Holder takes three, Pandey and Shankar dominate as Sunrisers Hyderabad keep playoff hopes alive

Sunrisers Hyderabad 156 for 2 (Pandey 83*, Shankar 52*, Archer 2-21) beat Rajasthan Royals 154 for 6 (Samson 36, Stokes 30, Holder 3-33) by eight wickets

Manish Pandey‘s counter-attacking 83 not out off 47 balls, studded with four fours and eight sixes, nullified Jofra Archer’s opening burst in the second innings as the Sunrisers Hyderabad beat the Rajasthan Royals by eight wickets in Dubai. The win – their first in five attempts while chasing in IPL 2020 – lifted them to the fifth spot on the points table. While the Royals too have eight points, but at 11 matches they have played one more than the Sunrisers, and have therefore slid further away from playoff qualification.

After being put in, the Royals struggled to get going and could manage only 154 for 6, the lowest first-innings total by any team in Dubai this season. A big reason for that was Jason Holder, who came in for the injured Kane Williamson and picked up a three-wicket haul.

The Sunrisers didn’t have a great start to their chase either. Archer sent back David Warner and Jonny Bairstow by the third over but those turned to be the only two wickets the Royals managed in the whole game as Pandey and Vijay Shankar – who struck an unbeaten 51-ball 52 – added an unbeaten 140 for the third wicket and took the side home with 11 balls to spare.

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Source: ESPN Crickinfo

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