Rahul Tewatia’s fairytale run in IPL 2020 continued on Saturday as the allrounder powered Rajasthan Royals to a stunning and much-needed victory against Sunrisers Hyderabad. After losing four games on the trot, the Royals were in desperate need of a win.
However, it looked like their losing streak would be further extended when SRH had reduced them to 78 for 5 while defending 158. But Rahul Tewatia and Riyan Parag joined hands and shared an unbeaten stand of 85 runs to take their side over the line in an unbelievable fashion.
Rahul Tewatia and Parag shifted gears in the last five overs when the Royals needed 65 runs. In the 16th over, Parag hit Khaleel Ahmed for a six as Royals collected 11 runs from it. The match then turned on its head when the duo collected 18 runs from the 17th over bowled by Sandeep Sharma.
Rahul Tewatia hit a six while Parag hit two fours in that over. In the following over, the leg-spinning allrounder took in-form Rashid Khan to the cleaners, hitting him for three fours to bring the equation down to 22 from the last two overs.
The match eventually ended on the penultimate delivery of the 20th over when Parag hit Khaleel for another six. Tewatia remained unbeaten on 45 off 28 balls while Parag remained unbeaten on 42 off 26 balls.
Virender Sehwag lauds Rahul Tewatia:
As soon as the match ended, former India batsman Virender Sehwag took to Twitter to hail ‘Lord Tewatia’. In his own unique style, the batting legend lavished praise on the left-handed batsman while also praising Parag, tweeting:
“Tewatia ek Kranti hai, Bowleron ki shaanti hai. Tewatia ek Baan hai, Rajasthan ke liye Tewatia hi Praan hai. All hail Lord Tewatia!
What a win this. Unbelievable fightback by young Riyan Parag and Tewatia. Great win for Rajasthan,” he added.
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