Chasing 154, Sunrisers Hyderabad was in complete dumps after losing both David Warner and Johny Bairstow early. Everyone was surprised as struggling Vijay Shankar came out to bat. Commentators on-air were questioning the move – ‘where was the need to send Shankar ahead of others, he is struggling for runs. He will put pressure on Manish Pandey as well who is looking in sublime touch’
Struggled continued, Shankar was very shaky for the first few balls. He could only score 9 off 15 balls. The decision to promote was falling flat but then the young all-rounder turned the tables. He stitched a brilliant 140 runs stand with Manish Pandey to garner life-saving victory for Sunrisers.
SRH now has 8 points from 10 games and can still hope to qualify for IPL 2020 playoffs.