Kevin Pietersen blasts SRH ahead of IPL 2024 final against KKR: 'I didn't like the way Sunrisers threw in the towel…'


Former England captain Kevin Pietersen has backed Kolkata Knight Riders to clinch their third IPL title as, according to him, they will be favorites against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Sunday's summit clash. KKR have already beaten the Sunrisers twice this season – first in the league and then recently in Qualifiers 1. The Purple Army finished the league stage on top of the table and have suffered only three defeats this season so far. 'now.

SRH have lost twice to KKR this season and the two teams will now face each other in the final. (AFP)

During qualifying 1 in Ahmedabad, the Sunrises failed to fight against Riders and lost the one-sided battle as they will feel extra pressure in the final to vanquish the ghosts of the recent past.

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Pietersen pointed out that SRH succumbed under pressure as Patrick Cummins made some poor decisions which allowed KKR to dominate the draw in Ahmedabad.

“I didn't like the way the Sunrisers threw in the towel the other night in Ahmedabad, and I think it's going to put them behind for Sunday's start. The way they just finished that match, said Pat Cummins Travis headed the ball and Shreyas Iyer went bang, bang, bang. This will give a lot of confidence to KKR for the final knowing that they already beat SRH a few days ago,” Pietersen said on. Star Sports.

Hyderabad won the IPL title in 2016 under the captaincy of David Warner, and it is time for Pat Cummins to emulate his compatriots. SRH spent a whopping INR 20.5 crore on Cummins at the IPL 2024 auction after leading Australia to both the World Test title and an ODI World Cup triumph last year and the IPL title will add another feather to his captain's cap.

However, the former England skipper claimed that the Sunrisers structure knows how to win big titles as they recently won the SA20 title.

“So it's going to be very difficult for the Sunrisers to get back up, but I think they will because they won the SA20, so they know how to win. They have a structure that knows how to win, and when you have I have that confidence within the franchise, that confidence within the ownership and then the momentum has its own way I'm actually very, very happy that SRH reached the final just because of what they have. done for cricket in the last eight to nine weeks, I think it's only right that Sunrisers are in this final,” he added.

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