After getting consistent backing despite continuous form struggles, Manish Pandey is finally coming back in form for the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the ongoing 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Even after a poor performance in the previous season, Pandey received a lot of backing from the SRH team management, but he still failed to come good in the first half of the current edition. He was also dropped for a couple of games due to his lackluster performance.
But in the last two games against Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK), the 29-year-old batsman has regained his form with some splendid knocks on the trot. Despite his team ending up on the losing side on both the occasions, Pandey contributed amazingly well with the bat in the two matches. He scored a brilliant unbeaten innings of 83 runs off just 49 balls against CSK and then continued his fantastic form in the next game as well, compiling an excellent knock of 61 runs against RR.
Kane Williamson reveals his opinion on Pandey’s form arrival
After the game last night against Rajasthan Royals, Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper Kane Williamson heaped praises on Pandey and reckoned that it is nice see the batsman playing with freedom. He noted that Pandey has played really well in the last two great performances.
“Manish Pandey is playing with some nice freedom. Couple of great performances,” quoted Kane Williamson after the 7-wicket loss against Rajasthan Royals.
Very fine lines in this game
After losing the toss and being asked to bat first, SRH got to a fighting total of 160 runs, but the score could have been more, had the middle-order didn’t collapsed. In the second innings, the RR opening duo comprising of Ajinkya Rahane and Liam Livingstone relieved all the pressure of the run-chase with a fantastic partnership for the first wicket. Then Sanju Samson batted with great sense of responsibility to steer RR to an emphatic victory.
“Potentially a competitive total. But they did it a little bit better than we did. They kept wickets in hand and we weren’t able to get the breakthroughs we usually get. A little bit disappointing today, but very fine lines in this game,” Williamson inferred on the loss.