The 40th match of the 13th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) was a battle between two Australian captains. Both could not do much with the bat, but Sunrisers Hyderabad, captained by David Warner, managed to register their fourth win in the tournament, defeating Rajasthan Royals by 8 wickets. After this win, she has gained 8 points in 10 matches and has reached number 5 in the points table. On the other hand, Rajasthan have slipped to number 7 and their playoff hopes have come as a big shock.
In the match, due to the fatal bowling of Jason Holder (33/3), Hyderabad held Rajasthan to 154 for 6 wickets. Hyderabad then lost the wickets of both of their openers for just 16 runs, but Manish Pandey and Vijay Shankar called Chulbul Pandey shared an unbeaten 140-run partnership for the third wicket to give Hyderabad an easy win. Manish Pandey scored an unbeaten 83 from 47 balls with the help of 4 fours and 8 sixes, while Vijay Shankar faced 51 balls while hitting 6 fours during his unbeaten 52 runs.
Jofra Archer out for openers
Chasing a target of 155 runs, Sunrisers Hyderabad got an early setback and Jofra Archer gave Rajasthan a decent start, walking both openers. On the fourth ball of the first over, David Warner was caught by Ben Stokes on a personal score of 4, then Johnny Bairstow was bowled cleanly on the next, while the fourth ball of the third over of the innings. He scored 10 runs.
Stormy Fifty of Manish Pandey
After this Manish Pandey and Vijay Shankar took the front. Manish Pandey hit Karthik Tyagi who came to the sixth over, hitting two sixes and a four in one over, and took the team to 50 runs. After this, he completed his third half century in IPL -2020 in just 28 balls with Shreyas Gopal’s single in the 9th over. At the other end, Vijay Shankar also caught the rhythm and opened hands with two consecutive fours to Shreyas Gopal.
Manish Pandey was seen batting in a different style. He hit sixes over fours. In this innings, he took fierce news of the bowlers of the opposition team. From Shreyas Gopal to Ankit Rajput, he scored a lot of runs. Both of them added 140 runs for the third wicket to give Hyderabad the victory.
Holder’s Dhansu Boling, Rajasthan blocked at 154
In front of the disciplined bowling of Sunrisers Hyderabad, none of the Rajasthan Royals batsmen could play a big innings and scored 154 runs for 6 wickets. Most of the Royals batsmen lost their wickets after spending enough time at the crease. For him, Sanju Samson (36 off 26 balls) scored the most runs while Ben Stokes scored a struggling 30 off 32 balls. Jason Holder, playing his first match in the current season, took three wickets for 33 runs for Sunrisers while Rashid (1 for 20) and Vijay Shankar (15 runs, 3 wickets in three overs) bowled well.
Uthappa runs out, stokes bowled
Robin Uthappa (19 off 13 balls) looked in good rhythm but was run out in an effort to take the run meaninglessly. The timing of the second opener Stokes was not right and looking at their struggle it seemed that they were not tempted to start the innings. Luck was definitely supporting Stokes. His shot waving in the air twice fell slightly beyond the reach of the fielder while once Vijay Shankar dropped a catch in his hand. In the end it was Rashid Khan who bowled him on the leg break.
Samson got out for a fast run
Samson looked ready to recover from the previous matches’ failure. Both his fours on Sandeep Sharma were typical style. After this, he guessed the length of the holder’s ball well and hit a beautiful six. Holder’s next ball was offcutter on which Samson missed and bowled. Rashid and Vijay Shankar kept the batsmen tied in the middle overs. 47 runs were scored in the first six overs but the Royals reached triple digits in the 15th over.
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Jose Butler (nine off 12 balls) was eyeing after Samson and Stokes were dismissed on the same score but he too did not look comfortable at any point. Shankar catches him at point. Holder caught captain Steve Smith (19 off 15 balls) and Ryan Parag (20 off 12 balls) at the boundary line in the 19th over. Joffra Archer finally scored a valuable 16 off seven balls, including a six off Natarajan’s last ball.