Manish Pandey’s fascinating innings and his unbroken century partnership with Vijay Shankar kept Sunrisers Hyderabad alive on Thursday, defeating Rajasthan Royals by 8 wickets and keeping their hopes of reaching the Indian Premier League (IPL) playoffs. The Sunrisers had lost two of their key batsmen early in front of the target of 155, but Pandey scored an unbeaten 83 off 47 balls with the help of four fours and eight sixes.
Joffra Archer (2 for 21) dismissed David Warner (four) and Johnny Bairstow (10) in consecutive overs to put the Sunrisers to 16 for two. When Warner caught the second slip, Bairstow had no answer to his inswinger. Pandey dominated the field with a clear mindset to play. After Archer withdrew from the attack, Stokes and Karthik Tyagi hit two sixes each to take the score to 58 in the powerplay.
While the spinners were under pressure, he hit a six over Shreyas Gopal and completed a half-century off 28 balls. Steve Smith called Archer for the second spell when the batsmen had set foot at the crease.
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After this, Manish and Shankar (52 not out from 51 balls) batted sensibly, adding 140 runs for the third wicket to take their team to 156 for two in 18.1 overs. This is Sunrisers fourth win in ten matches and has eight points similar to Royals. The Royals, however, have played one match more than that and hence their path to the playoffs has become more difficult.
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Most of the Royals batsmen lost the wicket after spending enough time at the crease and finally reached 154 runs for six wickets. 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 from Sunrisers while Rashid (1 for 20) and Vijay Shankar (15 runs, 3 wickets in three overs) bowled him well. .