Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Qualifier 2 Round IPL 2024 Preview

Hyderabad vs Rajasthan

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) vs Rajasthan Royals (RR) —  the challenging teams of IPL 2024 will clash with each other in the Qualifier 2 round of IPL 2024 at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai (also known as the Chepauk Stadium) on 24th May (Friday) at 07:30 pm IST. The winner of the Qualifier 2 will storm into the finals to compete against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).

Despite SRH facing a crushing defeat by 8 wickets against KKR in the Qualifier 1 round, the orange army led by Pat Cummins still got another chance to reach the finals, since they finished second in the points table.

On the other side, RR riding on the valuable knocks of Yashasvi Jaiswal (45 runs), Riyan Parag (36 runs), Shimron Hetmyer (26 runs), and Rovman Powell (16 runs) secured a 4-wicket victory against RCB in the eliminator round. After losing four consecutive games, RR finally got back to their winning ways in the playoffs. Sanju Samson’s led franchise still has one more game to deliver their best performance to seal the spot in the IPL finals for the 3rd time.

In this preview, we will find out the head-to-head stats of SRH vs RCB and evaluate their performances in the ongoing season’s playoffs to predict the winner of the upcoming match. Also, it would be interesting to determine the toss outcome and the expected list of playing XI and impact players. The weather and pitch conditions might probably change in Chennai, which will be discussed in detail…

Performance Analysis of Hyderabad vs Rajasthan in IPL 2024 Playoffs

Here is how SRH and RR performed in the league stages and Playoffs of IPL 2024 so far:

1. Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH): Lost by 8 wickets to KKR in Qualifier 1

The explosive opening combination of Travis Head and Abhishek Sharma has proven explosive and steered Sunrisers Hyderabad to a massive total in many games. In contrast, the duo batters failed to provide a big opening for their team against KKR in Qualifier 1.

Apart from Rahul Tripathi’s lone fighting half-century of 55 runs from 35 balls (including 7 fours and 1 six) and Pat Cummins’ cameo of 30 runs from 24 balls (including 2 fours and 2 sixes), the entire batting unit faltered which resulted in SRH scoring 159-10 in 19.3 overs.

It becomes evident that SRH can post huge totals only if the opening partnership is consistent between Travis Head and Abhishek Sharma. Similarly, the bowling department consists of only two core players namely T Natarajan and Pat Cummins, whereas the rest of the bowlers have turned out to deliver an average performance in this season so far. 

2. Rajasthan Royals (RR):

Rajasthan Royals were successfully able to achieve the target of 174-6 in 19 overs against RCB to enter the Qualifier 2 round and have improved their chasing abilities compared to previous matches.

The inclusion of Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson, Riyan Parag and Shimron Hetmyer strengthens the batting lineup with their power-hitting abilities. Likewise, the bowling department consists of talented bowlers such as Trent Boult, Sandeep Sharma, Avesh Khan, Ravichandran Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal who can offer tough challenges to the opponent team’s in-form batters.

However, the opening partnership lacks impact since Jos Buttler’s departure to England and  Tom Kohler-Cadmore hasn’t been able to score runs consistently in his previous two matches, which could be a major drawback for RR.

Head-to-Head Records and Stats of Hyderabad vs Rajasthan in IPL

SRH and RR have clashed with each other in 19 matches of IPL and here are the interesting records and stats tabulated below:

Total Matches Played19
Matches won by SRH10
Matches won by RR9
No Result Matches0
Highest score for SRH217-6 in 20 overs (IPL 2023)
Lowest score for SRH127-1 in 15.5 overs ( IPL 2018)
Highest score for RR220-3 in 20 overs ( IPL 2021)
Lowest score for RR102-10 in 19.5 overs ( IPL 2014)
SRH winnings batting first5
SRH winnings batting second5
RR winnings batting first3
RR winnings batting second6

SRH vs RR Head to Head in Playoffs

SRH and RR have played each other only once in the IPL playoffs history and the records are shown below:

Total Matches Played1
Matches won by SRH0
Matches won by RR1
IPL Edition2013
Playoffs RoundEliminator
SRH Score132-7 in 20 overs
RR Score135-6 in 19.2 overs
VenueArun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi
Match ResultRR won by 4 wickets

SRH and RR Records in Chepauk Stadium

This is the first time in the IPL history that these two teams will lock horns against each other at the Chepauk Stadium and their records in Chennai are shown below in detail:

TeamsPlayedWonLostNo Result GamesTied MatchWinnings batting firstWinnings batting second
SRH101801 (lost in super over)01
RR9270020

Weather Conditions for Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Qualifier 2 Match IPL 2024

The latest weather forecast reports suggest that the temperature is expected to be around

35°C during the match between Hyderabad and Rajasthan. However, there are 32% chance of rain having the possibility of conducting reduced overs per side, if the match gets halted for a long time.

Even if rain threatens to play the spoilsport in the game, Pat Cummins’ led SRH will qualify for the finals to compete against KKR,  due to the higher rankings than RR in the points table.

Expected Toss Outcome and Pitch Conditions: Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Qualifier 2 Round

Based on the pitch conditions and previous track record at the Chepauk Stadium, the RR skipper Sanju Samson would decide to bat first, whereas the SRH skipper Pat Cummins would choose to bat second after winning the toss. This is because SRH hasn’t won a single game batting in Chennai. You can expect a score between 160 and 200 runs at this venue.

SRH and RR Probable Playing XI and Impact Players List: Qualifier 2 Match IPL 2024

It would be interesting if the below listed probable playing XI and impact players prove to be similar in the forthcoming match:

SRH Probable Playing XI for Qualifier 2:

  1. Travis Head
  2. Abhishek Sharma
  3. Rahul Tripathi
  4. Nitish Reddy
  5. Heinrich Klaasen (wicketkeeper)
  6. Abdul Samad
  7. Shahbaz Ahmed
  8. Pat Cummins (captain)
  9. Bhuvneshwar Kumar
  10. Vijayakanth Viyaskanth
  11. T Natarajan

SRH Expected Impact Players List for Qualifier 2:

  1. Sanvir Singh
  2. Umran Malik
  3. Glenn Phillips
  4. Washington Sundar
  5. Jaydev Unadkat

RR Probable Playing XI for Qualifier 2:

  1. Yashasvi Jaiswal
  2. Tom Kohler-Cadmore
  3. Sanju Samson (captain/ wicketkeeper)
  4. Riyan Parag
  5. Dhruv Jurel
  6. Rovman Powell
  7. Ravichandran Ashwin
  8. Trent Boult
  9. Avesh Khan
  10. Sandeep Sharma
  11. Yuzvendra Chahal

RR Expected Impact Players List for Qualifier 2:

  1. Shubham Dubey
  2. Donovan Ferreira
  3. Nandre Burger
  4. Shimron Hetmyer
  5. Tanush Kotian

Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Qualifier 2 Round Winner Prediction: Conclusive Facts

Having a strong batting lineup, Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad have an equal chance of winning the Qualifier 2 round. Scrutinizing the above stats, it becomes clear that both these teams don’t hold an impressive record in Chennai.

In terms of bowling performance, RR  slightly gains an upper hand against SRH. Ultimately, it remains to be seen which team holds the strongest fortunes to qualify for the finals and compete against Kolkata Knight Riders to clinch the IPL 2024 trophy.