Tyagi Does The Star Turn As Royals Pull Off Final-over Heist

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Tyagi Does The Star Turn As Royals Pull Off Final-over Heist0 1 W 0 W 0 - Kartik Tyagi's incredible final over that turned the game on its head

Kartik Tyagi produced a stellar final over as Rajasthan Royals snatched victory from the jaws of defeat at the Dubai International Stadium. Asked to chase 185, Punjab Kings needed 10 to win off 15 balls with eight wickets to spare. Tyagi had only four runs to defend in the final over, but he took two wickets and gave away a solitary run to earn an unfathomable two-run win for the Royals.

The Tyagi magic over

When Tyagi stepped up to bowl the final over, not only was he defending only four, he was bowling at a partnership (Aiden Markram – Nicholas Pooran) that had added 57 runs off just 39 balls on an excellent batting track. His first ball was actually a low full-toss that Markram mistimed to extra cover. The South African managed to squeeze a single off the second ball.

The next ball, Pooran was caught-behind off a yorker-length ball, suddenly sending the jitters into the other dressing room. New batsman Deepak Hooda missed one wide yorker and then edged the next one, leaving Fabian Allen having to hit three from the final ball. Another yorker outside the off-stump meant the Royals had won a game of cricket they had lost about seven overs ago.

Lest it be forgotten, Mustafizur Rahman bowled a very good penultimate over himself, giving away just four as well.

A walk in the park for Punjab until then…

KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal put on their fifth century stand in the IPL. They added 120 runs for the first wicket here but it wasn't always the Rahul-Agarwal show we are more familiar with but it did soon turn into that. Agarwal was scratchy to start with and Rahul made the early running with a pair of sixes and a four off Chetan Sakariya. Rahul though was having a continued dalliance with fortune (more on it later). Agarwal faced half the deliveries in the PowerPlay and scored only 15 while Rahul had 32. Most importantly, Punjab had 49 runs during the fielding restrictions without losing a wicket.

The signs were ominous and the Royals soon found out why. Agarwal suddenly found his range and hit Kartik Tyagi for a trio of boundaries. Chris Morris was in for more severe punishment, bowling full and onto Agarwal's pads, allowing the batsman to play the pick-up shot over square leg for sixes. 25 runs came off Morris's 10th over and Agarwal having been on 15 off 18 , raced to a 34-ball half-century.

A tale of three drops

If the batting was of a high calibre, Royals' fielding was equally abject. They reprieved Rahul as many as three times, on 2, 29 and 31. Evin Lewis dropped the first chance at backward point off the bowling off Sakariya. Sakariya himself put down a chance at short fine-leg and between those two, Riyan Parag put down a chance jogging back from mid-on. It took Rahul's season tally of reprieves to 8, four of them accounted for by Rajasthan themselves.

When Royals eventually did take a catch, to dismiss Rahul for 49, Punjab had raced away to 120 in the 12th over. Agarwal was dismissed in the next over for 67 but the opening pair had done enough for Aiden Markram and Nicholas Pooran to ease the team over the finish line before Tyagi turned his magic wand on the contest.

Earlier, a sparkling PowerPlay

After two relatively dull starts (batting wise) to PowerPlays in this second leg of IPL 2021, there was a return to norm from the Royals courtesy Evin Lewis and Yashasvi Jaiswal, who put on 54 inside the PowerPlay for the first wicket. 36 off those runs came off 21 balls from the bat of the West Indian, who took a particular liking to IPL debutant Ishan Porel. After pumping the seamer over long-on for a six, Lewis plundered four boundaries in Porel's second over, feasting on length deliveries that allowed him to open his arms. Two more Lewis boundaries came off Deepak Hooda's fifth over before Arshdeep eventually had him caught at extra cover. His job, though, was done. A 57-run PowerPlay was just the base for the Royals middle-order to build on.

Jaiswal, Lomror destroy spin

The trouble with Porel's indifferent start meant there was always going to be a lot of spin for Royals' middle-order to face. And against a leg spinner (Adil Rashid) and a left-arm spinner (Harpreet Brar) the left-handers Jaiswal and Mahipal Lomror had the matchup advantage. Jaiswal was disdainful in his treatment of the fourth-ranked T20I bowler, welcoming him to the attack with a reverse-swept four and a six over long-off. Another six came in the legspinners' next over before the impending first IPL fifty got to Jaiswal, who slowed down and fell for a 36-ball 49.

Liam Livingstone scored a brisk 25 but after his dismissal to an excellent diving catch from Fabian Allen, it was Mahipal Lomror, who walked in and played the defining role of the innings. After slog-sweeping Rashid for a pair of sixes, a curious 16th over bowled by part-timer Hooda was ransacked for 24 runs, which included another pair of sixes. Between them, the three spinners went for 89 from their 8 overs.

Arshdeep and the late Punjab fightback

At the end of the 16th over, the Royals were 164 for 4 with a 200+ score well in their sights. Mohammed Shami and Arshdeep Singh delivered a death-overs masterclass, giving between them only 21 runs in the final four overs. Shami finished with impressive figures of 3 for 21 while Arshdeep dismissed Lomror (43 off 17) and then added the wickets of Sakariya and Tyagi with the last two balls of the innings to complete his fifer. Royals lost six wickets over the four overs and were bowled out for 185. As it turned out, it proved to be just about enough on the day.

Brief scores: Rajasthan Royals 185 in 20 overs (Yashasvi Jaiswal 49, Mahipal Lomror 43; Arshdeep Singh 5-32, Mohammed Shami 3-21) beat Punjab Kings 183/4 in 20 overs (Mayank Agarwal 67, KL Rahul 49; Kartik Tyagi 2-29) by 2 runs.

What next for the teams:

KL Rahul will take his Punjab team over to Sharjah where they'll play Sunrisers Hyderabad on Saturday. Rajasthan Royals will play the afternoon game on the same day, in Abu Dhabi, against Delhi Capitals.

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