A place in the Final of the VIVO IPL 2016 beckons the Gujarat Lions or Sunrisers Hyderabad, who come up against each other in Qualifier 2.
In their most recent outing – in the first of the Playoff matches – the Gujarat Lions came up short against Royal Challengers Bangalore. In a thrilling Qualifier 1 in Bengaluru, the Lions recovered from a poor start to post a competitive 158. They then reduced the home side to 68-6 and appeared to be on the way to their maiden IPL Final before AB de Villiers’ sensational rescue effort assured RCB a direct passage to the Final.
It is a second consecutive knockout match for Sunrisers Hyderabad. On Wednesday, David Warner’s side outclassed the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Eliminator; despite a not too convincing performance from the batsmen, SRH posted a competitive 162-8, after which the bowlers took control, lifted their game just when it mattered, and restricted the two-time champions to 140-8.
Despite losing their first playoff match against RCB, Gujarat Lions have a second dash at making the final because they finished in the top two. But there are no such luxuries attached with this match; only one team can go through to the title clash. Which team will that be?
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