Rajasthan Royals, placed third from bottom, were already without several England stars such as Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer but Kartik Tyagi has pulled off an epic heist with a miraculous final over. From being a teenager who won India U-19 games of cricket at the World Cup in 2020, he has done a near impossible on the IPL field today.
Kartik Tyagi got the ball for the final over where PBKS needed 3 runs but the young pacer didn't let the opposition to go easy as he gave away just one run in the final over of the match and that led his side to a memorable victory
Kings needed 10 off 15, then four off six balls. But Kartik Tyagi pulled off a miraculous final over to deny Kings at the finish. Kings dominated the majority of this match but Royals will take full points!
The odds were still overwhelmingly in favor of Kings entering the final over with the well-set pair of Aiden Markram and Nicholas Pooran at the crease on 25 and 32 respectively in the midst of a half-century partnership. But after a single by Markram, Pooran's attempted steer with an open face to third man instead found the gloves of Sanju Samson behind the stumps. Markram was then starved of the strike for the rest of the over as Deepak Hooda and then Fabian Allen could not get away Tyagi's wide yorkers, capping a scoreless final four deliveries and a stunning heist by Tyagi and the Royals.
Earlier PBKS captain KL Rahul and his opening mate Mayank Agarwal added 120 runs for the first wicket that set the tone for the chase of 186 runs. In the end, after the opener got out Nicholas Pooran and Aiden Markram held the crease but they choked in the final over. With this win, RR moved to the fifth position in the points table with eight points while PBKS are still at the seventh spot
KL Rahul, losing captain: "Tough one to swallow," he says while putting on the orange cap. "We need to see how we can handle pressure better. It's happened to the best in the game. Tough one to swallow that you haven't learnt from your previous mistakes. We bowled decent lengths in the first six. Unfortunate that edges got it away from us.
Punjab Kings' Arshdeep Singh picked the first ever five-wicket haul of his career on Tuesday as he helped his side restrict Rajasthan Royals to 185.
RR got a good start from openers Evin Lewis and Yashasvi Jaiswal and later Mahipal Lomror struck a 17-ball 43 with a strike rate of over 250 that took the Sanju Samson-led side to a competitive total. From Punjab Kings, Arshdeep Singh was the top performer with his maiden five-wicket haul. Mohammed Shami got three wickets while Ishan Porel and Harpreet Brar picked up one wicket each.