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Rajasthan Royals had reached a point of no-return.
Their chase of 178 was going nowhere at 66 for 4. They needed a further 112 more off 48 balls. Twelve of those were to be bowled by Rashid Khan.
You sensed this was perhaps a task too steep, even for someone as pedigreed as Sanju Samson and Shimron Hetmyer. But as Rinku Singh showed the other night at this very ground, it ain’t over till it’s over.
Samson went 6,6,6 in Rashid’s third that went for 20, Hetmyer took the attack at the other end to his West Indies teammate Alzarri Joseph. The momentum had swung the Royals way.
Not even the dismissal of Samson came in their way of victory. Hetmyer stood tall to bring up his half-century off 25 balls, Dhruv Jurel contributed a cameo 17 that was worth a lot more, R Ashwin came in to smack a six and a four.
Royals were suddenly one blow away from victory in the final over. With five needed off five, Hetmyer sealed a win that seemed improbable at one stage, by biffing Noor Ahmad for six.
Royals had comeback from nowhere to pull off a heist that took them to the top of the IPL 2023 leaderboard five games in. For the Gujarat Titans, this was yet another heartbreak, eerily similar to the one they endured against Kolkata Knight Riders last week.