/25) also played a crucial role after RR opted to bowl.

Chasing 176, Rajasthan Royals managed only 139 for 7 in their 20 overs. Despite promising starts, RR batsmen could not capitalize, with Shahbaz Ahmed's brilliant 3 for 23 stifling their chase.

Pat Cummins' leadership and the collective effort of the SRH bowlers were instrumental in this victory, setting the stage for a thrilling final clash against Kolkata Knight Riders.

Sunrisers Hyderabad 175 for 9 (Klaasen 50, Avesh 3-27, Boult 3-45) beat Rajasthan Royals 139 for 7 (Jurel 56, Shahbaz 3-23, Abhishek 2-24) by 36 run

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