Dubai: All-rounder Vijay Shankar said that he had taken the match against Rajasthan Royals as a ‘do or die’ for himself and he knew that he would be able to perform well with both bat and ball, Sunrisers Hyderabad (Sunrisers Hyderabad) can save their place in the playing XI.
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The 140-run unbroken partnership for the third wicket between Manish Pandey (83 not out) and Shankar (52 not out) helped the Sunrisers win by 8 wickets against Rajasthan Royals. With this, he has got 8 points in 10 matches and has reached number 5.
Shankar said in the press conference after the match, ‘If I talk in private, it was a do or die match for me. I was taking this match this way. I could not do well in batting and so I had to do well in this match. Unfortunately say that or luckily we lost 2 wickets in the beginning and in such a situation the team sent me to bat in the upper order.
Shankar, who also performed well in bowling, said that the team should have won the last 2 matches as well. He said, ‘We lost those matches in the last moments. Such a win will boost the morale of every member of the team. We can maintain our expectations in the tournament by winning the remaining matches. Shankar said that after Sunrisers lost 2 wickets, their plan was to have a long partnership.
He said, ‘Manish was actually hitting the ball well in the beginning. I had not really faced so many balls before this innings. I played only 18 balls before this innings, so for me it was important. (Joffra) Archer was bowling fast and so it was important for me to stay on the wicket.
Rajasthan Royals now have 8 points from 11 matches and are ranked 7th. Its head coach Andrew Macdonald said that the simple equation for the team now is to win the remaining three matches and expect favorable results in other matches.
Macdonald said, ‘The challenge is very simple that we win the remaining three matches and see what our position is in the run rate. It is related to continuing their preparations and maintaining that our team is good. The team now has nothing to lose.