SRH keep playoff hopes alive
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) returned to winning ways after they beat Rajasthan Royals (RR) by eight wickets in Match 40 of the Dream11 Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Thursday.
Defending 154, RR were off to a fine start after Ben Stokes took a flying catch in the second slip to get David Warner out in the first over off Jofra Archer.
The right-arm pacer struck for the second time in the powerplay as he disturbed the timber to dismiss Jonny Bairstow in the third over.
Manish Pandey, though, came out all guns blazing. He hammered 83* (47 balls, 4x4; 8x6), and along with Vijay Shankar (52 not out), the two put up an unbroken 140-run stand off 93 balls to seal an eight-wicket win with 11 balls to spare. The 100-run stand came in the 15th over.
Earlier, RR retained the same playing XI while SRH made two changes to their line-up, bringing in Shahbaz Nadeem and Jason Holder in place of Basil Thampi and injured Kane Williamson.
RR were 118/4 after 17 overs and needed some quick runs. Riyan Parag took on T Natarajan in the 18th over, hitting him for two fours and a six. However, SRH struck through Holder as he dismissed both – Smith and Riyan Parag – in the penultimate over. While Smith was caught at long-on by Manish Pandey, Riyan Parag was dismissed after David Warner completed a fine catch running backwards from mid-off. It was only the duo of Stokes and Samson who completed a 50-run stand in the 12th over, but lost both in quick succession. First, Samson got out for 36 after Holder picked his first wicket of the match, while Stokes got 30.
Steve Smith and Jos Buttler took RR past hundred in the 15th over, Vijay Shankar got Buttler out for 9 after the batsman was caught at backward point by Shahbaz Nadeem.
Jofra Archer played a cameo of 16* off 7 balls as RR eventually posted 154/6 on the board.
RR: 154/6 (Sanju Samson 36, Ben Stokes 30; Jason Holder 3/33)
SRH: 156/2 (Manish Pandey 83*, Vijay Shankar 52*, Jofra Archer 2/21)