IPL 2020, RR vs KXIP: Rahul Tewatia hit seven sixes in his side’s win© Twitter
With Rahul Tewatia making a historic showing with the bat in Rajasthan Royals’ (RR) Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 win over Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) on Sunday, the club paid tribute to the 27-year-old through their Twitter bio. Tewatia helped RR chase a record 224 against KXIP with a blistering punch performance. He batted 53 runs from 31 deliveries and helped his team to a four-wicket victory at Sharjah Cricket Stadium. After the win, the Royals changed their Twitter bio to “Hoping 2020 does a Rahul Tewatia.”
Before Rahul Tewatia got into the fold, KXIP looked ready to win. Tewatia initially struggled to connect with the deliveries, but suddenly clicked over bowled by Sheldon Cottrell in the 18th. RR needed 51 runs of the last 18 balls and suddenly Tewatia was on fire.
He skipped five sixes in that one, which equaled the record for the most sixes at one time in IPL history. The record was previously held by Chris Gayle. Tewatia’s knock comprised seven sixes.
Of the first 23 deliveries he encountered, he was able to collect only 17 points. But in the next eight balls, he hit 36 runs for his side. Although he couldn’t finish the match, he fell on an episode of Mohammad Shami in the 19th, but it was enough to propel his squad to a new record for the biggest chase in IPL history.
Mayank Agarwal (106) and KL Rahul (69) helped KXIP set a massive 224-run target. After losing Jos Buttler early on, RR found solace in Sanju Samson (85), Steve Smith (50) and Tewatia (53). RR won the game with three balls left.
Rajasthan is going to play their next match on September 30 against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). Meanwhile, KXIP will face Mumbai Indians (MI) on Oct. 1.
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