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New Delhi: RR vs KXIP IPL 2020 Match Report: The 9th match of the 13th season of the Indian Premier League was played between Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab at Sharjah ground. This match was very exciting, in which Rajasthan Royals won. Rajasthan's team made history by defeating Punjab by 4 wickets and achieved the biggest run chase in the history of IPL.
In this match, Rajasthan Royals captain Steve Smith decided to bowl first against Punjab after winning the toss. Punjab team scored 223 runs for 2 wickets in 20 overs with the help of Mayank Agarwal's (106) stormy century and KL Rahul's (69) half-century. Chasing the target, Rajasthan won the match by 4 wickets, losing 6 wickets in 19.3 overs with the help of half-centuries from Sanju Samson, Steve Smith, and Rahul Tewatia.
Terrific batting by @rajasthanroyals’ batsmen Smith, Sanju & Tewatia to chase this mega total.— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) September 27, 2020
They kept their cool and accelerated beautifully.
Surprised how the @lionsdenkxip fast bowlers didn’t bowl many yorkers and also failed to use M Ashwin enough. #RRvKXIP #IPL2020 pic.twitter.com/f52wF11uig
Match changed in one over
Rajasthan's team had to score more than 50 runs in three overs to win. Sanju Samson was out and Rahul Tewatia was struggling. Meanwhile, Sheldon Cottrell was over and Rahul Tewatia was in front. Rahul hit four sixes off the first four balls. The fifth ball went empty but Rahul Tewatia turned the match towards Rajasthan after hitting a six on the last ball again. In this direction, Rahul Tewatiya hit 5 sixes.
Punjab's Innings, strong start
Captain XI and Mayank Agarwal gave a good start to the Kings XI Punjab team after losing the toss and batting first. Both added 60 runs in the 6-over powerplay without losing wickets. Even after this, the stormy batting did not stop from both sides and added 160 runs in 14 overs. The pair broke for 183 when Mayank Agarwal was dismissed for 106 off 50 balls.
Punjab opener Mayank Agarwal completed his half-century in just 26 balls, which included 4 fours and 5 sixes. After Mayank, captain KL Rahul also scored a 50-run knock in just 35 balls with the help of 5 fours and 1 six. At the same time, Mayank continued to bat even further and completed his second fifty on the next 19 balls. In this way, he hit the first century of IPL with the help of 9 fours and 7 sixes in just 45 balls. During this time his strike rate was 222.22.
KL Rahul was dismissed after playing a brilliant half-century in the second consecutive match. He scored 69 runs off 54 balls with 7 fours and 1 six. On the ball of Ankit Rajput, Shreyas got out in an attempt to put a big shot to Gopal. In the end, Glenn Maxwell came out to bat, 13 off 9 balls, while Nicholas Puran scored an unbeaten inning of 25 off 8 balls.
Rajasthan Innings, Smith and Samson's half-century
Chasing a mammoth target, Steve Smith and Jose Butler opened the innings for Rajasthan. In the third over, Sheldon Cottrell gave the first blow to Rajasthan by dismissing Jos Buttler. After scoring 4 runs, he gave his catch to Sarfaraz Khan. After Butler was dismissed, Smith continued to strike with Sanju Samson adding 69 runs in 6 overs.
Smith scored a half-century, batting brilliantly on 26 balls. With the help of 7 fours and 2 sixes, he scored another half-century in the tournament. Samson has scored a brilliant half-century in his second consecutive match. He completed the half-century with the help of 4 fours and 3 sixes off 27 balls. Sanju Samson was caught by KL Rahul at the hands of Mohammed Shami, playing a stormy inning of 85 runs.
Rahul Tewatia hit 5 sixes in an over from Sheldon Cottrell. Robin Uthappa became the victim of Mohammed Shami by scoring 9 runs off the first ball of the 19th over. Rahul Tewatia smashed 53 off 31 balls and was dismissed. Ryan Parag was played by Murugan Ashwin without opening the account.
Rajasthan Royals Playing XI
Jose Butler, Steve Smith (captain), Sanju Samson (wicketkeeper), Robin Uthappa, Ryan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Tom Curran, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Ankit Rajput, and Jaydev Unadkat.
Kings XI Punjab playing XI
KL Rahul (captain, wicketkeeper), Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran, Karun Nair, Glenn Maxwell, Sarfraz Khan, James Neesham, Sheldon Cottrell, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, and Murugan Ashwin.