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IPL 2020: Sunrisers Hyderabad stay alive in playoff race after 8-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals

A 140-run third wicket partnership between Manish Pandey and Vijay Shankar helped Sunrisers Hyderabad to stay alive in the Indian Premier League 2020. With the help of Pandey’s 83 and Shankar’s 52 Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Rajasthan Royals by eight wickets on Thursday in Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Sunrisers were in trouble after the early dismissal of their openers David Warner (4) and Jonny Bairstow (10). SRH were 16/2 in the third over of the game.  

After electing to bowl first, Sunrisers Hyderabad bowlers maintained the pressure on the Royals throughout the inning. However, Rajasthan Royals managed to post a respectable total of 154 on the board in 20 overs. It was the lowest total by a team batting first at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in this season of IPL.

West Indies all-rounder Jason Holder was playing his match of the IPL 2020 bagged 3 wickets for 33 runs in 4 overs. Holder was the replacement of injured Australian all rounder Mitchell Marsh. Sunrisers star Rashid Khan was economical and effective during the game and bagged a wicket for 18 runs from 4 overs while all-rounder Vijay Shankar also managed a wicket for 15 runs from his 3 overs.

Chasing 154 of Royals, Sunrisers right-handed batsman Manish Pandey joined hands with all-rounder Vijay Shankar. Manish Pandey and Vijay Shankar together scored 140-runs for their team that leads to a successful run chase of the tournament for SRH.  

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With this eight wicket win, Sunrisers jumped to 5th, over Kings XI Punjab on the points table with 8 points from 10 games which keep them alive in the race for the playoffs. Royals languished at the seventh place after this loss which makes their journey difficult for the race of playoffs. in their encounters, Sunrisers will face inform Kings XI Punjab on Saturday while Rajasthan Royals will play against defending champion Mumbai Indians on Sunday.  

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