Rajasthan Royals (RR) pacer Jofra Archer is glad that his side proved everyone wrong after chasing the highest ever the target of Indian Premier League (IPL) against Kings XI Punjab at the small boundaries of Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
When RR’s batting mainstay Sanju Samson (85 off 42 balls) and Steven Smith (50 off 27 balls) lost their wicket, it looked impossible for RR to chase 224 runs target. But Rahul Tewatia, who earlier struggled to connect the ball, changed the momentum of the game after hitting consecutive sixes off Sheldon Cottrell’s ball. He smacked five sixes in six balls to bring back the Royals in the game.
In the 18th over of the match, Jofra Archer joined Tewaita in the middle and struck back to back maximums to take the game closer on RR’s side. In the end, Tom Curran hit winning runs in the last over to register consecutive victories for Rajasthan Royals.
I bet no one expected us to win: Jofra Archer
In the video uploaded in Rajasthan Royals’ official account, Jofra Archer was also in disbelief that they could win the game against Kings XI Punjab. He felt happy that even though they had a slow start, they won the match that was at one time looking out of their hand.
“Very satisfied. It was hard to believe that we would win the match against Kings XI Punjab and have some points. We were a bit slow but very glad to get over the line. The plan was just to see the ball and hit it,” Archer said.
Jofra Archer believes that KXIP pacer Sheldon Cottrell’s over against Rahul Tewatia was the match-winning over for Rajasthan Royals. He is delighted that RR proved everyone wrong by winning the match from a crunch situation.
“It was very crazy, Tewatia started to strike the ball very cleanly in the over of Cottrell and that is probably the match-winning over for me. I bet no one expected us to win especially when he got to over 15. I am glad we proved everyone wrong,” he added.
Rajasthan Royals are in the second position of the points table after winning two out of two-game so far in the ongoing tournament.