Match 40 of IPL 2020 happened today, between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals! David Warner won the toss and asked RR to bat first! Like in recent times, Stokes and Uthappa strolled out to bat and despite a slow start by Stokes, Uthappa cracked a number of boundaries and raced to 19 off just 13 balls! Just as Stokes was getting into the groove with a couple of boundaries, Uthappa got run-out to a very good throw by Holder, in the 4th over! Sanju Samson started flexing his muscles and drove Sandeep for a couple of boundaries and by the end of the Powerplay, RR were 47/1! However, the SRH bowlers cramped Stokes and were drying up the runs, making Samson go for the big shots. After a massive 6 off Holder, the bowler rattled Samson's stumps to leave RR on 86/2 after 12 overs! Stokes got out to Rashid Khan off the first ball of the 13th over and Buttler fell for 9 off 12 balls to Vijay Shankar, who was bowling a very tight spell!

After a very quiet couple of overs, Riyan Parag broke loose with a couple of 4s and a 6 of Natarajan's bowling in the 18th over. Holder came back to remove both Smith and Parag in the 19th over, with RR being on 141/6! However, Archer took on Natarajan again in the last over to take RR to 155/6, setting a target of 156 to win, for SRH! Archer had success in the very first over as he got Warner immediately after the batsman hit him for 4. Bairstow cracked a 4 and a 6 off Ankit Rajpoot's 2nd over but was bowled by Archer for 10 off 7 balls! By the end of the 3rd over, SRH were 16/2! Manish Pandey was joined by Vijay Shankar at the crease and the duo started off on a positive note with Pandey playing the aggressor. He hit a couple of 4s off Karthik Tyagi before smashing Stokes for a couple of 6s, in the 5th over! By the end of the Powerplay, SRH were 58/2 after a disastrous 6th over by Tyagi went for 18 runs! 

Shreyas Gopal and Rahul Tewatia bowled some tight overs in tandem but the SRH batsmen fancied Gopal and took his 11th over apart for 15 runs and Pandey got to a half-century off just balls. Archer was brought back to see if he could take a wicket but the batsmen played him out carefully! When Archer came back to bowl the 16th over, SRH needed just 37 runs from 30 balls but Vijay Shankar decided that he had played enough of the waiting game and smashed the first 3 balls of Archer's over for boundaries! This took the Pandey-Shankar partnership for a century, only the second such instance for SRH, between two Indian batsmen. The first such century partership between 2 Indian batsmen for SRH came in the 2013 Champions League, between Dhawan and Parthiv Patel. With both the batsmen in full flow and Shankar nearing his own half-century, SRH needed 3 runs off the last 2 overs. Shankar hit the first ball for a four, taking SRH to victory and also scoring a 50 off 51 balls! SRH move to the 5th place on the Points Table and being only the 4th team with a positive Net Run Rate, have a very good chance of qualifying for the Playoffs! Manish Pandey was deservedly chosen as the Player of the Match!