IPL has begun and it is proving to be more seat clenching than ever. We witnessed another highest individual score record and some insane partnerships, not to mention it’s always a pleasure to watch dhoni in the field. However it’s not over yet, yet one more time we witness an outstanding run chase surpassing more than 200 runs. We continue to be awed by the magnificent innings this players have to offer. IPL has been exciting since the beginning and this is just the start, we look forward to witnessing more such matches with innings we will never forget. Rajasthan just proved their royalty and a message that they are not supposed to be taken lightly.
Rajasthan Royals, the team which previously held the record of highest runs chases(215 runs against Deccan Chargers in 2008) has yet again broken its record by chasing a total of 224 runs against the Kings XI Punjab. Surpassing a 200 runs mark in T20 is a fairly secure milestone, but the Royals did not sacrifice their victory. With an amazing inning by KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal made the Punjab fans clench to their seats by showcasing a partnership of 183 runs, on the contrary it sparked an insecurity for Rajasthan fans. In the second innings with S. Smith, S. Samson and R. Tewatia, it didn’t only make the Rajasthan fans happy, but also cricket fans. There was no doubt that Punjab’s score was a respectable milestone, they did everything they could, but as the saying goes “There’s always a bigger fish”, Rajasthan made sure that they didn’t have to sacrifice their victory and compelled us to stick to that game.
Smith and Samson providing a total of 135 runs, helped the Royals to their victory, on field Tewatia started slow and made the fans doubt the decision, but who knew that this man would take the matter seriously in his own hands and make the ball touch the boundary. The 3 main contributors from the Royals are s. Smith with 50 runs in 27 balls, s. Samson with a whopping 85 runs in 42 balls and Tewatia with 53 runs in 31 balls, out of which 30 runs scored of 5 sixes helped Rajasthan clench their fists with joy of victory.