What experts said as Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar punish listless Royals

Mayank Kumar

Mayank Kumar

Author| Oct 22, 7:13 PM

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The Sunrisers Hyderabad put on a clinical performance to trounce the Rajasthan Royals by eight wickets in a crucial encounter of the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League. The men in orange were chasing a modest total but lost two early wickets in their talismanic openers, Jonny Bairstow and David Warner. Then, Manish Pandey and Vijay Shankar teamed up to take the game away from the Royals and kept the Hyderabad franchise in the tournament.

Here is a compilation of what readers of the game had to say about the match between the Royals and the Sunrisers.

Captains’ take

The losing captain Steve Smith was all praise for Manish Pandey in the post-match interaction with Simon Doull. On the question of the outlook of the bowling performance from the team, Smith said that they had made a really good start but Manish Pandey took the game away from them albeit with some help from dew.

Discussing the possibility of giving Archer a third over on the trot to attack Manish Pandey early in his innings, Smith said that the option was on his mind and he had a talk with his teammates as well before deciding against it. However, with the benefit of hindsight, he said that he could well have given him the third straight over.

The winning captain David Warner was pleased with the performance and said that the game was just the sort of performance the team has been expecting for a long time. He also showed a bit of frustration about his batting and getting out in similar ways.

"It was a stunning performance. Starts with the toss where you questioned my decision to chase. We were able to bring them back after Powerplay. All in all, the kind of game we were asking for. I was frustrated in these games because in these games against world-class bowlers when there is a bit of seam or swing. And it is jagging at 150ks. And you are trying to get through the over. And the edge goes straight to hand,” Warner said in the post-match presentation ceremony.

Warner was impressed by what Jason Holder brings to the table for the Sunrisers team and he said that the Windies captain is an all-round package and the amount of experience he brings to the table is invaluable. “Jason adds an extra string to our bow. His height. His experience. And he couldn't bat today, but he is an all-round package,” Warner added.

Warner was also expressive about the fact that his team is showing signs of having a much-improved middle order after the batsmen at the number three and four positions led the team to this win. “It is just great to show people that we do have a middle-order. For them to come out and play like this, I am so happy for them. They showed they can build a platform for us to get across the line. Or set a big total. I am chuffed for them. 

Discussing his decision to chase against the Royals, Warner added that although the Sunrisers are a better team at defending totals, he made his decisions based on the outcome of the last two games along with cooler weather and the possible onset due in the latter half of the game. “We probably are a better defending team, but my decision to chase was based on the last two games. And the weather is cooler, with dew around, it might be flipping around for everyone," Warner added in his defence to field first.

Experts’ take

Cricket commentators tried to show the audience about the equality of the game and how it balances players in different situations. 

They saw Ben Stokes struggling to get going and expected that a break free shot was around the corner. When Sanju Samson got out to Holder in search of quick runs, the blame was on Stokes in Harsha’s views as the youngster tried to make up for a struggling batsman at the other end.

Harsha was highly impressed by Manish Pandey’s composure and the experience he brought on the field by guiding the team to a win after taking control of the game in the first over of the game.

Vijay Shankar wasn’t too far behind in the Harsha’s list of optimism for the Sunrisers and he said that Shankar should be batting at the number four position in the orange line up as an Indian batsman.

Cricket analyst and former Indian opener Aakash Chopra took out a piece of stats to show the level of Stokes’ struggle in the IPL 2020 so far as the left-hander has joined the list of batsmen who have not hit six after playing a considerably higher number of balls.

He was also left puzzled with Rajasthan's batting order and had suggested a par score on the pitch.

The showstopper of the night--Manish Pandey was also on the highlight of Aakash Chopra and he rated his inning as one of the best he has played in the IPL history.

Veteran cricket journalist Ayaz Memon came down hard on the famous trio of Butter, Smith and Stokes and pointed out that the Royals failed to seize the momentum after the 10th over when the team was 74/1. He also commended Jofra Archer for a ‘torrid’ spell of bowling but said that the score put on by the Royals was way below the par score on the Dubai’s pitch.


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  • Manish Pandey
  • Vijay Shankar
  • Jofra Archer
  • Jos Buttler
  • Steve Smith
  • SRH
  • RR
  • IPL 2020

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