Rajasthan Royals managed to clinch victory from the jaws of defeat as they pulled of a historic run chase against the Kings XI Punjab at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Sunday. It was the highest ever run chase in the history of IPL as the Rajasthan Royals successfully chased down the massive Kings XI total of 223.
Assam’s Riyan Parag failed to score in two balls he faced as he was clean bowled by a superb googly from Murugan Ashwin while coming to bat in the last over of the match.
Put into bat first after losing the toss, the Kings XI Punjab got off to a flyer as their openers KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal put on a mammoth opening partnership of 183 runs. Both Mayank and Rahul looked in sublime touch as they cleared the fence at will and with ease. Mayank scored a sensational 106 off 50 deliveries as he brought up his maiden IPL hundred and hit seven massive sixes in his innings.
Meanwhile his opening partner Rahul, was happy to play a supporting role to Mayank and scored a beautifully carved 69 off 54 deliveries with one six in his innings. The Punjab innings was very well paced all throughout. After a brilliant opening partnership of 183, Mayank was dismissed in the 17th over and was soon followed by Rahul in the next over leaving Punjab at 194/2. With just two overs remaining after the Kings lost both their openers, Nicholas Pooran(25* off 8) and Glenn Maxwell(13* off 9) finished off pretty well for Punjab as Pooran fetched 18 runs in the 20th over from Jofra Archer, thus taking Kings to the highest total of the season, as massive 223/2.
Coming out to chase a huge total, which was to be the highest ever run chase in the history of IPL, the Rajasthan Royals got off to a pretty decent start too, despite losing their opener Jos Buttler in the third over itself. Following Buttler’s dismissal, Smith and Samson put up a brilliant 81-run-partnership for the second wicket as Samson seemed to have carried on from where he left off in the last game. Samson smashed the KXIP bowlers to all parts of the ground as Smith quietly played a brisk innings and reached his half-century, but was dismissed soon after by Shami in the 9th over. The dismissal of Smith brought in Rahul Tewatia, with the Royals needing 124 off 11 overs. The intentions were very clear from the Royals management to promote Tewatia, to go hard at the Punab bowling, especially with two legspinners in the KXIP bowling. But what followed was completely opposite, as Kings brought their sixth bowler in the form of the right arm offspinner Glenn Maxwell who managed two quick overs giving away just eight runs. Tewatia struggled big time with the pace changes of Maxwell and the wrong’uns of the young leg spinner Bishnoi turning away from him. Tewatia managed just eight runs of the first 19 balls that he faced, with everyone already starting to question the management’s decision to send him up the order. Even Samson was seen refusing a single to give Tewatia the strike. Tewatia finally connected one dancing down the track off Ravi Bishnoi and smashed his first six of the match.
A slower bouncer from Shami ended Samson’s beautiful 42-ball-82 in the 17th over.
With 51 needed of 18 deliveries, Tewatia produced a gem, turning it around for the Royals, as he smashed five sixes scoring 30 runs in the 18th over from Sheldon Cottrell. With the equation now reduced to 21 needed off 11 for the Royals, Uthappa was dismissed by Shami and this brought out Jofra Archer, who had smashed an unbeaten 27 off just eight deliveries in the Royal’s previous game, and he did exactly what he was sent for, he smashed the first two balls he faced out of the park, leaving Tewatia to complete his redemptive arc with a six to move past 50. Tewatia was finally dismissed by Mohammed Shami with the Royals need just two runs off the last over. Just for the sake of a late drama, Riyan Parag got out in the final over bowled, trying to sweep a googly from Murugan Ashwin, but then Tom Curran came in and sealed the match for the Royals with a boundary in the very first ball that he faced, and thus completing the highest ever successful run chase in the history of the Indian Premier League.
Kings XI Punjab(KXIP) – 223/2 (20/20 overs)
Mayank Agarwal 106(50)
KL Rahul 69(54)
Ankit Rajpoot 1/39(4)
Tom Curran 1/44(4)
Rajasthan Royals(RR) – 226/6 (19.3/20 overs)
Sanju Samson 85(42)
Rahul Tewatia 53(31)
Mohammed Shami 3/53(4)
Murugan Ashwin 1/16(1.3)
RR WON BY 4 wickets
Player of the Match – Sanju Samson
Dream11 Game Changer of the Match – Mayank Agarwal
Tata Altroz Super Striker of the Match – Mayank Agarwal
Unacademy Let’s crack it Sixes – Sanju Samson
Cred Power Player – Steve Smith
TODAY’S MATCH – Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians
Venue – Dubai International Cricket Stadium
Toss – 7pm IST
Match Time – 7:30pm IST
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