Pandey, Holder keep SRH playoff hopes alive

Manish Pandey and Vijay Shankar starred in ending a four-match losing streak for Sunrisers Hyderabad as the pair made unbeaten 140-run stand to get a comfortable victory over Rajasthan Royals. earlier Jason Holder who was playing his first match of the IPL thanks to an injured-Williamson dented Royals innings with three wickets.

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The 40th match of IPL 2020 saw the bottom half teams; Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals. Winning the toss and opting to field first, Sunrisers had a good first-half outing restricting the opposition to just 154. After an early scare, the score proved to be a piece of cake for SRH as the chased the score in the 19th over with eight wickets in hand.

Rajasthan Royals innings – Jason Holder comes in style

A near season-ending game for both the teams as they look to battle for a place in the playoffs. Still trying, Robin Uthappa and Ben Stokes opened the innings for Rajasthan Royals. Looking great and striking the ball cleanly, Uthappa was run out courtesy a brilliant effort from Jason Holder, who was playing his first match of the IPL.

Out come the hero of the first two matches, Sanju Samson. Steading the innings with Stokes, the pair took the score to 86 in the 12th over. But both got out on the same score, so the score that was 86-1 now read as 86-3.

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Jason Holder picked three wickets in his first match of IPL 2020

Jos Buttler and Steve Smith looked to end the innings on a high but failed to do so. In a desperate effort to win the match, the final score reached 154.

Relying on Buttler to score quickly in the end but failed and holed out to Vijay Shankar.

Jason Holder was the pick of the bowlers taking three wickets for 33 runs. Vijay Shankar and Rashid Khan picked up one wicket each.

Sunrisers Hyderabad innings – Pandey-Shankar show

Jofra Archer has been the stand-out bowler this season and he once again showed his worth.

Time for another Jofra Archer vs David Warner battle. Guess the winner? Its Archer again who had dismissed Warner for a sixth time this year. Gone early on the fourth ball of the innings courtesy a brilliant catch by Ben Stokes in the second slip.

Archer was too hot for his national teammate, Jonny Bairstow. Bowling his second over, he castled Bairstow leaving the score 16-2 and giving hope to win the match.

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Manish Pandey and Vijay Shankar took the team home

But Manish Pandey and Vijay Shankar had other plans. They chased the score with 11 ball to spare without any further loss. The partnership of 140 runs was enough to earn them the fourth win of the season.

A brilliant display of batting by Pandey scored 83 runs off 47 balls that include four 4s and eight maximums. While he was hammering the bowlers all across the park, Vijay Shankar was holding the other end. Scoring at a low-rate but keeping his wicket. He finished with fifty for himself scoring 52 runs off 51 balls with six 4s. Shankar had early returned with the bowling figures of 15/1 in three overs.

Royals needed wickets to win the match but they weren’t able to. Jofra Archer was the only bowler to pick wickets. He returned with the figures of 21/2 in his four overs. The rest of the bowlers were expensive. Royals are now second from the bottom with just four wins in eleven attempts.

Manish Pandey, for his 83 runs off 47 balls with fours 4s and eight 6s, was the man of the match of the night.

Man of the Match: Manish Pandey

Result: Sunrisers Hyderabad win by 8 wickets

Points: Sunrisers Hyderabad 2, Rajasthan Royals 0