IPL 2020: Pandey, Shankar, Holder star for Sunrisers Hyderabad
The batsmen make unbeaten fifties, while the West Indian all-rounder snaps up three wickets
Manish Pandey and Vijay Shankar unfurled crucial knocks while West Indian all-rounder Jason Holder impressed in his first outing as the Sunrisers Hyderabad scored a resounding victory over the Rajasthan Royals in Dubai on Thursday night.
Pandey, the IPL's first Indian centurion in 2009, and Shankar came up with unbeaten half-centuries, while Holder snapped up three wickets, as the 2016 champions and 2018 runners-up majestically strode to an eight-wicket win at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Chasing a target of 155 and needing three from the last 12 deliveries, Shankar smacked young pacer Kartik Tyagi for a boundary over midwicket to not only bring up his third IPL fifty but also put the finishing touches.
Pandey, meanwhile, led the line by waltzing to 83 from 47 deliveries, his 18th IPL half-century, as the Sunrisers won with 11 balls to spare. The 31-year-old showed intent, smashing eight sixes and four boundaries during his knock. It was his third fifty this season.
And he found the ideal foil in Shankar, who struck 52 from 51 balls with six boundaries, as the chase went like clockwork. The pair's unbroken stand for the third wicket was worth 140.
Much earlier, Holder, a late replacement for the injured MItchell Marsh and playing his first IPL match this season, picked three for 33 to keep the Royals down to 154-6.
It was their first successful run chase this season in five attempts and it vaulted them to fifth on the table.
"Enough talks had happened around the middle order. It was high time for us to perform. I had a word with (VVS) Laxman sir and the coaches. I didn't want too many thoughts. I just wanted to hold my shape and play my shots," Man of the Match Pandey said at the post-match presentation.
The Sunrisers Hyderabad had a wretched start with opener David Warner falling prey to Jofra Archer yet again. The English pacer has had the Australian's number and he swallowed the left-hander another time.
Archer peppered him with a few in the corridor of uncertainty and induced an edge that went a tad too high for Rahul Tewatiq at first slip. But he got him the next ball, having him squared up, before Ben Stokes took a brilliant catch at second slip by diving full length to his left.
Warner's opening partner Jonny Bairsrtow too joined him in the dugout after Archer's 149kmph delivery crashed into his stumps.
But Manish Pandey and Vijay Shankar steadied the chase with the former showing intent by giving an ideal riposte to the bowlers.
Earlier, Holder came up with a fine bowling show to help Sunrisers Hyderabad restrict the Rajasthan Royals.
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.
The wheels were suddenly starting to come off but the young Riyan Parag and Jofra Archer reignited them at the back end with quick 20 and 16 not out respectively.
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.
Not hungry tonight. ?? pic.twitter.com/aful628Icm- Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) October 22, 2020
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.
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) lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad: 156-2 in 18.1 overs (Manish Pandey 83 not out, Vijay Shankar 52 not out, Jofra Archer 2-21) by 8 wickets.
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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