Sunday has been one of the momentous matches the 13 years of IPL history has ever seen while the Rajasthan Royal’s chased, 224, the highest target so far. Rahul Tewatia, emerged as the saviour as he switched gears dramatically to smash six sixes in the next two overs and 36 off the last eight balls he faced.
The left-hander who turned into a villain with slow start with worst first 20 balls, emerged as a hero hammering Sheldon Cottrell with sixes on the first four balls and then on the final ball of the 18th over by Rahul Tewatia. The result was RR finishing 226/6 with three balls to spare – the highest chase in IPL bettering RR’s own record of 215 against Deccan Chargers in 2008.
Terrific batting by @rajasthanroyals’ batsmen Smith, Sanju & Tewatia to chase this mega total.
They kept their cool and accelerated beautifully.
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) September 27, 2020
Rahul Tewatia’s strike rate in the last 12 balls of the innings; the sequence reading 22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199.0.6.6.W. In the first 19 balls of the innings, he struggled, scoring just eight runs without hitting a single boundary. Seven sixes by Tewatia without a boundary is the joint-most in an IPL innings equaling Nitish Rana and Sanju Samson.
“That was the worst first 20 balls that I have ever played. I was hitting the ball very good in the nets, so I had belief in myself and kept going. I was not hitting the ball well initially, I saw in the dug-out, everybody was curious because they know that I can hit the ball long,” the 27-year-old batsman said.
The previous record was 215 by Royals against Deccan Chargers in Hyderabad in 2008.