Wow! That is one of the craziest games of cricket ever played. Firstly some brilliant batting by Punjab and then a great response from the Royals despite Buttler falling for a single digit score. And then Tewatia came. Swung, literally nothing touched the bat, he snailed to 8 off 19 and made the move to promote him up the order look foolish, but boy, he smashed 5 sixes off a Cottrell over to snatch the game. From throwing his head back in disappointment to walking off to a standing ovation just a few minutes after he was literally asked to retire. Words can’t describe that. And even after that turnaround he walked away quietly, just like how he came.
Before all that it was Mayank Agarwal who set the stage on fire by scoring his maiden ipl hundred that too on just 45 balls. His Karnataka team mate KL Rahul played second fiddle to him as he was in such scincillating form. Kl also scored a fifty and they both together stitched a partnership of 183 runs (highest opening partnership for KXIP) and Nicolas pooran and Maxwell finished the innings.
Rajasthan’s start wasn’t that good as they lost Jos Buttler early in the chase but Steve Smith and Sanju Samson guided them nicely in the chase as former scored a brisk fifty and Samson scored 85(42). When Samson got out in the 17th over leaving a scratchy looking Tewatia at the other end the game looked almost done but Tewatia turned it around with some amazing hitting and he was helped by by some pretty average bowling by KXIP bowlers.
Most runs scored in the last five overs of a successful run chase in IPL:
86 RR vs KXIP Sharjah 2020*
77 CSK v RCB Chennai 2012
72 RCB v Deccan Bengaluru 2012
72 CSK v RCB Bengaluru 2018
72 KKR v RCB Bengaluru 2019
Highest successful chases in IPL:
223 RR vs KXIP Sharjah 2020*
215 RR vs Deccan Hyderabad 2008
209 DD vs GL Delhi 2017
Man of the match – Sanju Samson
KL Rahul | Losing captain: Look, this is T20 cricket, we have seen it so many years now, we did a lot of things right, we have to keep our chin up and come back stronger. A lot of positives tonight, we did a lot of things right, but such things do happen, great game of cricket, we have to give it to them (Rajasthan Royals). The game keeps you humble all the time, I honestly did think we had the game in our pocket. Towards the end they batted well and put pressure on our bowlers which led to mistakes. I back them to do the job, they have done well in the last two games, it’s OK to have one bad game. It’s good that this came early in the tournament, they will only learn from this and come back strongly. Small grounds and the total doesn’t really matter. We have seen in the last seven or eight games – be it in Sharjah or in Dubai, the bowlers are going the distance at the back end in this tournament so far, the teams are backing their batsmen to have a go at the death and get those big overs – Sanju Samson and Rahul Tewatia did really well, they were set, played superbly well and they deserve this win.
Steve Smith | Winning captain: That was some chase! Tewatia, that was some sort of display against Cottrell. We got an idea about the conditions here in the last game. It’s a small ground, we always thought if we have wickets in the shed we always have a chance. Samson is hitting sixes at will at the moment. We saw in the nets that he was hitting the ball like he did in that over to Cottrell. Credit to him. Three sixes off Cottrell would have got us back in that game, that’s great self-belief. Looked like we could be chasing over 250 at one point, credit to the bowlers for pulling things back.