David Warner, SunRisers Hyderabad captain, was chuffed to bits after a whirlwind knock from Manish Pandey and a brilliant unbeaten half-century by Vijay Shankar guided his side to a much-needed eight-wicket win over the Rajasthan Royals.
This was the first time that SRH managed to chase down a target this IPL season. That said, while the fortunes of his side while chasing may have finally changed, his own fortunes against England pacer Jofra Archer are yet to. It was yet another day where Archer had Warner’s number as they took his 2020 tally of wickets of the Aussie swashbuckler to six.
Archer’s stranglehold over David Warner started during the white-ball fixtures between England and Australia before the start of the IPL. The tearaway quick got Warner dismissed on each of the four occasions, and he has managed to continue the trend in the ongoing season, having claimed his wicket in both outings.
Warner opened up about his continued struggles against Jofra Archer after SunRisers Hyderabad’s eight-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals, where he said-
‘It’s been a complete game’- David Warner
Chasing 155 against RR, SRH were dealt with a body-blow after Jofra Archer knocked over both David Warner and Jonny Bairstow in his first two overs.
However, post that, Manish Pandey took the run-chase by the scruff of its neck, smashing a whirlwind 47-ball 83, and along with Vijay Shankar [52 not-out], ensured that he took his side past the finishing line without any further hiccups. And, Warner was naturally happy about it.
“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 (Pandey and Shankar) getting the reward for their hard work,” David Warner said after the match.