Match 9 of the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) featured the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) and the Rajasthan Royals (RR) facing off against each other, and the game was another high-scoring thriller.
Mayank Agarwal's first IPL hundred and KL Rahul's excellent supporting knock took KXIP to a massive total of 224, and in response, Steve Smith and Sanju Samson played world-class knocks. But the man who hogged the limelight was Rahul Tewatia, who shrugged off a slow start to help RR pull off the highest run-chase in the history of the IPL.
Here are the player ratings from the RR vs KXIP IPL 2020 game.
IPL 2020, RR vs KXIP: KXIP Player Ratings
KL Rahul: 7/10
Rahul was more than happy to let his opening partner grab the limelight, and rotated strike effectively. He finished on a 54-ball 69, but he could have arguably taken the attack to the opposition earlier with a number of batsmen yet to come. The KXIP skipper made the curious call of giving Glenn Maxwell his third over, and those six balls altered the course of the run-chase.
Mayank Agarwal: 9.5/10
Agarwal played the innings of his life against RR, registering his first IPL hundred and dominating every single opposition bowler. The Karnataka batsman has formed one of the best opening combinations in IPL 2020 with KL Rahul. However, much like his 80 in KXIP's first IPL 2020 game, this innings went in vain.
Karun Nair: 5/10
Nair didn't get to bat in this game due to the brilliance of the KXIP top order.
Nicholas Pooran: 8/10
Pooran added the finishing touches to the KXIP innings with a 8-ball 25, which was an innings that featured 1 four and 3 sixes. The West Indian also pulled off one of the saves of the IPL 2020 season on the boundary, an effort that had even Jonty Rhodes saluting him.
Glenn Maxwell: 6.5/10
Maxwell hit a couple of boundaries towards the end of the KXIP innings, and bowled a couple of wonderful overs over the course of which he conceded only 8 runs. However, his third over (the 16th of the RR innings) was taken for 21 runs by Samson.
Sarfaraz Khan: 5.5/10
Sarfaraz didn't get to bat for the second game in a row, but he took an sharp catch to dismiss Jos Buttler.
Jimmy Neesham: 6.5/10
Much like Sarfaraz, Neesham didn't get to bat in this game as well. The Kiwi was decent with the ball although he conceded 40 runs, and his wicket of Steve Smith was a major turning point in the game.
Murugan Ashwin: 5/10
Ashwin picked up 3 wickets in the last game, but was given only 1 over before the final over of the innings. He went for 16 runs in the 1.3 overs that he bowled, but picked up the wicket of Riyan Parag in the last over to give KXIP some hope.
Mohammed Shami: 6/10
Shami picked up 3 of the 4 RR wickets to fall today - Sanju Samson, Rahul Tewatia and Robin Uthappa. However, the KXIP spearhead was far from his best as he conceded 53 runs in his 4 overs, including two game-changing sixes to Jofra Archer in his final over.
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Sheldon Cottrell: 2/10
Cottrell bowled his first 2 overs for 22 runs and picked up the important wicket of Jos Buttler, but he effectively lost the game for KXIP in the 18th over. Carted for 5 sixes by a Rahul Tewatia who looked woefully out of form, the West Indian was the biggest reason behind his team's loss in this game.
Ravi Bishnoi: 7/10
Although he didn't pick up a wicket, Bishnoi was the pick of the KXIP bowlers. Choking Tewatia with his googlies and troubling even Samson at times, the young leggie finished with figures of 0/34 in his 4 overs and was the most economical bowler on the night.