The match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals was all merry until it was marred by an ugly altercation between Rahul Tewatia and Khaleel Ahmed. Rahul Tewatia starred with the bat as he and Riyan Parag helped the Royals recover from 78 for 5 in the 12th over to chase down 159. It looked all over for Royals when Rashid Khan dismissed Sanju Samson and Robin Uthappa in quick succession to leave them reeling at 78 for 5 before Rahul Tewatia and Parag joined hands.
Anyway, they changed the gears in the last five overs when the Royals needed 65 runs. In the 16th over, Parag hit Khaleel Ahmed for a six as Royals collected 11 runs from it. The match then turned on its head when the duo collected 18 runs from the 17th overs bowled by Sandeep Sharma.
It all started after Rahul Tewatia hit a six while Parag hit two fours in that over. In the following over, the leg-spinning allrounder took in-form Rashid Khan to the cleaners, hitting him for three fours to bring the equation down to 22 from the last two overs. The match eventually ended on the penultimate delivery of the 20th over when Parag hit Khaleel for another six. Tewatia remained unbeaten on 45 off 28 balls while Parag remained unbeaten on 42 off 26 balls.
Something strange happened after Parag hit Khaleel for a six, he and Rahul Tewatia were seen involved in a heated exchange. It had started during the final over when some words were exchanged between the two. They were seen firing verbal volleys at each other after the fourth delivery of the over.
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It was assumed that the rift won’t be talked about after the match, but it only got escalated. SRH captain David Warner soon intervened to calm things down as he talked to Tewatia who was looking very animated. The stunning game then ended on a beautiful note as Khaleel was seen making peace as well by putting an arm around Tewatia’s shoulder.