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IPL 2024: Final (KKR vs SRH) – 3 Player Battles To Watch Out For
By CricShots - May 26, 2024 9:42 am
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The stage is set for an epic finale in Chennai as Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) lock horns in the much-awaited IPL 2024 final. Both teams have showcased exceptional cricket throughout the tournament, earning their place in this high-stakes encounter.

Travis Head
Travis Head witnesses a rare failure

24 players will step onto the iconic Chepauk stadium on Sunday, united by a single goal – lifting the coveted IPL trophy. Leading their respective charges are Shreyas Iyer, KKR’s captain who has enjoyed a stellar season, and Pat Cummins, the SRH captain who has been a pillar of consistency.

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The journey to the final wasn’t identical for both teams. KKR secured a convincing win against SRH in Qualifier 1, while SRH emerged victorious against Rajasthan Royals in a thrilling Qualifier 2 encounter.

Here are three key player battles that promise fireworks in the IPL 2024 final:

#1 Rahul Tripathi vs Harshit Rana

Harshit Rana
Harshit Rana 

SRH’s Rahul Tripathi has been a revelation, providing crucial middle-order stability and ensuring run flow even when the openers falter. He’ll face a fierce challenge from KKR’s young gun, Harshit Rana. Known for his aggressive pace bowling, Rana can potentially disrupt Tripathi’s rhythm. This clash between attacking forces promises to be a nail-biter.

#2 Sunil Narine vs Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Bhuvneshwar Kumar

While KKR might miss Phil Salt’s explosiveness at the top, the experience of Sunil Narine remains invaluable. Narine, nearing his 36th birthday (coincidentally the day of the finals), has amassed over 461 runs this season, providing crucial early stability. A big knock from him could tilt the balance in KKR’s favour.

Countering Narine’s threat will be the equally seasoned Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Kumar’s rediscovery of his swing makes him a potent weapon with the new ball. Their battle in the powerplay will be pivotal, as it sets the tone for each team’s innings.

#3 Travis Head vs Mitchell Starc

Mitchell Starc
Mitchell Starc bowled an exceptional final over

Australian teammates on the international stage, Travis Head and Mitchell Starc, will find themselves on opposite sides in this high-octane clash. Head has been in red-hot form, dismantling bowling attacks with his aggressive batting. His ability to score quickly puts immense pressure on the opposition. For KKR, Mitchell Starc will be their key weapon against Head. Inspired by Arshdeep Singh’s success against Head in a previous match (dismissing him for a golden duck), Starc will look to replicate that strategy and restrict Head’s scoring.

This IPL 2024 final promises to be a nail-biting contest. Can KKR continue their winning momentum and clinch the trophy? Or will SRH bounce back and claim their second IPL title? The answer will unfold under the lights of Chennai on Sunday. Don’t miss this epic encounter!