Mumbai: It was one of the most thrilling matches last night between Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals as all-rounder Rahul Tewatia turned the match towards his side with five sixes in an over following which he accepted that he felt a lot of pressure at the early stage of his innings.
Rajasthan Royals chased down the highest runs of 224 in the IPL history and defeated Kings XI Punjab.
The left-handed all-rounder Rahul Tewatia played a knock of 53 as Rajasthan gained an improbable victory.
“It is the most run chase in the history of IPL, if these many runs are followed, it obviously feels good when you’re on the winning side. Initially, I found it hard, necessary. The run-rate was high. I felt that I was under a lot of pressure when I couldn’t hit big shots,” he told to Sanju Samson.
“During the last overs, the required rate was over 15, I thought that if I am able to hit a single six and then we can come back in the match after a six, three-four sixes can be connected. IPL is the biggest platform for playing for India, I was very low initially in the match, Robin Uthappa told me to just keep confidence in myself,” he added.
For Rajasthan Royals, Sanju Samson, Steve Smith, and Rahul Tewatia all scored 50+ scores to give the side a victory by four wickets. Tewatia came out to bat at number four and he was struggling at one stage as he had scored just 13 runs from his first 19 balls.
However, in the 18th over, Shevatna Cottrell hit Tewatia for five sixes to give the team victory. The left-handed batsman smashed 53 as Rajasthan got a convincing win.
Rajasthan has now won their opening two matches in the ongoing edition of the IPL. The side will play horn next with Kolkata Knight Riders on 30 September.