RR vs SRH, IPL 2020 Highlights: Pandey, Shankar help Sunrisers beat Royals by eight wickets

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Manish Pandey and Viijay Shankar

Manish Pandey and Viijay Shankar's partnership takes Sunrisers closer to victory.   -  BCCI/IPL

This was Santadeep Dey bringing you LIVE commentary of IPL 2020: RR vs SRH in Dubai.


HIGHLIGHTS

AWARDS

Gamechanger of the match: Manish Pandey

Super Striker of the match: Manish Pandey

#LetsCrackIt Sixes award: Manish Pandey

Powerplayer of the day: Jofra Archer

MAN OF THE MATCH: Manish Pandey


WHAT THEY SAID

Manish Pandey, MoM: 
I just wanted to stay on the wicket and play my shots. Really happy that it came off today. We had the opportunity to win the game for SRH, really happy I'm standing here. I was hitting it well and I tried to get my team over the line. Vijay was also long due and he stepped up batting at 4. He has been bowling well too. We are trying to take positives from this match and we'll try to keep it up for the rest of the tournament.

David Warner:
 I think the way we started was fantastic. We were able to bring it back after the powerplay. It's been a complete game, we have been asking for. Good to see two guys getting the reward. We do have a middle order, there are always questions on it. We haven't lost early wickets before, so they haven't got a chance. I have said in the past, we are a better defending team.

Vijay Shankar
: I have been bowling pretty well. I don't know when I will get the ball so I just wanted to be ready whenever I'm called. I tried to take pace off, hit the hard length and bowl cross-seamed. We just thought we should take the game deep. We knew Jofra will come hard at us. Personally this was a do-or-die game for me. I batted just 18 balls prior to this. It was a good challenge and I was looking forward to something like this because it will give me a lot of confidence if I do well in that situation.

Steve Smith, losing captain: We started well. Jofra taking two big wickets early but we couldn't keep the foot on the pedal. Vijay played smart innings and Manish took the game on and played really nicely. The wicket got better as the game went on. It was slow and stopping in the first innings, it was one of those wickets which was quite hard to start on. We needed some more runs in the first innings.

RESULT: Sunrisers Hyderabad beats Rajasthan Royals by eight wickets


SRH 156/2 after 18.1 overs:
Shankar does the honours - hits a four off Tyagi and gets to his fifty (off 51 deliveries) and the win in style. This is SRH's first win chasing and the win pushes them to the fifth spot, courtesy a better NRR.

SRH 152/2 after 18 overs: Pandey whips an overcooked delivery by Stokes over deep midwicket for a six. Just three required for SRH now. The next over, in all likelihood, should be the one.

SRH 140/2 after 17 overs: Pandey and Shankar have now successfully stitched together the highest third-wicket partnership in IPL 2020. Pandey is on a roll - he takes on Tyagi again to go straight down the ground. Moreover, he is making all of this look absolutely effortless!

SRH 131/2 after 16 overs: Legendary stuff this from Shankar! 4, 4, 4, he goes off the first three balls of Archer's last over. Archer, however, comes back well to hit the deck hard and short. The added bounce troubles Shankar, who tries to lift it over the head of the keeper but in vain. Time for the final strategic timeout of the day.

SRH 118/2 after 15 overs: Tewatia and Shankar have done well to keep the rampant runs coming off Pandey's blade in check. But with a target so low, Smith would be looking for more than just miserly overs. One good over may change the scenario altogether. Wickets are the only way Rajasthan is going to extract something from this contest. Tewatia bowls out with figures of 4-0-25-0

SRH 113/2 after 14 overs: Gopal keeps things tight this over to concede only five runs. SRH needs 42 off 36 deliveries.

SRH 108/2 after 13 overs: It was all nice and cheap from Tewatia until Pandey decided to dance down the track and execute the cleanest of shots to the stands. That sounded so good when it came off the willow!

Manish Pandey and Viijay Shankar

Manish Pandey and Viijay Shankar's partnership takes Sunrisers closer to victory.   -  BCCI/IPL

 

SRH 97/2 after 12 overs: Archer is back to bowl his third and that can only mean one thing. Smith's going for the kill! Pandey and Shankar, aware of the same, decide to play this over out.

SRH 94/2 after 11 overs: Stokes puts himself on the line, straight down the ground, to try and stop a boundary by Pandey. However, the pace on that ensures that the ball trickles down to the ropes. Shankar plays two back-to-back quality shots towards deep extra cover for boundaries and needs to execute more of those.

SRH 79/2 after 10 overs: Tewatia comes back with yet another economical over - just three off it. Shankar, who is an excellent player of spin, needs to find his mojo and quick, to avoid putting any unnecessary pressure on Pandey.

SRH 76/2 after 9 overs: Gopal to continue. There is a confident appeal off the second delivery as the ball brushes Pandey's pad flap. A review shows that the impact was outside off and the on-field umpire's decision of 'Not Out' is stuck to. Pandey muscles a SIX over deep midwicket to move to 49. A single off the next delivery, sees him reach his half-century off only 28 balls. Time for the strategic timeout.

Manish Pandey

Manish Pandey scored a fifty off 28 balls.   -  BCCI/IPL

 

SRH 68/2 after 8 overs: Tewatia to bowl legspin from the other end as well. A run a ball from this over, as RR looks to put the brakes on the run flow.

SRH 62/2 after 7 overs: Smith to operate spin from one end and it will be Shreyas Gopal, who would be eager to provide RR the breakthrough. Shankar and Pandey take no unnecessary risk this over and resort to the ones.

SRH 58/2 after 6 overs: Pandey does not time the flat-batted shot well but Tyagi's pace would see the ball race away to the boundary. And he is making a statement here, is Pandey! Tyagi pitched another short and the 31-year-old has dispatched this towards the cow corner. The Pandey-monium, however, continues as the last ball flies over mid-on too. 18 off that over and Warner looks a happy man in the dugout.

SRH 40/2 after 5 overs: Pandey's gradually stepping on the gas in Dubai. Stokes is his target now as he slams a maximum over deep square leg. Oh, and another... and this time he goes exploring the midwicket area!

SRH 27/2 after 4 overs: Kartik Tyagi is being hunted down by Manish Pandey. You cannot bowl it that short and wide of the off stump, especially when a batsman is looking to attack you from the word go. Pandey, being allowed all the room to free his arms, has bludgeoned this one through extra cover for a boundary. Another loose ball follows and Pandey slaps Tyagi through the same zone.

SRH 16/2 after 3 overs: Archer roars and soars and there is simply no looking back for the 25-year-old pacer! A 149kmph ripper zips right through the gates to crash onto the stumps as Bairstow saunters back to the dugout. Vijay Shankar has been sent in to face the not-so-sweet chin music alongside Manish Pandey.

Jonny Bairstow's wicket

The stumps light up as Jofra Archer removes Jonny Bairstow.   -  BCCI/IPL

 

SRH 15/1 after 2 overs: Bairstow gets off the mark with a fine boundary through the covers. A top edge flies over Samson's head for a maximum next and the pressure is telling on Rajpoot. It shows when he bowls one down leg to gift an extra to the opponent.

SRH 4/1 after 1 over: How many times has Archer gotten the better of Warner exactly now? The trend continues after Warner edges an outswinger to Stokes at second slip. He was almost as good as gone off the previous delivery itself but it flew only inches away from a leaping Tewatia's outstretched arms at first slip.

- Steve Smith delivering the pep talk for his boys. Bairstow and Warner to open. Two slips in place for Jofra Archer.

SRH INNINGS

WHAT THEY SAID

Jason Holder: It's been a long time, few years off the IPL circuit, good to be back. I was pleased with the way I bowled. Just tried to think a little ahead of the batters. It's hard in these grounds with the ways these guys are playing these days. I think it is a par total, something we can chase. I think it's slow, got better as it went on. There's a bit of dew starting to form, maybe will be a bit difficult in the second half for the bowlers trying to grip the ball. With the dew factor now, I think it's something we can definitely chase.

Sunrisers Hyderabad needs 155 to win.


RR 154/6 after 20 overs:
OH. MY. GOD! Is there something Archer cannot do? He scoops Natarajan over fine leg for a four, which was looking like it would go all the way when it came off his willow. Unbelievable. The pressure is right back onto the bowler and that shows when he bowls what maybe the biggest wide of this season. That wasn't even in the frame. Cheers to Bairstow, who did well to dive and stop this from running down to the ropes. And Archer goes downtown off a full toss to end it all with a maximum off the final ball.

RR 141/6 after 19 overs: Holder gets another and this time it is the prized scalp of the captain. Smith got under this full delivery but couldn't quite manage to get the required elevation, holing it out to Manish Pandey at long on. The West Indies all-rounder picks up his third off his second legitimate ball after Warner holds on to a skier at mid-off post a few bobbles.

Jason Holder

Jason Holder - the game changer of the night?   -  BCCI/IPL

 

RR 134/4 after 18 overs: Parag breathes some life into the RR scoreboard with a cheeky lift over long leg for a boundary. He follows that up with an 88-metre maximum over cover which sees Stokes going "Okay, what?!" in the dugout. Seems like he is not done punishing Natarajan yet. He opens the face of his bat and guides the penultimate ball of the over between third man and backward point for a boundary.

RR 118/4 after 17 overs: Sharma's back. Parag and Smith, surprisingly, mostly resort to the singles. Only five off that over. By the way, where is Rahul Tewatia?

RR 113/4 after 16 overs: Smith welcomes Shankar with a fine boundary towards deep midwicket. The latter, however, comes back well to remove Buttler only two balls later. This was a slower delivery. Buttler stepped out, the bat turned in his hand, and he ended up miscuing this straight to Nadeem at backward point. The second strategic timeout has been taken in this innings, following which Parag has stepped out to partner his skipper in the middle.

Sunrisers Hyderabad

Sunrisers Hyderabad players celebrate the dismissal of Jos Buttler.   -  BCCI/IPL

 

RR 105/3 after 15 overs: Rashid bowls out and his figures would not only reveal that he has been as economical as ever but also the fact that the Afghan spinner bagged the big wicket of Stokes - 4-0-20-1. He conceded six off his last.

RR 99/3 after 14 overs: Steve Smith backs away and slices this just wide of Rashid at backward point to see the ball race away to the boundary. Not a bad over from Shahbaz Nadeem, this, but the Aussie just got lucky off the last ball.

RR 90/3 after 13 overs: Rashid joins the party! Stokes misses the line completely as the ball turns slightly into him and takes a deflection off the England all-rounder's pads to go on to rock the sticks. The dismissal brings the skipper out in the middle.

Rashid Khan

Rashid Khan cleans up Ben Stokes   -  BCCI/IPL

 

RR 86/2 after 12 overs: Samson goes Halla Bol! and butchers a shorter one off Holder over midwicket for only the second SIX of the day. But, but, but... the big man has the last laugh as he cleans Samson up with the slower variety in the very next ball. That brings Buttler in at No. 4.

RR 77/1 after 11 overs: Stokes shuffles across and misses the scoop off Shankar's first by miles. That has more or less been the story of the day... or the season, maybe? Is Jos Buttler a better option for RR as an opener? Three deliveries down, he gets an underedge back to the bowler as Rajasthan is still looking to accelerate. There is an appeal from the bowler for LBW as Samson looks to swipe it across but Warner isn't interested in a review.

RR 74/1 after 10 overs: We are halfway through the first innings and RR would be the happier side, for the very fact that it has lost just one wicket, thus far. Samson has been striking it well but Stokes has struggled. Rashid's over goes for a run a ball.

RR 68/1 after 9 overs: Samson welcomes Natarajan with a four. It was a shorter delivery and the Kerala 'keeper-batsman has pulled this over midwicket. Time for the strategic timeout.

RR 57/1 after 8 overs: Rashid to try and spin a web around RR now. The sweeper has been stationed very fine, with Warner knowing about Stokes' penchant to switch gears. And that grants Stokes another lifeline as the ball dips only a few yards short of Abdul Samad yet again. To make matters worse, Shankar, who is normally known to be as safe as houses, drops Stokes on 17, later in the over.

RR 53/1 after 7 overs: The batsmen, especially Stokes, seem to be fighting the conditions in the 'Ring of Fire'. T Natarajan, the bowler, meanwhile, continues to make life further difficult with his ability to bowl the yorkers at will, even with the new ball.

RR 47/1 after 6 overs: Vijay Shankar has been brought into the attack. Stokes would consider himself lucky after the very first ball of the over fell just short of Rashid Khan at deep backward square leg. SRH is looking good on the field as well - Manish Pandey's diving effort to stop what would have been a boundary had he let it through at backward point is worth mentioning.

RR 43/1 after 5 overs: Samson gets into the perfect position before hammering two consecutive boundaries off Sharma. The cover drive, off the fifth, was nothing short of mouthwatering!

RR 33/1 after 4 overs: Back-to-back boundaries from Stokes followed by a weird dismissal that sees the back of Uthappa, who was looking to be in fine touch. There was absolutely no hint of a single there and Uthappa goes campering way down the track even as Stokes got cramped for room. Uthappa, slow on the turn, was way short when Holder's deadly, accurate throw lit up the stumps at the non-striker's end. Sanju Samson walks in.

Sunrisers Hyderabad

Jason Holder celebrates Robin Uthappa's wicket with his SRH teammates.   -  BCCI/IPL

 

RR 22/0 after 3 overs: A wristy flick from the former KKR cricketer sees a Sharma inswinger disappear into the stands at deep backward square leg for the first maximum of the night. He is, however, hardly done yet as he crunches another boundary down the ground to end the over on a high.

RR 9/0 after 2 overs: Jason Holder, who has replaced Kane Williamson in the Playing XI tonight, will be bowling his first. He pitches it short twice and Uthappa, expecting the ball to do more, is drawn in to play two awkward-looking shots. The Barbadian alters his length, hitting it way up, and Uthappa punches this one away through extra cover for a boundary.

RR 3/0 after 1 over: There is a bit of movement on the ball as Robin Uthappa gets off the mark with a single straightaway. Someone cried, "Catch it," as Ben Stokes nudged one away to the cover region but the ball lands in a safe zone.

- David Warner having the final word with his teammates before the men in orange take their respective positions on the field. Robin Uthappa will face ball one, with Ben Stokes accompanying him at the other end. Sandeep Sharma will be bowling the first over.

RR INNINGS

PLAYING XI

RR:
Ben Stokes, Robin Uthappa, Sanju Samson (w), Steven Smith (c), Jos Buttler, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Ankit Rajpoot, Kartik Tyagi

SRH: David Warner (c), Jonny Bairstow (w), Priyam Garg, Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Abdul Samad, Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan

WHAT THEY SAID

Steve Smith, RR captain: I was looking to bat. We have been playing the IPL for a long time. It was a good win the other night. We are heading in the right direction, playing good cricket. You got to play well to make it to the finals and you need to peak at the right time. Going with the same team.

RR vs SRH

Rajasthan Royals emerged victorious the last time it faced Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2020.   -  BCCI/IPL

 

David Warner, SRH skipper: We are going to bowl. We have the big man Holder coming in. Nadeem comes in for Thampi. I am always nice and calm. Have had time to relax.

TOSS

David Warner wins toss. SRH to field first.


PITCH REPORT

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PITCH REPORT: "It's a great surface. There's a smattering of grass, but underneath it is hard. Many teams know this track inside out. Any side has to do what they are comfortable with. There's a little bit of dew settling in. The outfield is a bit faster and the batsmen are getting enough pace to work with," reckon Murali Kartik and Kumar Sangakkara.   -  BCCI/IPL

 

MATCH PREVIEW BY P. K. AJITH KUMAR

Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad will come face to face on Thursday at the Dubai International Stadium for the second time in 11 days. Neither side can afford to lose as the battle heats up for a IPL 2020 Playoffs berth.

Rajasthan has eight points from 10 games, while Hyderabad has six from nine. If this game produces even half the drama as the first encounter, cricket fans will not complain. The Royals were down and nearly out when Rahul Tewatia played the role of the saviour to perfection for the second time this season. If he did it all alone against Kings XI Punjab – with five sixes off a Sheldon Cottrell over – this time around, he had company in the form of the young Riyan Parag.

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The men in pink are in a more confident frame of mind, too. In their last game, they romped home to an easy seven-wicket win over the beleaguered Chennai Super Kings.

Sunrisers, on the other hand, haven't tasted victory in their last three matches.

The loss in the Super Over to Kolkata Knight Riders in the last game must have hurt David Warner's men.

The Dream11 IPL trophy

IPL 2020: What the teams are playing for   -  BCCI/IPL

The captain, who dropped down to No. 4 from his usual position as opener, had made an unbeaten, 33-ball 47. However,  had he scored just one more run, he could have given his team what would have been a much-needed win. He will want to make amends.

SRH also needs runs from the overseas pros at the top of the order – Jonny Bairstow and Kane Williamson. When you add Manish Pandey, the batting indeed looks formidable.

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Leg-spinner Rashid Khan's and left-arm seamer T. Natarajan have been consistent with the ball. But they will be up against a Royals batting line-up that has come back into form.

Jos Buttler and Steve Smith seem to have regained their touch, but the Royals will be hoping Sanju Samson is amongst runs too; he has disappointed after posting 70-plus scores in the first two matches.

Jofra Archer has been magnificent with the ball. The England fast bowler has been one of the shining stars in this IPL. Teenager Kartik Tyagi is the only other seamer to have impressed for Royals, so the team will continue to depend quite a bit on the leg-spin of Shreyas Gopal and Rahul Tewatia.

The side will also hope that the world's premier all-rounder Ben Stokes comes up with something special.


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HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD

The two teams have faced each other 12 times in the IPL so far, and the honours have been shared between the two sides.



Last IPL meeting:

RR (163/5 in 19.5 overs) beat SRH (158/4 in 20 overs) by 5 wickets.

Earlier this season, the sides had squared off in Dubai on October 11, Sunday. The Rajasthan-based franchise handed the Hyderabad-based side a five-wicket win as youngsters Riyan Parag (42*) and Rahul Tewatia (45*) put on a match-winning 85-run partnership for the sixth wicket.

IPL 2020 Form guide:

RR has lost three its last five games but goes in to the next encounter on the back of a win.

SRH has lost four of its last five encounters and is currently sitting on a three-match losing streak.

Current position in the table:

RR is placed sixth in the points table after bagging eight points from 10 matches. The side has won four matches and lost as six.

SRH, after three wins and six losses from nine matches, currently sits seventh in the points table with six points.

Top performers so far - SRH :

Top-scorersTop wicket-takers
David Warner (331)Rashid Khan (11)
Jonny Bairstow (316)T. Natarajan (11)
Manish Pandey (212)Khaleel Ahmed (8)

 

Top performers so far - RR :

Top-scorersTop wicket-takers
Jos Buttler (262)Jofra Archer (13)
Steve Smith (246)Rahul Tewatia (7)
Sanju Samson (236)Shreyas Gopal (7)


TOP FIVE PLAYERS WITH MOST POINTS IN FANTASY SQUADS

1. Jofra Archer (RR) - 217 points
2. Rahul Tewatia (RR) - 189.5 points
3. Rashid Khan (SRH) - 146 points
4. Jonny Bairstow (SRH) - 124.5 points
5. T Natarajan (SRH) - 118.5 points

PREDICTED XI

RR: Robin Uthappa, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson (w), Steven Smith (c), Jos Buttler, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Ankit Rajpoot, Kartik Tyagi

SRH: David Warner (c), Jonny Bairstow (w), Manish Pandey, Jason Holder, Priyam Garg, Vijay Shankar, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan, Basil Thampi

NUMBER-CRUNCHING

  • Highest run-getter: KL Rahul (540)
  • Highest wicket-taker: Kagiso Rabada (21)
  • Highest individual score: KL Rahul (132*)
  • Best bowling figures: Jasprit Bumrah (4/20)
  • Best economy: Lockie Ferguson (4.00)
  • Most fours: Shikhar Dhawan (51)
  • Most sixes: Nicholas Pooran (22)
  • Fastest ball: Anrich Nortje (156.22 kmph)
  • Biggest six: Nicholas Pooran (106m)
  • Fastest fifty: Nicholas Pooran (17 balls)
  • Fastest century: Mayank Agarwal (45 balls)

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SQUADS

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

Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner (c), Jonny Bairstow, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Shreevats Goswami, Virat Singh, Priyam Garg, Wriddhiman Saha, Abdul Samad, Vijay Shankar, T Natarajan, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Jason Holder, Abhishek Sharma, B. Sandeep, Sanjay Yadav, Fabian Allen, Prithvi Raj Yarra, Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Siddharth Kaul, Billy Stanlake, and Basil Thampi


IPL 2020 POINTS TABLE

TEAMSPWLPointsNRR
Delhi Capitals107314+0.774
Royal Challengers Bangalore107314+0.182
Mumbai Indians96312+1.201
Kolkata Knight Riders105510-0.828
Kings XI Punjab10468-0.177
Rajasthan Royals10468-0.591
Sunrisers Hyderabad9366+0.008
Chennai Super Kings10376-0.463


WHERE TO WATCH IPL 2020 - RAJASTHAN ROYALS VS SUNRISERS HYDERABAD LIVE?

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