In the match against Sunrisers Hyderabad, Rajasthan Royals were up against it after they only managed to score 154 runs from their 20 overs. They needed to have a brilliant opening spell from their strike-bowler Jofra Archer and he delivered exactly that.
Jofra Archer first up got David Warner with a series of outswingers in the very first over. Once the Australian was dismissed, Jofra Archer set his sights on his England teammate Jonny Bairstow in his next over. On the fourth ball of the over, he bowled a perfect in-swinger to go through the defenses of Jonny Bairstow, who was looking to go for an expansive cover drive. This ball was bowled at 149 kmph speed and beat Jonny Bairstow to hit the timber. Jofra Archer delivered a huge boost to RR’s chances by taking care of both the star openers of SRH on the score of just 16 runs.
Batting first, Rajasthan Royals openers were very slow off the blocks. Particularly, Ben Stokes was struggling with his timings. He wasted 32 deliveries for just 30 runs and RR never really had any momentum right through their innings. Sanju Samson tried to up the ante a bit in the middle but couldn’t consolidate further. Once Jos Buttler was dismissed cheaply, it was more than evident that RR will post a below par total on the surface. They ended up with 154 runs on the board as Jason Holder picked up 3 wickets in his first match of the season for SRH.
In reply, Jofra Archer provided RR a near perfect start by dismissing David Warner and Jonny Bairstow in his first two overs. But after that, Manish Pandey and Vijay Shankar came together for a match-winning partnership as they put on an unbeaten stand of 140 runs. Manish Pandey was menacing with his stroke-play and slammed 83 from 47 balls which also included 4 fours and 8 sixes. Vijay Shankar played a second-fiddle perfectly with an innings of 52 runs.