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Fans React as SRH Qualifies for IPL 2024 Playoffs After Rain Abandons Match Against GT

Game 66 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 between Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) And Gujarat Titans (GT) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad was submerged due to incessant rain on Thursday (May 16). This elimination secured SRH’s place in the IPL 2024 playoffs, becoming the third team to qualify thereafter Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) And Rajasthan Royals (RR).

SRH’s 2024 IPL playoff journey

Before the match between SRH and GT, SRH were at the fourth position in the IPL standings with 14 points from 12 games. The elimination increased the balance by one point, so that the team now has 15 points from 13 games. In contrast, GT finished its campaign with 12 points, falling short of the playoff spots. This is SRH’s first playoff appearance since the 2020 season, having previously finished 8th in 2021, 2022 and 10th in 2023.

The influence of Pat Cummins

Pat Cummins, the SRH captain, was crucial to the turnaround this season. Fresh title wins in the World Test Championship (WTC) 2023 and that ODI World Cup 2023, Cummins has led SRH with a fearless brand of cricket. His leadership is credited with revitalizing the team and leading them back to the playoffs.

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Rain drama on match day

Matchday was marked by a persistent downpour which delayed the toss and ultimately resulted in the game being abandoned without a ball being thrown. Despite the bad 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 and celebrated SRH’s entry into the playoffs.

Effects of leaching

The defeat had a significant impact on the IPL playoff race. SRH’s qualification almost ended their playoff hopes Delhi Capitals (DC) And Lucknow Super Giants (LSG). In the meantime, Cummins’ team will compete Punjab Kings (PBKS) at home on May 19, with a chance of finishing in the top two and securing a place in Qualifier 1 against league leaders Kolkata.

Upcoming virtual knockout

The playoff picture adds additional spice to the upcoming duel Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) And Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in Bengaluru on Saturday. This game is now effectively a knockout game as both teams are vying for a spot in the playoffs. The changes brought about by the rain have raised the stakes and promise an exciting end to the league phase of IPL 2024.

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