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IPL PICS: Rajasthan Royals snatch thrilling win over Punjab Kings

Last updated on: September 22, 2021 00:31 IST
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Images from the Indian Premier League match between Rajasthan Royals and Punjab Kings, in Dubai, on Tuesday.

Kartik Tyagi celebrates after Rajasthan Royals score a nail-biting victory over Punjab Kings in the Indian Premier League match, in Dubai, on Tuesday.

IMAGE: Kartik Tyagi celebrates after Rajasthan Royals score a nail-biting victory over Punjab Kings in the Indian Premier League match, in Dubai, on Tuesday. Photograph: BCCI

Fast bowler Karthik Tyagi bowled a sensational last over as Rajasthan Royals pulled off an incredible two-run victory over Punjab Kings in the Indian Premier League match, in Dubai, on Tuesday.

 

Punjab required four runs off the last six balls, but Tyagi dismissed Nicholas Pooran (32) and Deepak Hooda (0), conceding only one run, to snatch victory for the Royals from the jaws of defeat.

Punjab ended their innings at 183 for 4, chasing 186 for victory.

Riyan Parag drops K L Rahul.

IMAGE: Riyan Parag drops K L Rahul. Photograph: BCCI

Sanju Samson's side was seemingly down and out when the Punjab Kings opening pair of Mayank Agarwal (67) and KL Rahul (49) put on 120 runs in 11.5 overs.

With Aiden Markram (26 not out) and Nicholas Pooran (32) going strong, it looked like it would be only a matter of time when Punjab would wrap up the match.

In the end though they made a mess in the last over to suffer their sixth defeat from nine matches.

Mayank Agarwal and K L Rahul celebrate a boundary during their partnership.

IMAGE: Mayank Agarwal and K L Rahul celebrate a boundary during their partnership. Photograph: BCCI

With this win, the Royals moved to fifth spot after four wins from eight matches.

Earlier, the 22-year-old Arshdeep Singh (5/32) complemented his senior pro Mohammed Shami (3/21) well as the duo shared eight wickets to help Punjab bowl out Rajasthan for 185 in exactly 20 overs after they were going strong at 169 for 5 in 17 overs.

Punjab Kings opener KL Rahul hits a boundary

IMAGE: Punjab Kings opener KL Rahul hits a boundary. Photograph: BCCI

Opener Yashasvi Jaiswal (49) and Mahipal Lomror (43) scored bulk of the runs for Rajasthan.

In reply, Mayank and Rahul looked in good touch. The latter, who was dropped thrice, smashed 4 fours and 2 sixes in his 33-ball innings. He also crossed 3000 IPL runs during his knock.

Kartik Tyagi celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of Deepak Hooda.

IMAGE: Kartik Tyagi celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of Deepak Hooda. Photograph: BCCI

Mayank too produced seven hits to the fence and also clobbered two sixes in his 43-ball knock.

Once the Punjab skipper was caught off Chetan Sakariya (1/31) in 12th over, Agarwal too was removed by Rahul Tewatia (1/23).

Markram and Pooran then played some delightful shots to keep their chase on track before they were undone by a brilliant last-over by Tyagi.

Punjab Kings fielder Fabian Allen pulls off a splendid catch to dismiss Liam Livingstone.

IMAGE: Punjab Kings fielder Fabian Allen pulls off a splendid catch to dismiss Liam Livingstone during the Indian Premier League match against Rajasthan Royals, in Dubai, on Tuesday. Photograph: BCCI

Opener Yashasvi Jaiswal (49) and Mahipal Lomror (43) starred with the bat, but Punjab Kings pulled things back in the rear end to bowl out Rajasthan Royals for 185 in the IPL match, in Dubai, on Tuesday.

Arshdeep Singh returned a five-wicket haul and Mohammed Shami claimed three as the duo restricted Rajasthan below the 200-mark after they were going hammer and tongs at one stage.

Punjab Kings pacer Arshdeep Singh celebrates the wicket of Rajasthan Royals opener Evin Lewis.

IMAGE: Punjab Kings pacer Arshdeep Singh celebrates with teammates after dismissing Rajasthan Royals opener Evin Lewis. Photograph: BCCI

Put in to bat, Jaiswal was part of two vital partnerships, adding 54 with his new opening partner Evin Lewis (36) and then sharing another 48 off 28 balls with Liam Livingstone (25).

Lomror then smashed his way to a 17-ball 43, studded with four sixes and two fours.

However, Punjab pulled things back in the end as Shami claimed two wickets to restrict the Royals.

Ishan Porel celebrates the wicket of Sanju Samson.

IMAGE: Ishan Porel celebrates the wicket of Sanju Samson. Photograph: BCCI

Earlier, Jaiswal smashed two successive fours in the first over off Shami, while debutant Lewis sent Ishan Porel, also playing his first match, sailing over for a six as Rajasthan Royals were off to a flying start.

The West Indies batsman punished Porel for bowling short and wide, blasting four boundaries in the fourth over.

Deepak Hooda was then taken to the cleaners as he bled 13 runs.

Left-arm pacer Arshdeep Singh then produced the breakthrough, deceiving Lewis with a slower ball and Mayank Agarwal took a fine, low catch.

After the powerplay, Rajasthan Royals were at 57 for 1.

Yashasvi Jaiswal hit six fours and two sixes during his 36-ball 49.

IMAGE: Yashasvi Jaiswal hit 6 fours and 2 sixes during his 36-ball 49. Photograph: BCCI

Jaiswal then reverse-swept England spinner Adil Rashid for a six, before depositing him over long-off for another maximum.

Royals skipper Sanju Samson failed to make any impact, as a terrific one-handed catch by K L Rahul ended his stay and gave Porel his maiden wicket.

Livingstone then joined Jaiswal, who scored another maximum off Rashid in the ninth over.

Mohammad Shami bowls Rahul Tewatia

IMAGE: Mohammad Shami bowls Rahul Tewatia. Photograph: BCCI

Jasiwal raised the team’s hundred with another four off Harpreet Brar in the 11th over.

Livingstone also tried to match his partner as he scooped one fine over KL Rahul and then smacked one over mid-wicket off Arshdeep.

His magnificent knock ended with a sensational catch at deep midwicket by Fabian Allen sent him back to the hut as the Royals were reduced to 116 for 3.

Arshdeep Singh celebrates the wicket of Chetan Sakariya

IMAGE: Arshdeep Singh celebrates the wicket of Chetan Sakariya. Photograph: BCCI

Jaiswal couldn't complete his fifty as his leading edge was held on to by Mayank at short cover.

New-man Lomror then went on a six-hitting spree, blasting two maximums off Rashid before sending Hooda for a couple more in the 16th over as Royals crossed the 150-mark.

Lomror also smashed two fours as Hooda conceded 24 runs off his second over.

However, Shami and Arshdeep did well to restrict Punjab Kings to a competitive score in the end.

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