Pandey, Shankar lead SRH to 8-wkt win over RR

Ross Houston
October 26, 2020

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On Sunday, Rajasthan Royals' eight-wicket win over defending champions Mumbai Indians at Dubai has shattered Chennai Super Kings' hopes of sealing a late playoff berth.

Earlier, Jason Holder's three-wicket haul helped SunRisers Hyderabad restrict Rajasthan Royals to 154/6 in the allotted twenty overs.

Kings XI Punjab, who are back on track again with three consecutive wins and excited by a big win in the previous match, will face each other in the Sunrisers Hyderabad Indian Premier League (IPL) with the aim of continuing their victory campaign in Dubai on Saturday.

The last time these two teams met in IPL 2020, SRH subjected the then best powerplay bowling side to 16 wicket-less overs, essentially snatching the game away from them before they could begin to chase.

In pursuit of a 155-run target, Manish Pandey (83 not out off 47 balls) played an authoritative innings with as many as eight sixes. We just need to keep winning and don't know how things will work for us mathematically, we have to keep winning, that's our job now. I actually didn't bat (faced) that many balls before this innings.

Archer was brought back in the 12th over to break the partnership, but Pandey and Shankar batted around him. I was frustrated in these games when you come against world-class bowlers. Nicholas Pooran has been a useful hand in the middle order for KXIP and notably led them to victory in their last match. I think teams that have nothing to lose can be quite unsafe at the backend of the tournament. While Williamson had missed out the last outing, Pandey and Sh'nkar's gritty knocks helped SRH cross the line easily against Rajasthan Royals. I still think that potential seven wins can get you through. Archer was bowling quick so it was important for me to stay at the wicket. "We had plans to see Jofra off", Pandey told host broadcaster Star Sports at the post-match presentation.

"You try to hit the ball with the middle of the racket or you send it to the third man". "And, being the senior most player, he was always there telling us which is a better ball to bowl and how to set a batsman up on this wicket", he said.

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