Dubai: After registering an emphatic eight-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals, Sunrisers Hyderabad batsman Manish Pandey on Thursday stated that he simply wanted to stay at the wicket and play his shots.
Sunrisers Hyderabad chased down the entire of 155 with eight wickets in hand and 11 balls to spare. Manish Pandey and Vijay Shankar performed unbeaten knocks of 83 and 52 respectively to take their staff over the road. For this effort, Pandey was additionally adjudged because the ‘Man of the Match’.
With this win, SunRisers Hyderabad has moved to the fifth place within the factors desk with eight points whereas Rajasthan Royals has gone down to the seventh place with eight points.
“High time for the top 3 to perform. 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. We had plans to see Jofra off,” Pandey advised host broadcaster Star Sports at the post-match presentation.
Archer had dismissed David Warner (4) and Jonny Bairstow (10) however Pandey and Shankar ensured that Sunrisers Hyderabad doesn’t lose wickets in a cluster.
“We had a plan to take on the leggies and Indian bowlers, and it paid off. The first ball I middled through covers and I tried to keep my shape. 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. We are trying to take positives from this match and we’ll try to keep it up for the rest of the tournament,” stated Pandey.
Earlier, Jason Holder’s three-wicket haul helped Sunrisers Hyderabad prohibit Rajasthan Royals to 154/6 within the allotted twenty overs.
Sanju Samson and Ben Stokes performed knocks of 36 and 30 respectively however the Royals saved on dropping wickets at common intervals and in consequence, the aspect was restricted to underneath 160-run mark.