DUBAI: Sunrisers Hyderabad pulled off their first successful chase in this Indian Premier League after belting Rajasthan Royals by eight wickets yesterday.
Rajasthan laboured to 154-6 and Hyderabad overhauled it with 156-2 and 11 balls to spare.
Hyderabad’s first consecutive wins lifted it over Rajasthan to fifth in the standings while crippling the Royals’ hopes of making the top-four playoffs. The Royals must win their remaining three matches.
Manish Pandey and Vijay Shankar hit half-centuries as they combined for an unbeaten 140 runs when their side was 16-2 in the third over.
Pandey was summoned to the middle in the first over after David Warner was out to fast bowler Jofra Archer for the sixth time this year in all formats.
Shankar joined him after Jonny Bairstow was bowled by Archer in the third over.
After 10 overs, Hyderabad were in good shape at 79-2 and Pandey had a half-century from 28 balls.
Archer finished with sterling figures of 2-21 but Hyderabad was down to 24 runs needed off 24 balls and cruised home.
Pandey was 83 not out off 47 balls, including eight sixes, and Shankar reached 52 not out off 51, including the match-winning sixth boundary over midwicket.
Shankar also contributed with the ball, a cheap 1-15 and the prized wicket of Jos Buttler for 9.