Rahul Tewatia has achieved overnight stardom by smashing five sixes in an over off West Indian pacer Sheldon Cottrell in the Indian Premier League match on Sunday between Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab. With Tewatia’s back-to-back sixes, Rajasthan Royals beat Kings XI Punjab in an incredible finish. His 53-run knock, a maiden IPL fifty as well for him, helped Rajasthan Royals to register the highest ever run chase in IPL history.
Tewatia, who struggled initially, said he was confident that he could achieve the feat. Tewatia’s sixes came in the 18th over when the Royals needed 51 runs in the last three overs. He scored 53 in just 31 balls after being pushed up the order. With his big hitting, Tewatia equalled West Indian batsman Chris Gayle’s record for hitting the most sixes in an over in an IPL match.\
Jofra Archer (13 not out with 2 sixes) and Tom Curran (4 not out) later took the Royals chase the target of 224.
The Royals’ plan seemed to have been to get Tewatia thrash KXIP leg spinner Ravi Bishnoi and seize the game in the middle-overs. Unfortunately for the Steven Smith-led team, the left-handed Tewatia struggled to connect with the ball and the chase crawled to a standstill.
The 27-year-old Haryana all-rounder scratched around for 8 runs from 19 balls. In his next 12 deliveries, he hit seven sixes and scored 45 runs as the Royals turned the tide.
Rajasthan Royals have registered two wins from two matches and are second on the IPL points table after Delhi Capitals. The Royals will face Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the next match at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on September 30.