Rahul Tewatia of Rajasthan Royals smashed five sixes off Sheldon Cottrell in the 18th over to guide his team to a sensational four-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League here on Sunday.Just when it looked like the Kings XI was well-placed to secure a facile win, southpaw Rahul turned the tables on the Punjab outfit with remorseless hitting that left his more famous namesake, KL Rahul, dazed.
Rahul got out for 53 (31b, 7x6) with his team at the doorstep of victory. The Royals overcame a few hiccups in the last over before Tom Curran hit a four off M Ashwin to secure a memorable win.
Steve Smith, RR skipper, said, 'That was some chase! Tewatia, that was some sort of display against Cottrell. We got an idea about the conditions here in the last game. It's a small ground, we always thought if we have wickets in the shed we always have a chance. Samson is hitting sixes at will at the moment. We saw in the nets that he was hitting the ball like he did in that over to Cottrell. Credit to him. Three sixes off Cottrell would have got us back in that game, that's great self-belief. Looked like we could be chasing over 250 at one point, credit to the bowlers for pulling things back.