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Sunrisers Hyderabad prioritized rest over practice before the IPL final, opting for a rest day due to Chennai’s hot weather.

The Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) cricket team will prioritise rest ahead of their crucial IPL 2024 final against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Sunday. According to a Hindustan Times report, SRH opted to cancel their practice session on Saturday following their convincing win over the Rajasthan Royals in Qualifier 2 on Friday.

With Chennai experiencing scorching temperatures and high humidity, the team management decided to prioritise player fitness by giving them a rest day. This approach differs from KKR, who played their last match on Tuesday and have held practice sessions to stay sharp. Notably, KKR’s last two league matches were rained out, potentially impacting their match rhythm.

Meanwhile, SRH captain Pat Cummins expressed his delight about his team’s victory and reaching the finals. “The whole season has been fantastic for us. There’s a great team spirit, and reaching the final was our goal from the beginning. We knew batting was our strength, and the experience of players like Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Natarajan, and Unadkat is invaluable. It makes my job as captain much easier,” said Pat.

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Cummins also shed light on the strategic decisions made during the Qualifier 2 match. He revealed that the decision to include left-arm orthodox bowler Shahbaz Ahmed as the impact player came from coach Dan Vettori, who wanted to maximise the team’s options with left-arm spinners. He further praised the unexpected bowling performance of Abhishek Sharma, whose contribution, along with Shahbaz Ahmed’s, proved crucial in restricting the Rajasthan Royals’ chase.

Acknowledging the upcoming challenge, Cummins said, “Chasing 170 was always going to be difficult, but a couple of early wickets could have changed the game. The pitches and conditions are always unpredictable, so we need to adapt quickly. This win is for the entire franchise—the 60–70 people who work tirelessly behind the scenes. Hopefully, we can deliver one more win in the final.” The Sunrisers Hyderabad will therefore face the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL 2024 final on May 26th, drawing the tournament to an end.

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Last Updated on May 25, 2024