Sunrisers Hyderabad defeated Rajasthan Royals by 36 runs in the IPL match, setting up a final showdown against Kolkata Knight Riders. Shahbaz Ahmed's impressive performance with three wickets contributed to Sunrisers' victory. Heinrich Klaasen's quickfire 50 off 34 balls helped Sunrisers post 175-9, and their bowlers effectively limited Rajasthan to 139-7. This win secured Sunrisers' place in the IPL final, scheduled to take place in Chennai on Sunday.

Ahmed made a significant impact as a substitute in Hyderabad's batting innings, scoring 18 runs and later achieving figures of 3-23 with his left-arm spin. Kolkata, who defeated Hyderabad in the first play-off game, will face off against Pat Cummins' side in the final.

SRH skipper Pat Cummins expressed his pride in the team's performance, emphasizing the squad's strong camaraderie and determination to reach the final. Rajasthan Royals captain Sanju Samson acknowledged the challenge the team faced against Hyderabad's spin, recognizing the impactful role played by Sunrisers' bowlers.

The IPL witnessed high temperatures during the play-off matches in Ahmedabad, contrasting with the cooler conditions in Chennai. Despite a valiant effort from Rajasthan's batsmen, Hyderabad's bowlers, including Ahmed and Abhishek Sharma, proved instrumental in securing the victory.

Hyderabad's victory, fueled by Klaasen's stellar performance and effective bowling, marks a significant milestone in their journey through the IPL.