Indian Premier League, 2020

Rajasthan Royals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad - Match 40

Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai

Date & Time: 22 October 2020

Sunrisers Hyderabad 156/2

RR: 8.58 | Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Rajasthan Royals by 8 wickets


Batsman R B 4s 6s
David Warner c Ben Stokes & b Jofra Archerc Ben Stokes & b Jofra Archer4410
Jonny Bairstow bowled Jofra Archerbowled Jofra Archer10711
Manish Pandey not out not out 834748
Vijay Shankar not out not out 525160
Priyam Garg
Abdul Samad
Rashid Khan
Sandeep Sharma
T Natarajan
Jason Holder
Shahbaz Nadeem
Extras 7 (b 0, lb 1, w 6, nb 0)
Total 156 (2 Wkts, 18.1 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
4-1 (David Warner,0.4), 16-2 (Jonny Bairstow,2.4),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Jofra Archer4 0 21 2 5.25
Ankit Rajpoot1 0 11 0 11.00
Kartik Tyagi3.1 0 42 0 13.55
Ben Stokes2 0 24 0 12.00
Shreyas Gopal4 0 32 0 8.00
Rahul Tewatia4 0 25 0 6.25

Right then! We have had yet another great game in the Indian T20 League. Hyderabad were on the money right from the get-go and the batting duo of Manish Pandey and Vijay Shankar ensure that they end the night sitting fifth on the points table. Rajasthan, on the other hand, have some work to do if they are to make the playoffs this year. Their chances do look slim but they will look to bounce back in their next encounter. The action continues on Friday, 23rd October, 2020 as Chennai lock horns against Mumbai in Sharjah. That game begins at 1800 local (1400 GMT). It promises to be a cracker of a contest and we hope to see you for that one. Until then, goodbye! 

For his brilliant aggressive batting, Manish Pandey is named the Man of the Match. Pandey says that there was a lot of talk about the middle order and it was time to perform. Says he had a word with VVS Laxman and he was just looking to score his runs and clear his mind. Tells Warner and Bairstow are great batsmen and tonight they had the opportunity to prove themselves and is happy to stand here. Tells he was happy to see the back of Archer and they showed their mettle today. Manish says that the first ball that he middled, he thought that if he kept his shape on and continued it, then they would win. On Shankar, he says he was long due and today he stepped up and he is really happy for Shankar.

Hyderabad skipper, David Warner, says that it started off with the toss. Feels the way they started was fantastic and credits his bowlers for pulling things back after the Powerplay and tells this is the perfect game they were asking for. Warner says that he was frustrated as a batter. He says that you try your hardest to hit the middle of the bat and get through the first over but that did not happen. Warner tells that Smith could have either put him on or gone with the strength of his bowlers. Tells dew started to come in and the batters started to take advantage. Says it was unfortunate Kane Williamson did not play but Holder is a quality player and did well using his height. Says there has always been questions about their middle order but feels they have not had much to bat and congratulates Pandey and Shankar for their effort. Warner says that they are a better defending team and his decision tonight was based on the last few games. Tells they need to back themselves in both ways.

Vijay Shankar says that he has been bowling pretty well but says he does not know when he will get to bowl. He just stays ready to bowl whenever called upon. Tells that he is just trying to take the pace off on such wickets and feels that there is something onto the wicket and thinks cross-seam and taking pace off is key. Tells that they wanted to take the game deep and says they were aware Archer was going to come hard at them and it was a challenge. Tells he thought of this as a do-or-die game as he has not batted well and today was his chance to bat up the order. Shankar says it was important to take the game deep. Adds that he asked Pandey if he wanted him to take the charge as he did not want Manish to take all the pressure and get out playing a bad shot. Adds the chat with him out in the middle was a good one.

Rajasthan skipper, Steven Smith says that they started off well as Archer got two wickets early. Tells that after that they could not do anything and feels the pitch got easier to bat on. Credits Shankar for his innings and Pandey for taking the attack to them. Says in hindsight, he would have given Archer the third over. Tells there is no easy bait in this tournament and rues the fact that they have been unable to get back to back wins. Says they need to keep winning and is unsure about the mathematical qualification.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

Kartik Tyagi to Vijay Shankar, FOUR! That is it! FIFTY FOR VIJAY SHANKAR! He finishes the game off by getting to his milestone and in style! Short ball on off, Shankar pulls it through mid-wicket and gets to his fifty to seal the game for the Men in Orange and Black. HYDERABAD WIN BY 8 WICKETS!
Ben Stokes to Vijay Shankar, Back of a length ball around off, Vijay Shankar tucks it to square leg and keeps the strike. 
Ben Stokes to Manish Pandey, Slower ball on off, Pandey nudges it to long on and gets to the other end. Just 4 needed now.  
Ben Stokes to Manish Pandey, SIX! Whipped and done so brilliantly! Full on middle, Pandey wants to finish this early and he whips it all the way over mid-wicket fence for a biggie. 
Ben Stokes to Vijay Shankar, Full on leg but angling down leg side. Shankar looks to flick but misses and gets hit on the pad. The ball goes to the on side and they take a leg bye. 
Ben Stokes to Manish Pandey, WIDE! Slower bouncer but down the leg side. Pandey looks to pull but misses. Samson dives to his left but does not pick it cleanly, allowing them to get an extra run.
Ben Stokes to Vijay Shankar, Full on middle and leg, Vijay Shankar chips it over mid-wicket for a single. 
Ben Stokes to Vijay Shankar, Slower ball outside off, Shankar swings but misses. 

Ben Stokes is back on. 1-0-13-0 are his figures so far. 

Kartik Tyagi to Manish Pandey, SIX! Smoked! Brillant way to finish the over. Overpitched on middle, Manish Pandey smokes it over long on for a biggie. 
Kartik Tyagi to Manish Pandey, Bouncer! Pandey looks to pull but rescinds. 
Kartik Tyagi to Manish Pandey, Back of a length around leg, Pandey pulls but finds short mid-wicket.
Kartik Tyagi to Vijay Shankar, Crunched but just a single! Shortish on off, Shankar pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a run.
Kartik Tyagi to Manish Pandey, Another full toss, this one is low outside off. Pandey nudges it to cover for a single. 
Kartik Tyagi to Vijay Shankar, Full toss on off, Shankar pushes it towards mid off for a single. 

Kartik Tyagi is back into the attack for Rajasthan. 2-0-29-0 for him so far. He has been expensive so far.

DRINKS! Hyderabad have made small work of the chase by the looks of it. They just require 24 runs in the last 24 balls. It is all due to the partnership of Pandey and Shankar. Rajasthan, on the other hand, will need to pull off a miracle if they are to win this one. They need to remove one of these two batters and only then do they have a chance.

Jofra Archer to Vijay Shankar, On the pads, Shankar flicks it towards mid-wicket and keeps the strike.
Jofra Archer to Vijay Shankar, Short again. Shankar once again looks to guide it towards third man but misses. 
Jofra Archer to Vijay Shankar, Short ball, Shankar looks to play the upper cut but misses. 
Jofra Archer to Vijay Shankar, FOUR! Hat-trick of boundaries. Shankar goes over the strike rate of 100. Slower ball on middle, Shankar lofts it over the bowler's head for a boundary.
Jofra Archer to Vijay Shankar, FOUR! This time through the on side. Shortish on off, Shankar pulls it this time over mid-wicket and gets a boundary.
Jofra Archer to Vijay Shankar, FOUR! Excellent shot from Shankar! Good length ball on off, Shankar lifts it over mid off delightfully for a boundary.

Jofra Archer is back into the attack to bowl the last over of his spell. Can he provide a breakthrough?

Rahul Tewatia to Vijay Shankar, Floated on middle, Shankar flicks it to deep square leg and keeps the strike.
Rahul Tewatia to Vijay Shankar, On the stumps, Shankar defends it. 
Rahul Tewatia to Manish Pandey, Floated on off, Pandey strokes it to cover for a run.
Rahul Tewatia to Vijay Shankar, Flighted on off, Shankar plays it long on and rotates the strike. 100-run stand up for these two batters out in the middle. This could be the match winning partnership for Hyderabad.
Rahul Tewatia to Manish Pandey, Short on middle, Pandey punches it to long on for a single. 
Rahul Tewatia to Vijay Shankar, Poor ball from Tewatia. Down the leg side, Shankar tickles it to fine leg for one.
Shreyas Gopal to Manish Pandey, Loopy leg spinner on off, Pandey defends it to the left of the bowler. Shreyas Gopal goes after it and stops it himself.  Hyderabad going along this chase nicely in the 3rd gear. 42 needed off the remaining 6 overs. 
Shreyas Gopal to Vijay Shankar, On the pads, Shankar tickles it to deep square leg and gets to the other end. 
Shreyas Gopal to Manish Pandey, Short on off, Pandey punches it with ease to long on and rotates the strike. 
Shreyas Gopal to Vijay Shankar, Tossed up on off, Shankar chips it over extra cover for one. 44 needed in 39!
Shreyas Gopal to Vijay Shankar, Short around off, Shankar punches it to mid on. 
Shreyas Gopal to Vijay Shankar, Floated on off, Shankar tickles it towards backward square leg. Fanastic running by the two batters as they take two. Superb from Shankar.

Shreyas Gopal is back on.

Rahul Tewatia to Manish Pandey, SIX! What a night Pandey is having! What a clean strike this was! Pandey ends the over on a good note! Loopy around off, Pandey dances down the track and lofts this one down the ground for a biggie. 47 needed in 42 balls.
Rahul Tewatia to Vijay Shankar, Short ball around leg, Shankar tucks this to the deep square leg region for a single.
Rahul Tewatia to Manish Pandey, Flatter on middle, Pandey dances down the track and works this to the long on region for a single.
Rahul Tewatia to Vijay Shankar, Flighted ball around off, Shankar drives this one towards the long off region for one.

Rajasthan meet Hyderabad in match 40 of the Indian T20 League in Dubai. Ideally, both teams should have been on the same number of wins but Hyderabad managed to lose a game from a winning position against Kolkata. Rajasthan would be pumped up, especially after thumping Chennai and the return to form of Buttler. But is the middle order his rightful position? One wouldn't feel so. Stokes and Buttler would be better off swapping their batting positions. Hyderabad would be sweating on the fitness of Williamson but they have a ready replacement in Nabi. The last time these two teams met, it was a day game in Dubai itself, where Rajasthan snatched victory from defeat. Crucially, Tewatia showed that Rashid could be attacked and will aim to do so again. Hyderabad will be looking to exact revenge and also get 2 important points.

Rajasthan Royals Team Squad -Aniruddha Joshi,David Miller,Manan Vohra,Riyan Parag,Robin Uthappa,Steven Smith,Yashasvi Jaiswal,Ben Stokes,Mahipal Lomror,Rahul Tewatia,Shashank Singh,Tom Curran,Anuj Rawat,Jos Buttler,Sanju Samson,Akash Singh,Andrew Tye,Ankit Rajpoot,Jaydev Unadkat,Jofra Archer,Kartik Tyagi,Mayank Markande,Oshane Thomas,Shreyas Gopal,Varun Aaron

Sunrisers Hyderabad Team Squad -Bavanaka Sandeep,David Warner,Kane Williamson,Manish Pandey,Priyam Garg,Virat Singh,Abdul Samad,Abhishek Sharma,Fabian Allen,Jason Holder,Mohammad Nabi,Sanjay Yadav,Vijay Shankar,Jonny Bairstow,Shreevats Goswami,Wriddhiman Saha,Basil Thampi,Billy Stanlake,Khaleel Ahmed,Prithvi Raj,Rashid Khan,Sandeep Sharma,Shahbaz Nadeem,Siddarth Kaul,T Natarajan