David Warner’s SunRisers Hyderabad got handed a stunning assault by Rahul Tewatia and Riyan Parag as Rajasthan Royals stunned them by five wickets in Dubai. David Warner led the way after choosing to bat first, striking a patient 48 to keep his side in the game. With the help of Manish Pandey’s fifty and late flourishes from Kane Williamson and Priyam Garg, the hosts finished with a competitive 158.
SunRisers Hyderabad made one change by drafting Vijay Shankar for Abdul Samad for the seventh match of IPL 2020. The Orange Army could manage only 26 in the powerplay, sustaining the loss of Jonny Bairstow early on. Manish Pandey and David Warner shepherded the innings further; however, struggled to get the regular boundaries. Warner fell to Archer for 48 following which Kane Williamson and Priyam Garg launched some biggies.
Rajasthan Royals lost three wickets in the powerplay yet again, making a stunning move by sending in Ben Stokes to open with Jos Buttler. After Stokes’ departure, Buttler and Steve Smith perished as well. It was Sanju Samson and Robin Uthappa, who restored some sanity after which Riyan Parag and Rahul Tewatia drove the Royals home by five wickets. Tewatia secured the man of the match award for staying unbeaten at 45 off 28 deliveries.
“Lots of positives coming out and we’ll take it on to the next game” : David Warner
David Warner went on to laud Riyan Parag and Rahul Tewatia for performing exceptionally well at the backend. He lamented the execution of plans and admitted that they bowled the wrong ball in crunch situations and reckons they need to get their middle-order right. Warner revealed that the reason to bring in Vijay Shankar for Abdul Samad since the former gives the option of seam bowling. The 33-year old did not fail to acknowledge the positives and hope to come back strong the next game.
“Couldn’t get across the line there but it happens in cricket. [Holding Rashid back] We’ve done it in the past, we’ve held him back and tr and nullify some runs, but these two played exceptionally well. Tonight we probably – we didn’t mis-execute, but some of the decisions at the top of the mark weren’t there. And we probably bowled the wrong ball at the time.
Lots of positives coming out and we’ll take it on to the next game. We need to work out as these wickets get tired, how to bat through the first 6 and the middle, and then assess with our bowling. [Middle-overs batting] Yeah I’ve got some power there! But I’m obviously cooked in the middle. Look obviously Samad’s one of those guys. We thought bringing in Vijay today, playing in the middle and with long boundaries we thought that Vijay would probably give a bit more with the ball,” Warner told in the post-match presentation.