Thursday, April 18, 2024

Holder helps Sunrisers to key win

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Dubai – West Indies Test captain Jason Holder made an impact in his first game of the Indian Premier League season, snatching three wickets to help fire Sunrisers Hyderabad to a comfortable eight-wicket victory over Jofra Archer’s Rajasthan Royals here yesterday.

A late call-up almost a month ago following a season-ending injury to Australian Mitchell Marsh, the top-ranked Test all-rounder grabbed three for 33 from his four overs and effected a run out to help restrict Royals to an inadequate 154 for six off their 20 overs.

In reply, Manish Pandey struck a Man-of-the-Match unbeaten 83 and Vijay Shankar, 52 not out, to steer Sunrisers to only their fourth win of the season with 11 balls to spare.

Speedster Archer, who bowled superbly to finish with two for 21 off his four overs, removed both openers cheaply to reduce Sunrisers to 16 for two in the third over but Pandey and Shankar put on 140 in an unbroken third wicket stand to deny Royals. (CMC)

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