From 287 to the lowest total in a final, SRH’s contrasting journey in IPL 2024

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Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), known for their explosive batting line-up, had a rollercoaster ride in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024. The team, which had previously set records for the highest totals in the tournament, found itself on the other end of the spectrum during the final.

Two sides of SRH’s performance in IPL 2024

SRH’s journey in IPL 2024 was marked by some extraordinary batting performances. They had broken the highest total in the history of the IPL twice during the season. The first instance was against Mumbai Indians when they scored 277 runs in Hyderabad. They went one better during the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore, hitting 287 at the Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru.

However, the final of IPL 2024 painted a different picture. SRH, known for their big-hitting prowess, were bundled out for just 113 runs. This was the lowest total by a team in an IPL final batting first, surpassing the previous low of 129/8 set by Mumbai Indians against Rising Pune Super Giants in the 2017 final.

The final match saw SRH’s top order collapse against the bowling attack of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). Mitchell Starc, the KKR pacer, dismantled the SRH top order with his brilliant bowling. Abhishek Sharma, Travis Head, and Rahul Tripathi were dismissed early, leaving SRH reeling. Despite attempts to stabilize the innings, wickets kept falling at regular intervals.

Aiden Markram and Heinrich Klaasen tried to build a partnership, but Markram was dismissed for 20, and Klaasen was bowled out after scoring 16 runs. The dismissal of Abdul Samad, who was brought in as an Impact sub, further dented SRH’s hopes.

The low total in the final was a stark contrast to SRH’s earlier performances in the tournament. The team that had made the highest score in the IPL ended up making the lowest IPL final total in the same season. This dramatic shift underscored the unpredictable nature of the sport and the pressure that comes with a high-stakes final match.

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