Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) registered a clinical 8-wicket victory over Rajasthan Royals (RR) on Thursday night in Dubai. A terrific batting show by Manish Pandey and Vijay Shankar helped SRH chasing down a 155-run target with 8 wickets to spare. But it was Jason Holder, whose best IPL bowling figures helped restricting RR at a low score.
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After registering an emphatic win over Rajasthan Royals, SRH skipper David Warner applauded Holder’s contribution, calling him a ‘great inclusion’.
“Jason adds strength to our bowling, his experience, he’s an all-round package. He’s a great inclusion,” said Warner at the post-match presentation.
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Before this game, a lot was talked about the SRH middle-order and its inconsistency. But it was all about just one face-off that turned the tables. The duo of Manish Pandey (83*)and Vijay Shankar (52*) put an unbeaten 140-run stand for the third wicket which happens to be the 4th best partnership in IPL history.
“It’s good to show people that we do have a middle-order. We haven’t lost early wickets before, so they haven’t got a chance. I have said in the past, we are a better defending team. You have to back yourself, no matter what, even in this cold weather and when the dew comes in,” said Warner.
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Sunrisers Hyderabad are now scheduled to face Kings XI Punjab on Saturday, October 24 at the Dubai International Stadium.