Can rejuvenated Royals stall slam-bang SRH in Qualifier 2

SRH come to Chennai after a defeat in Qualifier 1, while RR are upbeat after ending their five-game winless streak in the Eliminator
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Match details

Rajasthan Royals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, Qualifier 2
Chennai, 1930 IST (1400 GMT)

Big picture – SRH’s batters vs RR’s bowlers

The SRH batters have written and rewritten the record books in IPL 2024. Before this season, the highest team total in the IPL was 263 for 5, by Royal Challengers Bengaluru in 2013. SRH have breached that mark three times this season.

Those gargantuan totals were set up by Travis Head and Abhishek Sharma, the most destructive pair in the IPL history with a partnership run rate of 13.65 (min. 10 stands). Their aggressive approach also meant that SRH are the only team to score 100 or more in the powerplay this season, a feat they have achieved twice. This is even before we come to Heinrich Klaasen, arguably the best T20 batter in the past 12 months.
RR’s batting line-up may not be as destructive but they have one of the best bowling units: a left-arm swinger at the top, two world-class spinners in the middle and two wily seamers at the death. The battle between their bowlers and SRH’s batters could decide who moves to the final.

SRH, who had finished second in the league stage, are coming from a loss against Kolkata Knight Riders in Qualifier 1, while RR will be buoyed by their win against RCB in the Eliminator. However, neither team had a good time when they last played in Chennai. Chasing 213 against Chennai Super Kings, SRH folded for a mere 134. When RR came here two weeks ago, they could manage only 141 for 5 batting first and went on to lose by five wickets.

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