IPL 2024, SRH vs RR: Hyderabad shatters Rajasthan's dream, storms into finals

IPL 2024, SRH vs RR: In a one-sided affair, SRH won by 36 runs in Qualifier 2 at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Friday.ย 

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IPL 2024: SRH into the final! Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) has secured its place in the IPL final for the third time after defeating Rajasthan Royals (RR) by 36 runs in Qualifier-2 on Friday. This marks Hyderabad's return to the finals after six years, with their last appearance in 2018. The team will now face Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the final showdown on May 26.

Rajasthan's rare struggle

Opting to bowl first after winning the toss, Rajasthan's decision seemed justified as Boult struck early, dismissing Abhishek Sharma cheaply. Boult's three-wicket haul in the powerplay put Hyderabad on the back foot, but Klaasen's resilient innings steadied the ship. Despite the early setbacks, SRH managed to post a challenging total.

Heinrich Klaasen, Shahbaz Ahmed shine with bat

Hyderabad, led by Shahbaz Ahmed, put up a formidable target of 176 runs for Rajasthan to chase. Heinrich Klaasen's impressive innings of 50 runs off 34 balls played a crucial role in SRH's total of 175 runs for nine wickets in 20 overs. Trent Boult and Sandeep Sharma starred with the ball for Rajasthan, each claiming three wickets.

In pursuit of 176 runs target, RR was restricted to 139/7 in 20 overs.