SRH Won by 8 Wickets As Pandey and Shankar Put On A Show
SRH are still very much alive and breathing in the tournament. They knocked out RR off IPL 2020 as RR can now get a maximum of 14 points. The stars for SRH today were Manish Pandey and Vijay Shankar.
PERFORMERS OF THE DAY
RAJASTHAN ROYALS Bat: Sanju Samson 36(26) Bowl: Jofra Archer 4-0-21-2
SUNRISERS HYDERABAD Bat: Manish Pandey 83(47) Shankar 52(51) Bowl: Jason Holder 4-0-33-3 Rashid Khan 4-0-20-1
AS IT HAPPENED
RR won the toss and chose to bat first. RR didn’t make any changes to their side whereas SRH made two changes. Jason Holder and Shahbaz Nadeem came in for Kane Williamson (who pulled a hamstring in the previous game) and Basil Thampi respectively.
Rajasthan Royals- Good Starts and Bad Ends
RR started the tournament with 2 wins and have swayed off their track ever since. The same could be said about their top order. It has been a story of good starts and bad ends for them. Uthappa, Stokes and Samson got good starts but were unable to go big on those.Stokes in particular have not at all looked comfortable at the top and have not provided RR the impetus at the top. RR were 47-1 after 6 overs.
Holder Puts a Hold On RR
Jason Holder came into the side in tonight’s game and he delivered. He took 3 wickets and effected a run out too to put a hold on RR’s innings. He is a good addition to the SRH side as he provides stability to the team with his all-round ability.
Rashid Khan and Vijay Shankar bowled well and choked the opposition batsmen. RR struggled their way up to a score of 154-6, their only respite being the 46 they managed to score off Natarajan’s quota.
Archer Gets Warner Again!
SRH stepped in to chase a decent total of 154. Bairstow and Warner were always going to be key to the chase but Archer got both of them out in his opening spell. Warner just cannot help getting out to Archer.
A Chase of Confidence for SRH
A chase and a win without the contribution of Bairstow and Warner will be a confidence booster to the SRH side.
Shankar joined Pandey in the third over after Bairstow’s dismissal. SRH needed 139 from 104 deliveries. Shankar started off slow and ensured that Pandey had the strike who was striking the ball effortlessly. Pandey scored an unbeaten 83 which involved 8 sixes. Shankar improved his strike rate and remained unbeaten on 52. They chased the target with 11 balls to spare and never let RR back into the game.
In RR’s match against RCB, Archer did all he could and was desperate for some support from the other bowlers. It was the same tonight as well. All found himself alone yet again. Surely when RR got the openers they would have thought that they had the game but Pandey and Shankar’s brilliance and RR’s complacency with the ball lost RR 2 points.
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