Manish Pandey’s 83* Helps SRH Post 175/3 Against CSK in Chennai
Manish Pandey was back in his element as his unbeaten 83 off 49 balls powered Sunrisers Hyderabad to a fighting 175 for 3 against Chennai Super Kings in an IPL match on Tuesday.
Pandey and the season’s current leading run-scorer David Warner (57 off 45 balls) added 115 runs for the second wicket to lay the foundation for a decent score on what was the best batting track on offer at the Chepauk this IPL 2019.
Veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh struck an early blow, sending back the in-form Jonny Bairstow, caught behind in the second over for a duck.
Despite the early dismissal of Bairstow, the visiting team didn't get tied down as Warner and Manish Pandey kept hitting boundaries and sixes at regular intervals. Together, they brought up the team's 50 in the sixth over.
Pandey who has not been in the best form, hit his straps, scoring freely and was not afraid to go over the top.
Dhoni's shuffling of the bowlers didn't make much of an impact as Warner and Pandey kept attacking.
Warner was a touch slower in comparison to Pandey, but didn't miss out when the opportunity presented itself and hit a couple of big sixes.
The pugnacious Warner fell against the run of play, victim of Dhoni's trademark lightning quick stumping off a Harbhajan delivery. The Australian, who is leading the run charts this season, fell for 57 (45 balls, 3x4, 2X6) after adding 115 runs for the second wicket with Pandey.