Pat Cummins is set to play yet another final! The Australian's golden touch works wonders as Sunrisers Hyderabad trounce Rajasthan Royals by 36 runs in Qualifier 2 to enter the IPL 2024 final. Cummins and co will have a chance to add their only IPL title come Sunday after a hard-fought win over Rajasthan Royals, who would have to wait another year to lift the title. Sanju Samson and co were brilliant in the first phase of IPL 2024 and could have cemented a top-two spot had it not been for the string of losses towards the end of their group-stage campaign. A good performance against Royal Challengers Bengaluru in the IPL 2024 Eliminator reinforced the fans' faith in the franchise, but a poor day with the bat in hand in Qualifier 2 meant that they now had to pack their bags and head home. On the flip side, the IPL 2024 final will now feature two sides, which have been the most exciting this season, particularly with the explosiveness with which they have approached the game. IPL 2024 Final Featuring KKR vs SRH Has NO Player From India’s 15-Member Squad for ICC T20 World Cup.

Batting first, Sunrisers Hyderabad could not have asked for a worse start, with Abhishek Sharma departing in the first over itself. But not before he struck Trent Boult for a six and a four. Rahul Tripathi's counter-attacking 15-ball 37 was like an injection of fresh air into the batting and SRH kept ticking the scoreboard along at a pretty good pace. But the fact that they lost regular wickets dented their progress with SRH having scored 68/3 at the end of the powerplay, with Boult claiming all the wickets. Sandeep Sharma dismissing Travis Head in the 10th over made it all the more interesting with Sunrisers Hyderabad in all kinds of trouble. But Heinrich Klaasen stood his ground and churned out a 34-ball 60 with four sixes to his name, which made the difference for his team. For RR, Boult (3/45), Avesh Khan (3/27) and Sandeep Sharma (2/25) were the wicket-takers. Viral Moments From SRH vs RR IPL 2024 Qualifier 2 Match: Heinrich Klaasen's Inside-Out Six, Aiden Markram's Outrageous No Ball, Dejected Fangirl And Other Highlights From Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals Clash.

In response, Rajasthan Royals got off to the worst possible start, managing just 24 runs in four overs at the expense of Tom Kohler-Cadmore's wicket. The Englishman has had a tournament to forget and Jos Buttler's absence was felt at such a moment for the Royals. Shahbaz Ahmed and Abhishek Sharma's left-arm spin wreaked havoc for Sunrisers Hyderabad, with the two taking five wickets for 47 runs combined. T Natarajan took two wickets, while Cummins had one. Dhruv Jurel was the best player for Rajasthan Royals in this match, with 56 runs off 35 balls.

RR vs SRH IPL 2024 Stat Highlights

#Sunrisers Hyderabad entered their third IPL final

#Trent Boult extended his lead at the top of the list of most wickets in first-overs in the IPL--29 wickets

#Boult also is now the second-highest wicket-taker in powerplay in IPL--62 wickets

#Boult also had the most number of wickets in powerplay in IPL 2024--12 wickets

#Pat Cummins now the second-most wickets in an IPL season for a captain (17 wickets)

Sunrisers Hyderabad would aim to avenge their loss in Qualifier 1 when they take on Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL 2024 final. The Knight Riders on the other hand, would aim to continue their good form in IPL 2024 and clinch what would be a third IPL title.

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