IPL 2020: Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Rajasthan Royals by 8 wickets
Well, this total has been chased down in the end with some ease by Hyderabad. They started off on the back foot as they lost Warner and Bairstow in the Powerplay. But it was the Indian duo of Manish Pandey and Vijay Shankar who stitched a good partnership of 140 runs. Manish scored 83 and Vijay Shankar scored a half-century in the process and they chase it down with 11 balls remaining. This is also the first victory by Hyderabad in a game where they are chasing in this year's tournament. This will boost their confidence going forward.
Hyderabad got off to a bad start with the bat chasing. They lost their big guns, Warner and Bairstow, right in the Powerplay. It was Warner's Arch-nemisis Archer who got rid of him and it was Bairstow's countrymate who got the better of him. It was the duo of Manish Pandey and Vijay Shankar who then steered the ship and did well to steady the innings. Manish Pandey was attacking right from the get-go. Shankar was more slower in his approach and did well to rotate the strike. Shankar later turned it on towards the end. These two added 140 runs for the third wicket and made sure that Hyderabad ended the night with 2 more points in their kitty.
Rajasthan got the start that they needed courtesy of their gun bowler Jofra Archer. He got rid of the explosive Warner and then followed it up by getting rid of Bairstow as well. After that, it was all Hyderabad. The bowling tonight by Rajasthan was poor after that and they did not claw back into the game. This was a low total and they needed to bowl well to defend this, but that did not happen tonight. Only Archer was good on the night.
Earlier in the day, Rajasthan started off with the bat. They posted a decent total on the board. None of the batters took responsibility to add runs on the board. They kept losing wickets at regular intervals and that did not help their cause. Jason Holder was the bowler who was amazing with the ball as he scalped up three wickets. The bowlers of Rajasthan needed to fire but they could not and then it was the duo of Pandey and Shankar who took their side home.