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Aakash Chopra predicted a close IPL 2024 final and highlighted key players to watch for in the contest while backing the Hyderabad camp.

Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra has opined on the upcoming IPL 2024 final between SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), which takes place today, i.e., on May 26th, in Chennai.

While acknowledging KKR’s dominance over SRH in their two previous meetings this season, Chopra believes SRH has the potential to cause an upset.

“Both teams have reached the final twice before, and KKR even won the trophy here in Chennai back in 2012. This match promises to be a close fight, and SRH shouldn’t be underestimated. Hyderabad will not go down without a fight. Don’t be surprised if they lift the trophy. That is also possible,” Chopra said in a video on his YouTube channel.

Picking his key players to watch, Chopra focused on Hyderabad’s young opener, Abhishek Sharma, over overseas batter Travis Head. “Abhishek Sharma is in good form with the bat. While Head has done well, Mitchell Starc’s presence in the KKR bowling attack makes Sharma a more strategic choice due to the left-arm pace advantage,” Chopra explained.

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Chopra elaborated on SRH’s potential bowling strategy, considering KKR’s abundance of left-handed batters. “SRH might struggle to utilise left-arm spin effectively with so many left-handers in the KKR batting lineup. This could lead to Abhishek Sharma potentially bowling alongside the established pace attack of Pat Cummins, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and T Natarajan,” added Chopra.

Chopra also highlighted the recent batting form of Rahul Tripathi, who has overcome initial struggles to score consistently in the latter part of the season. “Tripathi might play a high-risk game, but his recent performances have been crucial for SRH,” Chopra concluded.

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Last Updated on May 26, 2024