It was an emphatic win for SRH and with this win they move to no. 5 position in the points table due to a superior net run rate. It was a special mein as both the SRH openers who are the base of this batting lineup went cheaply and after that the two indian batsmen Manish Pandey and Vijay Shankar compiled an unbeaten partnership of 140 runs on 93 balls to hand them a much needed win. Before this partnership Jofra Archer came out with all the momentum of that last ball six and bowled some thunderbolts to dismiss Warner and Bairstow in his successive overs. But apart from Jofra no one looked good enough on the day and the pitch easing out a little also did not help. In the Rajasthan inning noone looked in touch apart from Sanju Samson who made 36 runs that means no half centuries were made in the first inning and crucial wickets at the back end of the death overs also did not help and Rajasthan ended with slightly below par score.
Steve Smith | Losing captain: We started well. Jofra taking two big wickets early but we couldn’t keep the foot on the pedal. Vijay played smart innings and Manish took the game on and played really nicely. I consulted a few other boys, it was talked about (giving Jofra another over up front) but opted against it and in hindsight, after what happened, probably would’ve given him one more over. It was on my mind. It (the wicket) got better as the game went on. It was slow and stopping in the first innings, it was one of those wickets which was quite hard to start on. We needed some more runs in the first innings. I can’t put my finger on anything, there are plenty of good players and good teams. We haven’t been able to pull back to back wins. We just need to keep winning and don’t know how things will work for us mathematically, we have to keep winning, that’s our job now.
David Warner: I think the way we started was fantastic. We were able to bring it back after the powerplay. It’s been a complete game, we have been asking for. Good to see two guys getting the reward. I was frustrated. You try hard to get through the first over, but with someone bowling at 150ks, you can’t do much. You can take him on. We saw a lot of dew last night during training, and it came in again. Jason adds strength to our bowling, his experience, he’s an all-round package. He’s a great inclusion. We do have a middle order, there are always question on it. 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.
Manish Pandey is the man of the match.