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KKR's explosive Rinku Singh - The star in the greatest last-over heist in T20s.

KKR's explosive Rinku Singh - The star in the greatest last-over heist in T20s.
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KKR's explosive RINKU SINGH - The star in the greatest last-over heist in T20s.

The road to success was long and arduous for Kolkata Knight Riders' Rinku Singh, but he never flinched or gave up, adding a glorious chapter to IPL history by accomplishing the unthinkable here on Sunday playing against the Gujarat Titans.

Not even the world's best batsmen would have relied on hitting five straight sixes with their team needing 28 from the last five balls, but KKR's left-hander Rinku Singh did just that and produced a great shot that would be remembered and cherished for years to come one will speak.

Rinku's 48 not-outs from 21 balls included six sixes and a four, with KKR pinning a 200-plus chase in the game's final moments.

It was perhaps the most unlikely yet sensational victory in IPL history against the impressive Gujarat Titans, for whom their reserve captain Rashid Khan almost sealed the deal with their first hat-trick of the season.

Rinku is from Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh and comes from a lower middle-class family background. His father supplied LPG cylinders while in the 2015-16 season when they owed Rs 5,000, Rinku while playing for the UP U19 side started saving from his daily allowance and even took the place of a domestic servant.

One of the earliest products of the KKR Academy, Rinku has worked extensively with the team's assistant coach, Abhishek Nayar, and the results have also been seen in the Ranji Trophy.

Chasing 205, Kolkata Knight Riders' Impact Player Venkatesh Iyer and their captain Nitish Rana kept them in the game by adding 100 runs in 9.1 overs. Alzarri Joseph dismissed both, and then Rashid Khan picked up a hat trick to kill the contest. At least that's how it appeared.

But, just then, Rinku Singh rose to the occasion. When Knight Riders needed 39 off eight balls, Rinku was on 8 of 14. He hit the last two balls of the 19th over, bowled by Josh Little, for a six and four.

With 29 required from the last over, Umesh Yadav took a single off Yash Dayal's first ball, and then Rinku went 6, 6, 6, 6, 6 to script a win that will be talked about for a long, long time.

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