The Rajasthan Royals (RR) completed the highest successful run chase in Indian Premier League (IPL) history to beat the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) on September 27. The four-wicket win was anchored by Sanju Samson’s 85 off 42 deliveries with characteristic contributions from up and down the order. Both captain Steve Smith and Rahul Tewatia scored half centuries.
KXIP looked unstoppable when they were put in to bat. Mayank Agarwal’s quickfire century (106 off 50 balls) went in vain as the target of 224 runs was achieved with three balls to spare. Both openers, Agarwal and skipper KL Rahul (69), will be disappointed with the result after putting up a batting clinic.
RR move to second in the standings with two wins in two games, just below Delhi’s superior net run rate. With the close loss, KXIP crashed to a second loss in their three games and dropped to third place.
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