Manish Pandey and Vijay Shankar scored respective half centuries, as Sunrisers Hyderabad comfortably defeated the Rajasthan Royals by eight wickets in Dubai on Thursday.
Sunrisers included Jason Holder and Shahbaz Nadeem in place of the injured Kane Williamson and Basil Thampi, while Rajasthan went in with an unchanged line up.
After being sent in by SRH, RR got off to a decent start, with Robin Uthappa and Ben Stokes adding 30 runs for the opening wicket, before the former was run out by Jason Holder while going for an non existing single.
The pair of Stokes along with Sanju Samson stitched together a solid 56 run stand, before the latter was bowled by a slow off-cutter off Holder for 36.
In the very next over Stokes’ stay came to an end, as he was bowled by Rashid Khan. Jos Buttler who came at No 4, fell quickly as he was caught by Nadeem at point off Shankar in the 16th over.
In the 18th over, young Riyan Parag restored the momentum back to RR by smashing T Natrajan for 14 runs before the 18 year old was caught by Warner for a breezy 20.
Jofra Archer in the end smashed 16 off just 7 balls to take Rajasthan Royals to a competitive score of 154/6 at the end of their allotted 20 overs.
Jason Holder, playing his first game of the season was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3/33, while Vijay Shankar and Rashid Khan claimed a wicket each.
Chasing 155, Archer gave Royals a brilliant start by dismissing both David Warner and Jonny Bairstow within the first three overs, to reduce SRH to 16/2 in the third over.
The duo of Manish Pandey and Vijay Shankar anchored the innings with an unbroken 140 run stand for the third wicket, as Sunrisers chased the target of 155 with 11 balls to spare. Pandey finished on an unbeaten 47-ball 83, while Shankar was not out on 52.
The 31 year old Karnataka batsman was declared the Man of the Match for his swashbuckling knock.