Fans express excitement as SRH secures spot in IPL 2024 playoffs due to rain cancelling match against GT

Fans express excitement as SRH secures spot in IPL 2024 playoffs due to rain cancelling match against GT

Match 66 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024  between Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Gujarat Titans (GT) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Thursday (May 16) was washed out due to relentless rain. This washout secured SRH’s place in the IPL 2024 playoffs, making them the third team to qualify after Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Rajasthan Royals (RR).

SRH’s IPL 2024 playoffs journey

Before the match between SRH and GT, SRH were fourth in the IPL standings with 14 points from 12 matches. The washout added one point to their tally, bringing it to 15 points from 13 matches. In contrast, GT ended their campaign with 12 points, falling short of the playoff spots. This marks SRH’s first playoff appearance since the 2020 season, having previously finished 8th in 2021, 2022 and 10th in 2023.

Pat Cummins’ influence

Pat Cummins, the SRH captain, has been pivotal in their turnaround this season. Fresh off title victories in the World Test Championship (WTC) 2023 and the ODI World Cup 2023, Cummins has led SRH with a fearless brand of cricket. His leadership has been credited for revitalizing the team and steering them back into playoff contention.

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Match-day rain drama

The matchday was marked by a steady downpour that delayed the toss and eventually led to the match being abandoned without a ball being bowled. Despite the inclement weather, a large crowd gathered at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium to support the home team. The fans were treated to a light show and music, celebrating SRH’s progress to the playoffs.

Implications of the washout

The washout had significant implications for the IPL playoff race. SRH’s qualification almost ended the playoff hopes for Delhi Capitals (DC) and Lucknow Super Giants (LSG). Meanwhile, Cummins’ team will face Punjab Kings (PBKS) on May 19 at home, with a chance to finish in the top two and secure a spot in Qualifier 1 against table-toppers Kolkata.

Upcoming virtual knockout

The playoff picture added extra spice to the upcoming clash between Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in Bengaluru on Saturday. This match is now effectively a virtual knockout, with both teams vying for a spot in the playoffs. The rain-induced changes have heightened the stakes, promising an exciting end to the league stage of IPL 2024.

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