Pandey and Holder ended the Sunrisers' contest after standing up

Jason Holder made an immediate impact and Sunrisers Hyderabad blocked the road with an eight-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League.

 

Pandey and Holder ended the Sunrisers' contest after standing up

David Warner's Sunrisers lost three games in a row but ended their deficit with an impressive performance in Dubai on Thursday.

 

Holder, the West Indies captain went unsold in the IPL auction but was prepared to replace the injured Mitchell Marsh last month, when he ran out Robin Uthappa in the first leg of the tournament.

 

Sanju Samson scored 36 and Ben Stokes 30 runs. Royals could only make 154-6 runs.

 

Jofra Archer blasted a powerful 16 and then removed Warner before bowling England teammate Johnny Bairstow in a quick burst.

 

The game went on 16-2 in the third over of the Sunrisers' reply, but a 140-run stand between Pandey (not out 83) and Vijay Shankar (52) helped Rajasthan beat Rajasthan.

 

Pandey was the chief aggressor, with the help of Shankar, who hit the winning runs off the first ball of the 19th over with the help of eight sixes off an excellent 47-ball 47 to take Sunrisers to fifth.

 

The holder grabs the opportunity

 

The all-rounder was given’ a chance after Ken Williamson's dismissal and he grabbed it with both hands.

 

He finished the opening stand of 30, made a quick useful piece to get Uthappa out with a straight hit, and then bowled the dangerous Samson with a slow ball, when he saw the previous delivery disappear from the six.

 

The holder did not end there, removing Stoll Smith and Ryan Parag from the supply chain. He bowled an impressive start with 11 dot balls in hand.

 

PANDEY PUMMELS ROYALS

 

Archer rocked the Sunrisers with an early miracle, with Stokes catching a good slip to ensure the Australian opener was dismissed’ six times in seven innings.

 

Bairstow also failed to turn, but Pandey and Shankar chased down the runs and accepted responsibility with the stand that took life out of the Royals.

 

Shankar was willing to score just one run as Pandey displayed a master display of time, strength and use of feet, reaching his half-century off 28 balls and finishing with a strike rate of 176.59.

 

Karthik Tyagi and Stokes hit three sixes. In this year's IPL innings, only Samson and Ishan Kishan have scored maximum runs with nine wickets.


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