Tewatia Talks About His Match-Winning Partnership With Riyan Parag

Tewatia said that they knew that they could score around 10 runs per over if they both are there till the end.

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Rajasthan Royals (RR) all-rounder Rahul Tewatia came to speak to the media after the team beat Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday and talked about what discussions between him and Piyan Parag were, during the home leg of RR’s chase.

‘The talk was to take the game deep, I was just telling him (Parag) that if we both are on crease we knew we can score 35-40 runs in the last four overs as we will be set by then. And, we could hit in the last three overs and take the game as close as possible,’ he said.

Rahul Tewatia joined Riyan Parag at the end of the 12th over, when RR’s score was 78/5 and they needed 81 more runs in the remaining 48 balls. They scored 18 runs, 14 runs and 14 runs in the 17th, 18th and the 19th overs of the innings respectively, to get their team home.

Tewatia was particularly aggressive against leg-spinner Rashid Khan as he hit three consecutive fours against him to bring the equation down to 23 needed off the final 14 balls.

Asked about his plans in that over against Rashid, Tewatia said, “I saw the field (the third man was inside the circle) so I could go for the two reverse sweeps and on the third one, the ball was wide outside the off-stump, so I got the room to hit over extra-cover.”

Rajasthan Royals (RR) captain Steve Smith was all praise for Rahul Tewatia after the all-rounder pulled off another rescue act for the team with the bat.
Rajasthan Royals (RR) captain Steve Smith was all praise for Rahul Tewatia after the all-rounder pulled off another rescue act for the team with the bat.
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Royals lost a few early wickets again in the powerplay and it was the job for the middle-order to take their team home. When asked about the failure of top-order, Tewatia agreed to the fact that their top-order has not been clicking for a few games now, but he said that they know how strong their top-three is and it was their responsibility in the middle-order to get their team over the line.

After losing four games in a row, this is a morale-boosting for the Rajasthan Royals and Tewatia said that the mood in the camp was great after the win and it was good to see the amount of confidence shown by the team when they both were batting.

Rajasthan after this win, have now won three games out of the seven they have played and now will face the Delhi Capitals on Wednesday, 14 October, in Dubai.

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