The match seemed to be a high scoring match when KXIP came to bat early on, but it ultimately ended by becoming the highest ever total chased by any team in the history of IPL. Let’s take a look at how the match went on-
A great start by KXIP
The Kings XI went to a flying start after openers Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul posted 60 runs at the end of the powerplay and went to stitch a partnership of 183, the third highest for the first wicket and the eighth highest overall in the IPL. KL Rahul hit 69 runs with a strike rate of 127.77 while playing the supporting role and on the other hand Mayank Agarwal hit 106 runs at a strike rate of 212 and went for his shots at every opportunity. Although their run rate slowed down after both the openers fell at quick successions, Nicholas Pooran and Maxwell helped KXIP to reach 223 runs with an 18-run final over.
Samson and Smith keeping the chase alive
Captain Steve Smith used his stunning shots and took Rajasthan Royals to 69 for 1 after the powerplay. After Jos Buttler fell cheaply for 4 runs, Sanju Samson arrived at the crease and started off his innings with a six of Sheldon Cottrell on the very first ball. He continued his hitting throughout the innings and scored a whopping 85 runs off just 42 balls.
Tewatia shines after scaring RR fans a bit
Rahul Tewatia was sent to bat when RR needed 124 off 11 overs. Everyone felt Tewatia was having a bad day at the crease as he scored only eight runs of his first 19 balls. However, when he faced Cottrell in the 18th over, he hit 30 runs of that over
which included five sixes and he made sure his team crosses the winning line. He ended up scoring an impressive 53-run-knock of 31 balls