Rahul Tewatia performs a shot en path to his 31-ball 53.
It was tipped to be a battle royale between the batsmen of Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab with quite a lot of sixes predicted. And so it turned out to be on the Sharjah Cricket Stadium of their IPL tie on Sunday.
Royals chased down the daunting goal of 224 set by Kings XI to submit its second win in as many matches. The hero of Rajasthan’s chase —– the simplest in IPL historic earlier — was Rahul Tewatia, who was promoted up the order on the autumn of the second wicket.
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Tewatia carried out the innings of his life, smashing 5 sixes off Sheldon Cottrell all through the 18th over when Royals wanted 51 off 18 balls. He had been struggling until then, significantly in opposition to leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi.
Although Tewatia wasn’t there when his workforce obtained residence with three deliveries to spare, his 53 (31b, 7×6) had swung it Royals’ means.
A second-wicket stand of 81 between captain Steve Smith (50, 27b, 7×4, 2×6) and Sanju Samson (85, 42b, 4×4, 7×6) had put the chase on track after the early lack of Jos Buttler.
Samson, who had carried out a match-changing innings in opposition to CSK, acquired proper right here up with but yet another stupendous knock.
Earlier, Mayank Agarwal carried out a surprising knock to vitality Kings XI to 223. His 106 (50b, 10×4, 7×6) was all about sheer class and timing and fewer relating to the slam-bang selection that’s normally a attribute of the shortest format. It was his maiden IPL hundred, and his second in all T20s.
A six over long-off all through the second over of the match, bowled by Ankit Rajpoot (who acquired proper right here in for David Miller), set the pattern. All through the next over, he pulled Jaydev Unadkat over square-leg.
Steve Smith then launched in his spearhead Jofra Archer, who was greeted by Mayank’s opening affiliate Okay.L. Rahul greeted Jofra Archer with three successive fours, together with two fantastic cowl drives. The Kings XI skipper continued from the place he left off in opposition to RCB.
Mayank, inside the meantime, raced to a half-century off merely 26 balls and 100 off 54, reaching the landmark in kind with a lofted shot over extra-cover for 4 off leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal. He holed out all through the next over, although, to Samson at deep mid-wicket off seamer Tom Curran.
Mayank and Rahul’s opening-wicket stand yielded a whopping 183 off merely 99 balls. Mayank was joined all through the dugout all through the next over by Rahul (69, 54b, 7×4, 1×6), who was caught low by Shreyas on the sq. third-man boundary.
Nonetheless Nicholas Pooran, who smashed three sixes in an eight-ball 25, ensured that the Kings innings ended with a bang. Not many would have reckoned then that Tewatia would offer you a lots bigger bang.
Kings XI Punjab: 223 for two in 20 overs (Mayank Agarwal 106, KL Rahul 69; Ankit Rajpoot 1/39); Rajasthan Royals: 226 for six in 19.three overs (Sanju Samson 85, Rahul Tewatia 53, Steve Smith 50; Mohammed Shami three/53).