Guwahati: The target chased down by Rajasthan Royals, the highest in the history of the IPL. The previous record chase was also by the Royals when they won chasing 215 against the Deccan Chargers in the inaugural edition in 2008. Overall, in T20s, only five bigger targets have been successfully chased.
Villain one moment, hero the next. The phrase ‘two sides of the same coin’ could not be exemplified more by anyone other than Rahul Tewatia. On Sunday, chasing a record total, the Rajasthan Royals batsman walked out at No. 4 after the dismissal of Steve Smith with the team still requiring a mountain to climb.
Rahul Tewatia(51 off 31 balls) hit five sixes in an over after Sanju Samson(85 off 42) and Steve Smith(50 off 27) hit sparkling fifties as Rajasthan Royals chased down the highest ever total of IPL to beat Kings XI Punjab by 4 wickets in Sharjah.
Earlier, Mayank Agarwal scored his maiden IPL ton off 45 balls and KL Rahul scored 69 as their record opening partnership propelled Kings XI Punjab to 223 for 2 after being sent in to bat first by Rajasthan Royals captain Steve Smith who won the toss and opted to bowl first.
Buttler and Ankit Rajpoot came in place of Yashasvi Jaiswal and David Miller. KXIP went in with an unchanged squad.