Rahul Trewatia and Riyan Parag produced one of the best partnerships of the 2020 Indian Premier League to halt Rajasthan Royals’ four-game losing run when they were on the brink of another defeat.
Chasing Sunrisers score of 4-158, Rajasthan appeared beaten when they slumped to 5-78 at the end of the 12th over when Sanju Samson fell to Rashid Khan.
But Player of the Match Trewatia smashed 45no from 28 balls including four fours and two sixes, while Parag added 42no from 26 deliveries to produce a stunning win.
That seemed highly improbable at the end of the 16th over when the Royals needed 54 runs from 24 balls to win, but the duo created something special, the best sixth-wicket stand of the 2020 IPL so far.
Royals captain Steve Smith said: “I thought Rahul and Riyan as a young kid showed great composure.
“I don’t think it was the easiest wicket and the square boundaries are quite big too, so great composure from Parag.
“I’m proud that he could come back in and score some runs straight up.”
Parag said the pair devised their strategy when they came together at the end of the 12th over and stuck to it, with the “dream” paying off.
“I think when I went into bat after a few balls, I had a clear mind that I wanted to go after 16 overs,” Parag said.
“I think we just wanted to target the fast bowlers because the wicket was two-paced. I’m a big dreamer, I dream of situations like this. Now it feels a lot more real to me.”