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IPL 2020: Twitterati left breathless by a Rahul Tewatia blitz, Nicholas Pooran's gravity-defying effort and a run-chase for ages

Sunday night’s IPL fixture between Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab was one of the most spectacular ones of this season. Here's how Twitter users reacted:

IPL 2020: Twitterati left breathless by a Rahul Tewatia blitz, Nicholas Pooran's gravity-defying effort and a run-chase for ages

Nicholas Pooran of Kings XI Punjab saves a six with an acrobatic effort. Sportzpics/BCCI

Sunday night’s IPL fixture between Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab was one of the most spectacular ones of this season. Coming in to bat first, KL Rahul-led KXIP out up a massive total of 224 on the board. However, at the end of the day, Rajasthan sealed the deal, owing to a number of excellent performances.

Royals all-rounder Rahul Tewatia became a star after the match. His side needed 51 runs from the last three overs when Tewatia smashed five sixes in the 18th over off Sheldon Cottrell.

This magnificent over turned the game around. Many Twitterati re-lived moments from yesterday’s game and saluted the youngster’s efforts.

Among those left impressed by Tewatia's batting was former India batsman Virender Sehwag.

The performance led to a spike in Tewatia's Twitter followers.

Mahindra group chairperson Anand Mahindra shared a valuable lesson from the game.

If Tewatia had helped seal the deal, then the feat was possible due to Sanju Samson’s brilliant 85-run innings. His contribution in scaling the highest-ever chase in the history of IPL earned the young player praise from different quarters.

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor praised the batsman’s game and said that he has known Samson for over a decade. He recalled telling Samson when he was 14 that he "would one day be the next MS Dhoni”. Tharoor opined that the day had come after Sunday’s match.

Samson’s innings was filled with boundaries and sixes, but the player missed on a six due to excellent fielding effort put in by Nicholas Pooran.

Pooran dived full length and pulled the ball back from beyond the boundary line. This not only stopped a six but also prevented the Royals from getting four runs.

Sachin Tendulkar dubbed the save as the best save he has seen in his life.

Sehwag said the save “defied gravity”.

Updated Date: September 28, 2020 12:19:50 IST

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