Pat Cummins Leads Sunrisers Hyderabad to IPL Final Victory

Sunrisers Hyderabad Book IPL Final Berth with Comfortable Win Over Rajasthan Royals

On Friday, Sunrisers Hyderabad booked their place in the final of this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) with a comfortable 36-run victory over Rajasthan Royals in Chennai. Leading the team’s charge was their Australian captain, Pat Cummins, whose midas touch in international cricket has now extended to the IPL as well.

Cummins, who has guided Australia to victories in the World Test Championship and the 50-over World Cup over the last year, was delighted to steer his success-starved Hyderabad side to their first IPL final since 2016. The 31-year-old pacer was once again instrumental, returning figures of 1-30 from his four overs as the Royals were restricted to 139-7 while chasing 176.

“It’s a fantastic occasion for the whole franchise,” said Cummins after the match. “There’s about 60 or 70 of us in the changing room, with the coaches and the staff, and everyone who puts their heart and soul into this team. So it’s really gratifying, and hopefully we can go one more.”

Cummins’ leadership has been crucial in transforming Sunrisers Hyderabad into the league’s “boldest, most attacking outfit” this season. The Australian’s tactical acumen has silenced any critics who doubted his abilities as a captain.

The IPL Final: Cummins vs. Starc

The final on Sunday will see Cummins’ Hyderabad take on Mitchell Starc’s Kolkata Knight Riders in a battle between the two biggest overseas signings in IPL history. Cummins, who briefly held the record for the most expensive IPL player, will be hoping to guide his team to their first title since 2016.

Teammate Travis Head, who was dismissed for a duck by Starc in the earlier playoff clash, will be looking to make amends and play a crucial role in Hyderabad’s quest for the IPL trophy. The 100-ball cricket live action is sure to be gripping as the two captains, Cummins and Starc, lead their respective franchises in the grand finale.

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