Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) returned to winning ways after beating Rajasthan Royals (RR) in Match 40 of the Dream11 Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Thursday.
RR v SRH | IPL 2020 Match 40 Highlights
RR defended 154 and got off to a good start after Ben Stokes made a flying catch in the second slip to get David Warner out ahead of Jofra Archer in the first.
The pacemaker with the right arm struck for the second time in power play when it disrupted the wood to fire Jonny Bairstow in the third game.
However, Manish Pandey came out with weapons blazing. He creamed two fours in fourth over bowling from Kartik Tyagi and followed him with two sixes over Ben Stokes bowling in fifth.
Pandey went after Tyagi again, hitting the young Pacer for four and two sixes when SRH scored 18 points in the final of the power play to get closer to 60. He and Vijay Shankar formed a fifty-year partnership in the eighth game. On the next round, Pandey rolled another six and then brought up his fifty in 28 balls.
In the eleventh game, Pandey and Vijay Shankar met three foursomes together. A few overs later, the SRH pair took over a hundred before finishing the 100-run stand in the 15th over.
Vijay Shankar then took over Archer in 16th and hit three consecutive fours. In the next over, Manish creamed two sixes in the next two overs when SRH went over 150 in the 18th over.
Vijay Shankar finished the game, raising his fifty in the process, which helped SRH take an eight-wicket win with eleven balls. While Vijay Shankar didn’t fail at 52, Manish hammered 83 * of 47 balls with the help of 4 fours and 8 sixes. The two set up an unbroken 140-run stand of 93 balls.
Previously, RR had kept the same XI game while SRH made two changes to its line-up, bringing in Shahbaz Nadeem and Jason Holder in place of Basil Thampi and injuring Kane Williamson.
Robin Uthappa hit a delicious four on the last ball of the second over Bowling from Holder, then cut one off for a six before pounding a four into the next over Sandeep Sharma.
While Ben Stokes survived a slip in the same run, Uthappa didn’t do so the next after Holder caught him just before his crease. Sanju Samson, who joined Stokes in the middle, saw two fours in fifth before RR switched to 47/1 after the end of the power play. Stokes went on to ride his luck after Vijay Shankar failed to hold over a catch in the eighth. In the next three overs, RR scored 20 runs.
While the duo of Stokes and Samson completed a 50 run stand in the 12th, RR lost both in quick succession. First, Samson dropped out for 36 after Holder picked his first wicket of the game.
On the next round, Rashid Khan took out Stokes after the ball ricocheted off his pads and hit the stumps. While Steve Smith and Jos Buttler overtook the RR over a hundred in the 15th, Vijay took Shankar Buttler out for 9 after the batsman was caught backwards by Shahbaz Nadeem.
RR were 118/4 after 17 overs and needed some quick runs. Riyan Parag faced T Natarajan in the 18th and hit him for two fours and a six. However, SRH got past through Holder when he sacked both Smith and Riyan Parag in the penultimate game. While Smith was long caught by Manish Pandey, Riyan Parag was released after David Warner made a good catch running back from the center.
Jofra Archer was playing a cameo of 16 * out of 7 balls when RR finally posted 154/6 on the board.