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IPL 2024: Top 3 player battles in SRH vs GT, Match 66

In Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024, Match 66, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) will host Gujarat Titans (GT). The two will clash on Thursday, May 16 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. This will mark the end of GT for this season as they are already out of the playoff race. 

On the other hand, SRH will aim for a win at home to secure a playoff berth. The 2016 champions are currently fourth in the points table with 14 points and have two matches left in the league stage (including the one against GT) to confirm their participation in the knockout stage.

For GT, it is important to end their campaign on a positive note. They made the job harder for defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by beating them by 35 runs in their previous match. Will they try to spoil SRH’s party in a similar way? 

Here are the Top 3 player battles in SRH vs GT clash:

3. David Miller vs Pat Cummins 

IPL 2024: Top 3 player battles in SRH vs GT, Match 66
David Miller vs Pat Cummins

David Miller hasn’t produced a ‘Killer-Miller’ kind of knock this season, but he has played a few effective cameos in the middle order. The South African big-hitter has so far scored 210 runs at an average of 35. Miller will be the key for GT in the middle overs to accelerate their scoring rate and get a competitive total on the board. 

The SRH captain himself will be ready to face this threat as he has a good record against this left-hander. Cummins has dismissed Miller five times in international cricket. Though he has not taken the wicket of Miller in the IPL, he has conceded just 25 runs off 26 balls in this encounter.

2. Abhishek Sharma vs Rashid Khan

IPL 2024: Top 3 player battles in SRH vs GT, Match 66
Abhishek Sharma vs Rashid Khan

SRH openers will be the biggest threat to GT in the upcoming match. Both Abhishek Sharma and Travis Head are known for their destructive batting in the powerplay. Abhishek has amassed 401 runs at an average of 36.45 and a staggering strike rate of 205.64. 

He will be aiming for another flying start against GT and it remains to be seen if the visitors can escape this danger early. Star spinner Rashid Khan is likely to have a match-up against Abhishek in the initial overs. Though the Afghanistan all-rounder is not in great form, he is always a nightmare for the opposition.

1. Shubman Gill vs Bhuvneshwar Kumar

IPL 2024: Top 3 player battles in SRH vs GT, Match 66
Shubman Gill vs Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Both Shubman Gill and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are currently in great form. The GT is coming on the back of a 50-ball hundred against CSK. On the other hand, the SRH pacer recently bagged a Player of the Match award for his three-wicket haul against RR and took two wickets at an economy of just 3.00 in their last match against LSG.

Gill will aim for a big score again but he will have to deal with Bhuvi’s swing magic in the powerplay. The right-arm fast bowler has troubled him many times in the past. Gill has a dismal strike rate of 101.8 and has been dismissed thrice by Kumar.

 

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