It was a stunning display by two talented Indian batsmen Manish Pandey and Vijay Shankar putting up an unbeaten 140-run-partnership of just 97 balls, that stole the show as the Sunrisers Hyderabad came on top of Rajasthan Royals by eight wickets and 11 balls to spare at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Thursday.
Put into bat first after losing the toss, the Rajasthan Royals got off to a decent start after they lost their opener Robin Uthappa to a run-out in the fourth over.
Sanju Samson and Ben Stokes added 56 runs for the second wicket before Samson(36) was bowled by Jason Holder in the 12th over as he tried to make room and play one towards point.
Ben Stokes(30) was quick to follow Samson as he was bowled by Rashid Khan in the very next over leaving Rajasthan with brand new batsmen out in the middle.
Rajasthan’s previous match hero Jos Buttler(9) and skipper Steve Smith(19) both coming down the order instead of their regular opening slot could not make much of a contribution and were dismissed cheaply.
Assam youngster Riyan Parag looked promising in his short stay but was dismissed for 20 off 12 deliveries by Jason Holder as tried to up the run-rate for the Royals in the 19th over.
The Rajasthan Royals eventually posted 154/6 at the end of their 20 overs which is the lowest first innings total at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in this season of IPL.
Coming out to chase a decent total the Sunrisers Hyderabad did not get off to the exact kind of start they would have wanted to as they lost both their openers David Warner and Jonny Bairstow early in the innings with just 16 runs on the board.
It was an unbeaten 140-run-partnership off just 97 deliveries for the third wicket between Manish Pandey and Vijay Shankar that made sure Sunrisers get past the Rajasthan total with ease as they brought up an easy win with eight wickets and 11 balls to spare.
Manish Pandey played a terrific knock as he scored an unbeaten 83 runs off just 47 deliveries and was very well supported by Vijay Shankar’s unbeaten 51-ball-52 who finished off the game with a boundary also to bring up his first half-century of the season.
Rajasthan Royals(RR) – 154/6(20/20 overs)
Sanju Samson 36(26)
Ben Stokes 30(32)
Jason Holder 3/33(4)
Vijay Shankar 1/15(3)
Sunrisers Hyderabad(SRH) – 156/2(18.1/20 overs)
Manish Pandey* 83(47)
Vijay Shankar* 52(51)
Jofra Archer 2/21(4)
Ankit Rajpoot 0/11(1)
SRH WON BY 8 WICKETS
Player of the Match – Manish Pandey
Dream11 Game Changer of the Match – Manish Pandey
Tata Altroz Super Striker of the Match – Manish Pandey
Unacademy Let’s crack it Sixes – Manish Pandey
Cred Power Player – Jofra Archer
TODAY’S MATCH – Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians
Venue – Sharjah Cricket Stadium
Toss – 7pm IST
Match Time – 7:30pm IST
Match can be viewed on the Star Sports Networkand the Disney + Hotstar VIP subscription
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