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Captain Cummins leads Hyderabad into IPL final

Skipper's dream run continues with emphatic victory over Rajasthan to set up showdown with Mitchell Starc's Kolkata

The Midas touch that Pat Cummins has enjoyed in his captaincy career has helped propel him to another major final, this time with Indian Premier League side Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Cummins, who's taken Australia to a triumph in the World Test Championship and 50-over World Cup in the last year, was thrilled to lead his success-starved team to the final of T20's juggernaut event on Friday, steering them to a comfortable 36-run semi-final win over Rajasthan Royals in Chennai.

It was another feather in the leadership cap of the 31-year-old paceman, whose remarkable success has long since silenced any of those critics who doubted his tactical acumen.

Once again also leading from the front, with his four overs going for just 1-30 as the Royals stumbled to 7-139 in pursuit of 176, Cummins coaxed another impressive tune out of his side, who've been the boldest, most attacking outfit throughout the tournament.

"It is a fantastic occasion, for the whole franchise, 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," he enthused after setting up a final rematch with the Mitchell Starc-powered Kolkata Knight Riders in Chennai on Sunday. 

"So it's really gratifying, and hopefully we can go one more."

It will be another pacers' showdown between the two biggest overseas signings in the IPL's annals and two great mates – the $3.67 million Cummins, who briefly held the record as the most expensive capture in the IPL auction until Starc got nabbed by KKR for $4.43 million.

And there'll be a second chance for Travis Head, who got castled by a beauty from his international teammate Starc for a duck when KKR won the first playoff clash between the two sides rather comfortably in Ahmedabad on Tuesday.

Head was back in business on Friday, only this time playing more of a support role after being leading man for most of the season. 

His 34 off 28 balls at the top of the innings was positively snail-like compared to most of his electric starts in this campaign but an important, settling contribution nonetheless after Sunrisers had struggled to 3-57.

It was Heinrich Klaasen's 34-ball 50 that did most to propel Hyderabad to 9-175 with Avesh Khan having done much of the damage for the Royals with his 3-27 off four overs.

After Cummins had helped stall the chase early by stifling and then taking the wicket of the out-of-sorts Tom Kohler-Cadmore, taking 1-10 off two overs in his opening spell, he then unleashed Shahbaz Ahmed (3-23) and Abhishek Sharma (2-24) to spin Sunrisers into their third IPL final – but their first for six years.

Every Hyderabad fan, though, will be trusting in 'Captain Australia' to lead them to their first title since 2016.

IPL 2024 standings

Matches played
No results
Net Run Rate
Total points
1 Kolkata Knight Riders Kolkata Knight Riders KKR 14 9 3 0 2 1.428 0 20
2 Sunrisers Hyderabad Sunrisers Hyderabad SUN 14 8 5 0 1 0.414 0 17
3 Rajasthan Royals Rajasthan Royals RAJ 14 8 5 0 1 0.273 0 17
4 Royal Challengers Bengaluru Men Royal Challengers Bengaluru Men RCB 14 7 7 0 0 0.459 0 14
5 Chennai Super Kings Chennai Super Kings CSK 14 7 7 0 0 0.392 0 14
6 Delhi Capitals Men Delhi Capitals Men DEL 14 7 7 0 0 -0.377 0 14
7 Lucknow Super Giants Lucknow Super Giants LSG 14 7 7 0 0 -0.667 0 14
8 Gujarat Titans Gujarat Titans GUT 14 5 7 0 2 -1.063 0 12
9 Punjab Kings Punjab Kings KXI 14 5 9 0 0 -0.353 0 10
10 Mumbai Indians Mumbai Indians MI 14 4 10 0 0 -0.318 0 8

M: Matches played

W: Wins

L: Losses

T: Ties

N/R: No results

NRR: Net Run Rate

Ded.: Deductions

PTS: Total points

Australians in IPL 2024

Delhi Capitals: Mitch Marsh (A$1.2m), David Warner (A$1.16m), Jhye Richardson (A$890,000), Jake Fraser-McGurk (A$92,000)

Gujarat Titans: Spencer Johnson (A$1.78m), Matthew Wade (A$446,000)

Kolkata Knight Riders: Mitchell Starc (A$4.43m)

Lucknow Super Giants: Marcus Stoinis (A$1.7m), Ashton Turner (A$178,000)

Mumbai Indians: Tim David (A$1.53m)

Punjab Kings: Nathan Ellis (A$135,000)

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Cameron Green (A$3.15m), Glenn Maxwell (A$2m)

Sunrisers Hyderabad: Pat Cummins (A$3.67m), Travis Head (A$1.2m)

*Prices in AUD, conversions correct at time of auction