Kartik Tyagi Defends 4 Runs In Last Over, Punjab Kings Lose Last-Ball Thriller
Kartik Tyagi's magical final over helped Rajasthan finish on the winning side.
A big day for the young bowlers of Rajasthan Royals and Punjab Kings but it was Kartik Tyagi's special final over – when PBKG needed 4 off the last 6 balls – that helped decide the outcome of the match - Rajasthan finishing off on top with a 2 run victory.
Rajasthan were defending the 185 they posted before being bowled out following a dream spell by Arshdeep Singh as he picked up his career's maiden T20 fifer.
For a majority of the chase, the match was in Punjab's hands and there was no way Rajasthan would have stolen it. But they did the unthinkable. And also, not to forget the brilliant fielding by Chetan Sakariya at short third man in the 19th over when he saved three crucial runs for his team.
Punjab needed four runs in the last over but Tyagi conceded just one run and took two wickets to guide his team home.
Punjab skipper KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal approached the chase in the best way possible, scoring 120 runs for the first wicket. The duo punished Rajasthan bowlers to all corners of the ground. Agarwal made 67, while Rahul was unlucky to miss his fifty by just one run.
However, their departure did not dampen the mood in the Punjab camp as Nicholas Pooran and Aiden Markram continued with the momentum and kept hitting boundaries at ease. But Pooran's departure in the last over crushed the dreams for Punjab as Tyagi sent him packing along with Deepak Hooda as he managed to successfully defend four runs in the final six deliveries.
Earlier, batting first, Rajasthan were bowled out for 185 with Arshdeep Singh claiming a five-wicket haul. Mohammed Shami picked up three wickets. Yashasvi Jaiswal was the top-scorer for Rajasthan with a knock of 49 runs. Mahipal Lomror made a brisk 43 off 17 while Evin Lewis contributed with 36 runs.
Rajasthan looked destined for a mammoth total at one stage but then Shami picked two wickets in the 19th over before Arshdeep scalped three in the 20th over to bundle them out.
Whenever RR were on top, Arshdeep was brought back into the attack and he delivered with some crucial wickets. He also became the third-youngest bowler to have finished with a five-wicket haul in an IPL game. Arshdeep has now got the third-most wickets (11) among Indians in the last two seasons in the death overs behind Mohammed Shami (17) and Jasprit Bumrah (13).
Meanwhile, Shami also showed a glimpse of old form while Ishan Porel and Harpreet Brar chipped in with one wicket each. Adil Rashid who was playing his first IPL match was hammered for 35 runs in three overs.
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