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Sunrisers Hyderabad stay alive in playoff race with facile win over Rajasthan Royals

Written by Sandip G

October 23, 2020 1:04:53 am

Manish Pandey stamped his match-winning capabilities with a 47-ball 83. (Twitter/IPL)

Manish Pandey demonstrated that there’s extra to Sunrisers Hyderabad batting than the abroad huge weapons, thus preserving their slim knockout prospects burning. Chasing 155 in opposition to Rajasthan Royals, they misplaced David Warner and Jonny Bairstow upfront, however Pandey weathered the Jofra Archer-storm and smothered the remainder to carve an eight-wicket victory. Vijay Shankar performed the confederate function to perfection, crunching a half-century himself.

Pandey, the chase grasp

All through the sequence, Pandey has appeared fluent however with out making it rely. On Thursday although, he stamped his match-winning capabilities with a 47-ball 83, that steered Sunrisers to a facile victory.

It’s the context that multiplies the worth of the knock. Sunrisers had been languishing at seventh spot on the factors desk, making a last-gasp effort to qualify for the playoffs. Pandey walked into the center within the first over to face a tails-up Archer. The England tearaway quickly inflicted one other blow —bursting by way of the defences of Jonny Bairstow. At 16/2, their season was slipping down the slope.

However Pandey didn’t shrink. He launched a calculated assault —neutering Archer with warning and tearing younger Kartik Tyagi aside. He struck a brace of boundaries by way of the offside in his first over, earlier than thumping him for 2 sixes and a boundary in his subsequent.

Ultimately, he turned a shaky begin right into a stroll with ample assist from Shankar, with whom he placed on 140 runs. It was the form of authoritative knock that makes one marvel why his worldwide profession hasn’t fairly soared.

A Royal choke

Rashid Khan is the grasp of middle-overs choke. His very sight is sufficient for batsmen, even essentially the most daring ones, to dig a trench on the crease and conceal inside it. It’s the rationale the Afghan has bled solely 5.47 runs per over on this version. It’s not that he bowls extremely stifling traces and lengths, however the worry of deception he has infused into them.

Rashid conceded solely 20 runs in his 4 over. Nevertheless it was not him alone that put the brakes on Royals after a fairly brisk begin. He had an unseemly sidekick in Shankar. He isn’t fairly reputed for thrift, as his profession economic system price of 8.60 suggests. However in the previous couple of video games for Sunrisers, he has proved extremely troublesome to hit. A part of his revival is because of a concerted effort to bowl back-of-length quite than fuller. Whereas up to now he strove to bowl each supply as quick as he might, right here he was intentionally bowling inside himself, not offering batsmen the tempo to manoeuvre. The mixed figures of Rashid and Shankar within the center overs learn 7-0-35-1.

As a consequence, the Royals determined to focus on Jason Holder. Sanju Samson pulled him for a six however feathered an edge again onto his stumps the subsequent ball. And within the subsequent over, Rashid got here again to devour a listless Ben Stokes. His arrival was purported to gas Royals’ knockout pursuits. Quite the opposite, he has induced imbalance within the batting order. Jos Buttler was moved all the way down to No four which pushed Steve Smith to 5 and Rahul Tewatia to seven.

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