Kushal Kumar Jha
IPL 2020, RR vs KXIP: Rajasthan Royals beat Kings XI Punjab by 4 wickets in a high scoring spectacle
In the 9th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, Sanju Samson and Steven Smith's brilliant partnership helps Rajasthan Royals beat Kings XI Punjab by 4 wickets at Sharjah Cricket Stadium in UAE. Kings XI Punjab, with the help of Mayank Agarwal's amazing ton, gave a high target of 224 runs for the Rajasthan Royals to chase. Skipper Steven Smith, Sanju Samson, and Rahul Tewatia shined for the RR as they chase down the high target easily. Rahul Tewatia played explosive innings with him smashing 5 sixes in an over (4 consecutively).
Steven Smith won the toss and elected to field first. Kings XI Punjab had a brilliant start with both openers, KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal giving a 100+ runs partnership with the former scoring 69 runs off 54 balls while the latter scoring 106 runs off 50 balls, assisted by 7 sixes and 10 fours. After the fall of the opening duo, Glenn Maxwell and Nicholas Pooran gave a last-minute push to end the innings at 223 runs. Ankit Rajpoot remained the most economical bowler in his spell for the RR while also taking a wicket.
Rajasthan Royals had a disappointing start with the loss of Joss Buttler's wicket at 4 runs. However, Steven Smith and Sanju Samson provided a brilliant partnership with the former scoring 50 runs off 27 balls while the latter scoring 85 runs off 42 balls. Rahul Tewatia, who joined Samson after the skipper's wicket, made explosive 53 runs off 31 balls including 5 sixes in an over. Assisted by Jofra Archer's classy sixes, Rajasthan Royals chased down Kings XI Punjab's target in the match. Mohammed Shami remained the most successful bowler for the KXIP as he took 3 wickets. However, youngster Ravi Bishnoi remained the most economical bowler in his spell for the KXIP.
In the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Tonight's match has been by far the most thrilling match with both the team giving their best performance of the season. Indian players shined throughout the game with their brilliant innings. Tonight's successful chase by the RR records as the most successful chase in the IPL history. Young Indian players showed their true caliber in tonight's game. Rahul Tewatia grabbed eyeballs with his explosive innings as he smashed 5 sixes in an over, including 4 consecutively.