Rahul Tewatia’s half-century and five sixes in a single over … Steven Smith and Sanju Samson’s thunderous half-century helped Rajasthan Royals beat Kings XI Punjab by a huge margin. Punjab had challenged Rajasthan for 224 runs to win. Rajasthan took the challenge on the strength of three batsmen’s half-centuries.
Chasing Punjab’s 224-run target, Rajasthan did not have a good start. Because Jose Butler, playing his first match for Rajasthan today, was able to score only four runs this time. After that, Rajasthan captain Steven Smith and Sanju Samson got along well. The match also saw Smith and Sanju pair up. But this time Smith was out and the pair broke up. Smith hit seven fours and two sixes in his 27-ball 50. Smith and Sanju shared an 81-run stand for the second wicket.
Sanju hit hard after Smith’s dismissal, but he was unable to make a big impact this time around. Sanju hit 85 off 42 balls with four fours and seven sixes. After Sanju’s dismissal, Rahul Tewatia hit five sixes in the 18th over to turn the match around for Rajasthan.
Rajasthan won the toss and elected to bat first. Punjab proved Rajasthan’s decision wrong. Because Punjab’s Mayank and Rahul attacked Rajasthan’s bowling. Mayank and Rahul started a bit cautiously. But in a very short time, he started attacking Rajasthan’s bowling. The Rajasthan bowlers were seen to be pale in the face of these two shots.
Mayan got to see the batting pattern this time. Because Mayank completed his century in just 45 balls this time. This was Mayank’s first century in the IPL. Even after scoring a century, Maya got to see a stormy batting. Mayank batted brilliantly this time, but was dismissed by Tom Curran this time. But before being dismissed, Mayank hit 106 off 50 balls with 10 fours and seven sixes.
After Mayank’s dismissal, Lokesh Rahul continued his batting. This time he was well supported by Glenn Maxwell. Because Maxwell scored fast runs in fewer balls. The duo led the team to 194 runs. Because at that time Lokesh Rahul was dropped. Rahul scored 69 off 54 balls with seven fours and a six.