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Top five player battles to watch out for in SRH vs RR Qualifier 2 match in IPL 2024

Published at :May 23, 2024 at 2:25 PM
Modified at :May 23, 2024 at 2:25 PM
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Karan Rawat


Qualifier 2 of IPL 2024 will see an SRH vs RR clash on Friday in Chennai.

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) suffered a defeat against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in Qualifier 1 and Rajasthan Royals (RR) beat Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) in the Eliminator. SRH and RR will now square off in Qualifier 2 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 This game will take place on Friday at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.

After losing four games on the trot, RR finally registered a win. To end their losing streak, RR had to end RCB’s six-match winning streak. Meanwhile, SRH will feel confident about beating RR, as they have already done it once this season. The winners of this game will enter the final, where KKR have sealed one spot.

SRH vs RR: Head-to-Head

There is not much difference between the two teams in the head-to-head record. There have been 19 games between these two sides. Sunrisers Hyderabad have 10 wins as compared to nine wins for Rajasthan Royals.

SRH vs RR: Top five player battles to watch out for

1. Travis Head vs Trent Boult

Travis Head, Trent Boult, SRH vs RR
Travis Head, Trent Boult. Image-BCCI

Travis Head will be a massive wicket for RR, as he can destroy any bowling attack if he gets going. One thing is certain: he won’t hold back and will attack all guns blazing, even though he is coming off two consecutive ducks.

Both times it was a left-arm pacer who dismissed him. RR have Trent Boult, who possesses an elite new-ball skill-set, to take down Head. This will be a big match-up in the SRH vs RR clash and it could decide which way the match will head.

2. Abhishek Sharma vs Avesh Khan

Abhishek Sharma is another SRH batter who is unstoppable once he gets set. His aggressive style of batting has earned him a lot of success and plaudits this season. He will look to carry on in similar fashion in Qualifier 2.

If Abhishek can stay at the crease for 6-7 overs, he could put SRH in a strong position to push for a 200-plus total. However, he has found it difficult to bat against Avesh Khan. The SRH opener has faced seven balls from Avesh and gotten out twice, scoring only two runs.

3. Sanju Samson vs Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Sanju Samson will be a key batter for Rajasthan Royals and his team will rely on his contribution with the bat. Samson has been in good form in the IPL 2024 league phase.

He is, though, yet to crack the code against Bhuvneshwar Kumar. The RR captain has scored only 118 runs off 92 balls against Bhuvneshwar, managing a strike rate of 128.3 and playing 40 dot balls. The senior SRH pacer has dismissed Samson four times.

4. Riyan Parag vs Pat Cummins

Riyan Parag vs Pat Cummins
Riyan Parag, Pat Cummins. Image-BCCI

Riyan Parag has been the best batter for Rajasthan Royals this season. Earlier, he scored 77 runs against SRH when these two teams met in the league phase. Parag has grown leaps and bounds this season and taken responsibility to score at crucial times.

His performance with the bat will be crucial for RR and his team will hope that he can carry on his superb touch. But, he will face Pat Cummins in the middle overs. Cummins has dismissed Parag twice in 13 balls in the IPL.

5. Heinrich Klaasen vs Ravi Ashwin

Heinrich Klaasen has gotten some starts in the last few games but has not been able to convert them into big scores. This may be on his mind and he would look to play an impactful innings in this important fixture.

With his timing and power, Klaasen is someone who can take the pitch out of the equation. He is one of the best six hitters against spinners, but Ravi Ashwin could pose a strong challenge for the South African. Ashwin knows the conditions in Chennai better than perhaps anyone in the two teams and is coming off a match-winning performance against RCB. So, he will have some plans for Klaasen heading into this SRH vs RR clash.

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