IPL 2024: KKR, SRH square off in thrilling grand finale; All you need to know

IPL 2024: The forthcoming final promises a showdown between two stalwart batting line-ups, each rewriting the standards of excellence this season.

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IPL 2024: In recent cricket rively, familiar faces have dominated the IPL finals, but this season brings a fresh narrative. Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) step into the limelight, neither chasing a record sixth title nor seeking redemption from a tumultuous journey.

Both teams, once hovering in the lower echelons of the league, have emerged as contenders through strategic acquisitions and renewed focus. KKR's revivalist approach welcomed back an old messiah, while SRH's gamble on a recent trophy magnet has paid dividends. Yes you guessed it right. SuniL Narein and Pat Cummins have done wonders for KKR and SRH, respectively.

Clash of titans in IPL final

The forthcoming final promises a showdown between two stalwart batting line-ups, each rewriting the standards of excellence this season. However, beyond the dazzling display of batting prowess lies a captivating sub-plot: the transformation of two middling franchises into potential champions. SRH has been lying at the bottom of the points table since 2021.

How bowling can shape IPL final?

When we talk about bowling, how can we forget the famous quort:'Batsmen win you games, bowlers win you tournaments.' While their batting philosophies may align, KKR and SRH differ vastly in bowling strategies and arsenals. The recent encounter between them in the qualifiers may have been one-sided, but the final holds no assurances. SRH's skipper, Pat Cummins, will be wary of a formidable KKR led by Shreyas, poised to upset their championship bid.

Match details

  • Match: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL 2024 Final
  • Date: May 26
  • Time: 07:30 PM IST
  • Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

Pitch and weather conditions

Uncertainty looms over the influence of dew, a factor that could affect and alter gameplay. The final will unfold on a red soil wicket, infamous for favoring spinners. Recent showers have raised concerns, but match day forecasts predict clear skies, promising an uninterrupted battle for supremacy.

Head-to-head record

KKR holds a dominant record over SRH, with 18 victories against their 9. However, past encounters hold little sway in the high-stakes drama of an IPL final.

Probable playing XIs

KKR: Sunil Narine, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Venkatesh Iyer, Shreyas Iyer (c), Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Ramandeep Singh, Mitchell Starc, Vaibhav Arora, Harshit Rana, Varun Chakravarthy

SRH: Travis Head, Abhishek Sharma, Rahul Tripathi, Aiden Markram, Nitish Reddy, Heinrich Klaasen (wk), Abdul Samad, Pat Cummins (c), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jaydev Unadkat, T Natarajan

Probable impact substitutes

KKR: Anukul Roy/Nitish Rana
SRH: Shahbaz Ahmed/Umran Malik