SRH Playing 11 vs Gujarat Titans- IPL 2024, Match 66

Updated - 16 May 2024, 03:07 PM

Travis Head-Abhishek Sharma
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Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) takes on Gujarat Titans at home in Hyderabad in their penultimate league game on Thursday, May 16. This is a must-win game for the Orange Army to stay in the hunt for the IPL 2024 playoffs. Meanwhile, Gujarat Titans were eliminated from the tournament after their match against KKR was washed out due to rain.

Currently, SRH are placed fourth on the points table with 14 points and an NRR of +0.406. Two back-to-back wins in their remaining two games will give them a top-two finish. Even one win from their remaining two games will take them through to the playoffs given their NRR is better than the teams below them. 

SRH won their previous game to LSG by 10 wickets. That win and RCB's win over DC has put the table wide open and still seven teams are open to reaching the playoffs with KKR having already cemented a spot in the playoffs. 

For SRH winning the next two matches at home will make their task easier. That they will play their last two games gives them a big advantage against some of the other teams who are still in the race. 

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SRH are playing after almost a week since their previous 10-wicket win over Lucknow Super Giants in their previous game. Travis Head and Abhishek Sharma once again showed their batting prowess in the game and SRH should ideally play the same side and back themselves to win at home against GT. 

SRH Playing 11 vs Gujarat Titans- IPL 2024, Match 66 

Travis Head

The southpaw will open the batting for SRH. He scored an unbeaten 89 off just 30 balls with 8 fours and 8 sixes against LSG in the last game. He has now scored 533 runs in the season. 

Abhishek Sharma

His batting partner Abhishek Sharma will continue to open the batting with him. He scored an unbeaten 75 off 28 balls against LSG. He has also now scored over 400 runs in the season. 

Nitish Reddy

Reddy the all-rounder will slot in at three. He has fitted himself beautifully in the SRH batting order and has made consistent contributions with the bat. He has scored 239 runs in seven innings at an average of nearly 40. 

 Heinrich Klaasen (WK)

Klaasesn will bat at four. He has been dismissive with the bat this season scoring 339 in 13 games at an average of 42.38 and a strike rate of 186.26

Abdul Samad 

Samad can slot in at five. He has got his chances few and far between. However, he has scored runs at a high strike rate whenever he has got his chance. He has scored 151 runs at a strike rate of over 180. 

Shahbaz Ahmed

The Bengal all-rounder will slot in at six. He has also chipped in with some contributions lower down the order. He is one of the two specialist spinners with the ball but has been used very sparredly. 

Pat Cummins (C)

Cummins the skipper will slot in at seven. He has led the team well so far. Kniwng SRH does not have a good spin attack he has managed the seam attack well. He also scored a crucial 35 with the bat against MI and has taken 14 wickets so far this season. 

Bhuvneshwar Kumar 

The veteran Indian pacer will slot in at eight. He has picked up 11 wickets from 12 games and is now on 181 IPL wickets. He is amongst the top wicket-takers in the league.

T Natarajan

Natarajan will slot in at nine. He is the highest wicket-taker for SRH this season with 15 wickets from 10 games. The left-arm pacer was ignored by India's T20 World Cup squad. 

Jaydev Unadkat 

The veteran left-arm pacer will be the third genuine seamer in the XI. He has been a good addition to the SRH setup and is on 99 IPL wickets. He has played for several IPL franchises in the past. 

Vijayakanth Viyaskanth 

The Lankan leggie concludes the likely XI for STRH for their match against Gujarat Titans. He made his debut in the last game and bowled a good spell of nine for 27. 

Impact Sub:  Mayank Markande 

Another leggie Mayank Markande can be the Impact Sub for SRH for their match against GT. He started out in the playing XI but then lost his place due to the playing combination. Markande has picked up 8 wickets from seven games this season. 

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