IPL 2020: Holder helps Sunrisers Hyderabad restrict Rajasthan Royals
The West Indian all-rounder takes three wickets
West Indian all-rounder Jason Holder came up with a fine bowling show to help Sunrisers Hyderabad restrict the Rajasthan Royals in Dubai on Thursday night.
Holder, who came in as an injury replacement for Mitchell Marsh, snapped up three wickets as the Royals mustered 154-6 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Sanju Samson top scored with 36 from 26 deliveries that had three boundaries and a six, while Ben Stokes made an uncharacteristic 30 from 32 balls with two fours.
Then, the young Riyan Parag and Jofra Archer reignited them at the back end with a quick 20 and 16 not out respectively.
Earlier, Rajasthan Royals opener Robin Uthappa once again got a start but a rush of blood saw the Karnataka batsman being run out.
Uthappa began with a neat flick over square leg for his lone six off Sandeep Sharma in the third over. He then flat-batted Sharma for a boundary past long on as he raced to 19 from 13 balls. Earlier, in the second over, he had crisply cover drove all-rounder Jason Holder for a boundary. Uthappa's opening partner Stokes too joined in and belted Holder for successive boundaries in the next over. But there was to be drama as Uthappa called for a single when there wasn't one after Stokes played it infield. Uthappa hastily made a retreat but an alert Holder was on target.
The Royals lost their first wicket for 30 in 3.3 overs but Samson and Stokes kept at it with the former playing some eye-catching shots.
Samson began with back-to-back exquisitely timed cover drives that pierced the field for boundaries. The second was even better than the first, straight out of the textbook, the stance and the follow-through, which even Rahul Dravid would've been proud of.
It was bitter-sweet for Stokes though as he kept finding the fielders. The Royals managed to get 47 from the powerplay as Stokes continued to live dangerously, with the ball dropping short of fielders on multiple occasions.
Vijay Shankar, in fact, failed to hold on to a difficult one at deep midwicket after Stoked had failed to read Rashid Khan's wrong 'un.
The Royals reached 74 for one in 10 overs with Stokes and Samson bringing up the 50-run partnership for the second wicket in 48 balls.
But their fruitful stand came to an end with Holder getting his revenge after Samson had struck the West Indian for a stand-and-deliver six off a bouncer. Samson tried to work him but was bowled through the gate.
Stokes too fell in the next over after he deflected Rashid Khan onto his stumps. With Jos Buttler failing to fire, the wheels came off as the Royals stuttered at the back end.
Parag and Archer came up with cameos as the Royals finished with that score.
Rajasthan Royals: 154-6 in 20 overs (Sanju Samson 36, Ben Stokes 30, Riyan Parag 20, Robin Uthappa 19, Steve Smith 19, Jofra Archer 16 not out, Jason Holder 3-33) vs Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Rajasthan Royals: Ben Stokes, Robin Uthappa, Sanju Samson (wk), Steven Smith (C), Jos Buttler, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Ankit Rajpoot, Kartik Tyagi.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (C), Jonny Bairstow (wk), Priyam Garg, Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Abdul Samad, Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan.
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