Indian Premier League 2021 | Tyagi delivers a sensational final over as Royals stun Kings

Rajasthan Royals' Karthik Tyagi celebrates after his team's sensational win over Punjab Kings in the Indian Premier League 2021 match in Dubai on September 21, 2021. Twitter/@IPL  

Rajasthan Royals staged one of IPL’s most remarkable jailbreaks on Tuesday. A defeat had looked very much a certainty at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, with Punjab Kings needing just eight runs from the last two overs.

With two set batsmen at the crease in the form of Aiden Makram and Nicholas Pooran, it should have been a walk in the park for Punjab. But the penultimate over from Mustafizur Rahman yielded only four runs.

Still, Punjab was the favourite when Kartik Tyagi began his run-up for the final over. Off his third ball, he had Pooran caught behind. After bowling a dot ball to Deepak Hooda he had him too edging to Sanju Samson behind the stumps.

Tyagi gave no opportunity for the new man Fabian Allen to be a hero. Instead, with another dot ball, he himself became the unlikely hero for Royals, who won by two runs.

Costly mistakes

Sloppy fielding and a poor finish to the innings could have proved very costly for the Royals, though. K.L. Rahul was dropped three times, helping the Punjab captain (49, 33b, 4x4, 2x6) and his Karnataka teammate Mayank Agarwal (67, 43b, 7x4, 2x6) put on 120. Royals, put in, had made 185.

The main reason for the Royals’ retreat after a fine start was Arshdeep Singh. The 22-year-old left-arm seamer bowled superbly to take his first five-wicket haul in the IPL, showing yet again that he has a mature head on his young shoulders. He kept his cool as the Royals batsmen threatened to explode on multiple occasions.

Arshdeep provided the breakthrough after the Royals’ new opening pair of Evin Lewis and Yashasvi Jaiswal (49, 36b, 6x4, 2x6) raised fifty inside five overs. The West Indian, fresh from his brilliant run in the Caribbean Premier League and in his first game for RR, was looking in good nick when he was caught by a diving Mayank at extra-cover.

Arshdeep also removed two other dangerous-looking batsmen — Liam Livingstone (25, 17b, 2x, 16) and Mahipal Lomror (42, 17b, 2x4, 4x6). He gave the finishing touches to the innings too, taking two wickets off the last two balls.

The final over

0 1 W 0 W 0 (Runs needed 4; Bowler Tyagi)


RAJASTHAN ROYALS: Evin Lewis c Mayank b Arshdeep 36 (21b, 7x4, 1x6), Yashasvi Jaiswal c Mayank b Harpreet 49 (36b, 6x4, 2x6), Sanju Samson c Rahul b Porel 4 (5b), Liam Livingstone c Allen b Arshdeep 25 (17b, 2x4, 1x6), Mahipal Lomror c Markram b Arshdeep 43 (17b, 2x4, 4x6), Riyan Parag c Markram b Shami 4 (5b), Rahul Tewatia b Shami 2 (5b), Chris Morris c Markram b Shami 5 (5b), Chetan Sakariya c & b Arshdeep 7 (6b, 1x4), Kartik Tyagi b Arshdeep 1 (3b), Mustafizur Rahman (not out) 0 (0b); Extras (lb-4, w-5): 9; Total (in 20 overs): 185.

FALL OF WICKETS: 1-54 (Lewis, 5.3 overs), 2-68 (Samson, 7.1), 3-116 (Livingstone, 11.5), 4-136 (Jaiswal, 14.2), 5-166 (Parag, 16.3), 6-169 (Lomror, 17.1), 7-175 (Tewatia, 18.1), 8-178 (Morris, 18.5), 9-185 (Sakariya, 19.5).

PUNJAB KINGS BOWLING: Shami 4-0-21-3, Porel 4-0-39-1, Hooda 2-0-37-0, Arshdeep 4-0-32-5, Adil 3-0-35-0, Harpreet 3-0-17-1.

PUNJAB KINGS: K.L. Rahul c Tyagi b Sakariya 49 (33b, 4x4, 2x6), Mayank Agarwal c Livingstone b Tewatia 67 (43b, 7x4, 2x6), Aiden Markram (not out) 26 (20b, 2x4, 1x6), Nicholas Pooran c Samson b Tyagi 32 (22b, 1x4, 2x6), Deepak Hooda c Samson b Tyagi 0 (2b), Fabian Allen (not out) 0 (1b); Extras (w-8, nb-1): 9; Total (for four wkts. in 20 overs): 183.

FALL OF WICKETS: 1-120 (Rahul, 11.5), 2-126 (Mayank, 12.6), 3-183 (Pooran, 19.3), 4-183 (Hooda, 19.5).

ROYALS BOWLING: Mustafizur 4-0-30-0, Sakariya 3-0-31-1, Tyagi 4-0-29-2, Morris 4-0-47-0, Tewatia 3-0-23-1, Lomror 1-0-7-0, Parag 1-0-16-0.

Toss: PBKS; MoM: Tyagi.

Royals won by two runs.

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