Mayank Agarwal's maiden ton in vain.
In what can be termed as the greatest chase in the history of IPL, Rajasthan Royals chased a mammoth total of 224 against Kings XI Punjab.
In a complete turn of the odds, Rahul Tewatia, who was struggling to hit the ball, hit 5 sixes in the 18th over of Sheldon Cottrell in his scintillating innings of 53. At one stage, he was 8 of 19 balls and was struggling to support Sanju Samson at the other end who batted splendidly in his knock of 85.
RR won the toss and elected to bowl first. Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul recorded the third highest opening partnership in the history of IPL. The Karnataka duo recorded 183 for the first wicket. Agarwal smacked his first ever ton. He was well supported by skipper KL Rahul, who scored 69. KXIP got a finishing touch from Pooran who took the Kings to 223.
Chasing a huge target, RR lost Jos Butler early. However, an incredible display of batting by captain Steve Smith and Sanju Samson took RR to a steady position. Smith departed immediately after his half century. However, Samson continued his blistering innings despite not getting support from Tewatia at the other end.
Once Samson also was dismissed and when fans thought it was all over for RR, Tewatia shifted gears and it was sixes all over the park. Robin Uthappa also couldn't do it for RR as he was dismissed for 9. Jofra Archer hit a couple of sixes that ensured an unbelievable victory.
After the match, Tewatia said, "The first 20 balls are the worst ever I've faced in my life. I had a belief and I kept going. Five in an over was amazing".
Sanju Samson was adjudged the man of the match for his magnificent knock of 85. He smacked 7 sixes, 4 fours in his 42-ball knock
It's the second close game that has ended in agony for KXIP after they lost to Delhi in the super over. RR on the other hand, recorded their second win in two matches.