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SRH vs RR, Qualifier 2 at Chennai, IPL, May 24 2024 - Ball by Ball Commentary

Qualifier 2 (N), Chennai, May 24, 2024, Indian Premier League
(20 ov, T:176) 139/7

SRH won by 36 runs

Player Of The Match
18 (18) & 3/23
Cricinfo's MVP
97.36 ptsImpact List
Full commentary
end of over 205 runs
RR: 139/7CRR: 6.95 
Dhruv Jurel56 (35b 7x4 2x6)
Trent Boult0 (3b)
T Natarajan 3-0-13-1
Pat Cummins 4-0-30-1

A humdinger of a Qualifier 2. An old-school T20. And a game that had all the ingredients that kept you guessing for most of the evening. Congratulations, fans of SRH. Hard luck, Royals fans. That's all from us at ESPNcricinfo tonight. See you on Sunday for the IPL 2024 final!

11.40pm Impact Player Shahbaz Ahmed is the POTM: "(You knew you'll be an impact player?) Captain and coach said that we'll use you according to the situation. My role is to play lower-order and since we had a collapse, I got a chance. (Pitch for today's bowling for him) When I was batting, I felt this wicket had something when Sandeep and Avesh were bowling. Felt there'll be purchase later. (His SRH experience, being traded, not playing every game) I am feeling proud to be MOTM in such a big match. The team environment has been relaxed. (Celebration tonight?) We'll save the celebrations for after the final. For now, it's about relaxation."

11.36pm Time for the presentation.

Pat Cummins, SRH's winning captain: (on SRH's turnaround from 2023) You've seen that in the way we played. The finals was the goal and we've made it. (Finding another way to win tonight) We knew our strength was batting but we wouldn't underestimate the experience in the side like Nattu, Unadkat and Bhuvi. (Shahbaz as the Impact Sub choice) That was Vettori's choice, he likes his left-arm spinners. (Using Sharma's four overs) I felt there was a bit of a grip. (Total felt enough at the break?) Finals are always funny. These turn into tough chases. Needed early wickets and we got that. (Seeing how dew works in India) I won't ever pretend to work out how it works. (Final) For the whole franchise, there are 60-70 of us who are involved, it is really gratifying. Hopefully one more."

Mustafa Moudi : "Massive advantage for the SRH is that they are the only team to make it to the Top 4 that have No players from England, so they didnt lose a single player due to International matches !!"

Soumya: "Shout out to Abhishek. No other opener has played all the games for his team and had strike rate above 200 in IPL ever. And he can bowl beautifully too. He is the Emerging Player of this IPL. No disregards to Parag, off course."

Mohan: main impact arrived from Tripathi. His kick start placed SRH way above RR on sluggish Chennai pitch."

Les: "IPL final will not have a single player to represent India in the T20 world cup!!"

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Abhishek Sharma: (Did you think you'll bowl your full quota?) I didn't know I will bowl this game but I was happy that I got to bowl. I've been working on my batting a lot but I've been working on my bowling with my dad. So special mention to my dad. (Pitch worked for him?) Patty used the spinners really well. There was more turn in the second innings. (No dew, that's why more part-time spin) I think it's the pressure that I've put on our team in the practice session that's why maybe I got a chance (smiles). But Shahbaz and I did well. (IPL 2024 for him) It came from Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. We won the Trophy for Punjab and the momentum came from there. I had confidence for this season from the conversations in the meetings where the batters were given freedom." (Final) It is one of my dreams to play the IPL final, it is coming true this year."

Satyam Garg: "Excluding jurel and jaiswal, other RR batsman scored 36 runs in 11 overa. Inexplicable. "

11.19pm The SRH part-timers bowled 9 of the 20 overs. In those 54 balls, they conceded only 57 runs and took five wickets. Time for the losing captain Sanju Samson now: "Proud of our bowlers, but we were short in the middle overs. (No dew) Very hard to guess when we are expecting dew. Wicket behaved differently in the second innings, ball was turning. Their use of spin against our right-handed batsmen was good. (Lack of intent with the bat?) Left-arm spin vs right-handers in the middle-order.... when the ball was turning, we could've used sweep or used our feet, but they bowled well. We've had some brilliant games, we've had a great project as a franchise, we've produced some great talent for the country. Parag, Jurel, exciting not only for RR but for India team too. (Sandeep Sharma's season) I'm very happy for him. By not being picked from the auction and coming as a replacement, he has done awesome. He will be the next guy after Bumrah if you see his numbers, economy and so all. (IPL 2024 final) I think this condition suits both the finalists. SRH batsmen are very interesting, they can take the game away. KKR's confidence makes them look very exciting. Great final expected that's what IPL has been giving us last 15-16 years."

11.16pm SRH have done it! Making full use of their second-chance opportunity courtesy their top-two finish, they have managed to qualify into the final by beating Royals tonight. SRH lost the toss, were asked to bowl when conditions were supposed to be dewy, but there was very little dew and their spinners feasted on this pitch that wore out as the evening progressed. While Abhishek and Shahbaz impressed with the ball, don't forget the spunky cameo from Tripathi and the 34-ball half-century from Klaasen. Even SRH had some times of trouble in their batting innings, but they didn't have a meltdown like the Royals.

Eric: "KKR v SRH is the first match up to have featured in all 4 playoff matches- Q1 (2024), Eliminator (2016, 2017), Q2 (2018), Final (2024). For those wondering, CSK v MI have never played this particular fixture against each other, Q2"

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Natarajan to Jurel, 1 run

Hyderabad city reach their fourth IPL final and SRH make their third! Short ball around off stump and the shot is mistimed towards backward point. Jurel unbeaten on 56 but it is SRH who win. SRH win by 36 runs!

The SRH players are on their feet.

Natarajan to Jurel, no run

short ball on off and he top-edges a pull towards fine leg.

Natarajan to Jurel, no run

yorker length ball on middle, and drilled to long on

Natarajan to Jurel, no run

back of a length slower ball outside off. Tries to ramp it over short-third but very nearly gives a catching chance to backward point

Natarajan to Jurel, FOUR runs

full ball on off and Jurel impresses with a flick through wide long on for four! Consolation runs

Natarajan to Jurel, no run

yorker length ball on off stump and toe-ends the drive to long on


end of over 1910 runs
RR: 134/7CRR: 7.05 RRR: 42.00 • Need 42 runs from 6b
Trent Boult0 (3b)
Dhruv Jurel51 (29b 6x4 2x6)
Pat Cummins 4-0-30-1
T Natarajan 2-0-8-1
Cummins to Boult, no run

and that should be the game! Length ball on off and he toe-ends a flat-batted shot to mid on. They don't take a single and the camera pans to the SRH owners' box where they are congratulating each other. The Marans seem delighted!

Cummins to Jurel, 1 run

Short ball angling in, and pulled to fine leg for a single. RR need 42 in 7.

Cummins to Jurel, 1 wide

slower ball bouncer just outside off. Jurel lets it go over his shoulder. Dot given but Royals review as they must if they want to stay alive in this game (barring extras). The TV umpire agrees with Jurel that it's a wide, so the decision is overturned. RR still alive, barely.

RR are one ball away from pretty much being eliminated.

Cummins to Jurel, no run

Cummins bowls a cutter back of a good length. Pulled to deep backward square leg and the single is turned down again

Cummins to Jurel, no run

pulls Cummins to the deep-square leg fielder but turns down the single

Cummins to Jurel, FOUR runs

good-length ball angling into Jurel and he picks the screws off his ball, pulling in front of square, and getting his fifty in 26 balls!

Cummins to Jurel, FOUR runs

...but Jurel keeps RR's slim hopes alive. Short ball angling into Jurel and he thumps a pull behind square, beating the fielder at deep backward square leg

Some RR fans are in tears...

end of over 181 run • 1 wicket
RR: 124/7CRR: 6.88 RRR: 26.00 • Need 52 runs from 12b
Trent Boult0 (2b)
Dhruv Jurel42 (24b 4x4 2x6)
T Natarajan 2-0-8-1
Pat Cummins 3-0-20-1
Natarajan to Boult, no run

back of a length ball outside off. Boult swings across the line and misses

Pranali: "SRH did not get funky unlike RR who had their spinner bowl 2 in the power play and 1 in the death"

Natarajan to Boult, no run

full ball on off and driven to mid off. No run chance

RR fans have their hands on their head. Writing on the wall getting clear.

Natarajan to Powell, OUT

short ball on middle, and Powell pulls towards deep midwicket. However he takes his eyes off the ball and the timing is not great either. Abhishek runs to his left from deep midwicket and manages to keep standing while completing a running catch

Rovman Powell c Abhishek Sharma b Natarajan 6 (12b 0x4 0x6 17m) SR: 50
Natarajan to Powell, no run

short of good length around off stump. Angling across a bit. Powell attempts the pull but misses altogether. On the bounce to the keeper

DC Jurel
Dhruv Jurel in death overs (in T20s)
Natarajan to Jurel, 1 run

full ball on middle and off. Hammered past Natarajan's right, but Cummins has kept a very straight long on to protect straight boundaries.

Natarajan to Jurel, no run

bang on the throat! Jurel is through the slower-ball bouncer too early, and therefore has to take a blow on his body. Jurel went down but then got up swiftly. Didn't expect him to stay down for too long, he comes from a family of brave people

T Natarajan. The local boy. In conversation with Bhuvi and Pat.

end of over 1710 runs
RR: 123/6CRR: 7.23 RRR: 17.66 • Need 53 runs from 18b
Dhruv Jurel41 (22b 4x4 2x6)
Rovman Powell6 (10b)
Pat Cummins 3-0-20-1
Abhishek Sharma 4-0-24-2

Sri: "@SJ: Assumptions are also nic thing. It is no guarantee that Jurel wouldd have played the same way in powerplay against different bowlers and also match conditions."

Cummins to Jurel, 1 run

short ball outside off. Sticking to the plan and Jurel struggles to generate much power. Pulled to midwicket for only one. RR need 53 in 18 balls

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