RR vs PBKS: Punjab Chokes in the Final Over as Kartik Tyagi Defends 4 Runs


On Tuesday, Rajasthan Royals (RR) snatched victory from the jaws of Punjab Kings (PBKS) in IPL 2021 with their outstanding bowling performance. RR bowler Kartik Tyagi defended 4 runs in the final over leading to a magnificent victory.

In the last six balls, Punjab required only 4 runs and Tyagi managed to dismiss Nicholas Pooran (32) and Deepak Hooda (0) while giving away only one run. Chasing a total of 186, Punjab’s innings ended up at 183 for 4.

“I’ve always heard from everyone and also watched games in this format where strange things have happened. Today, I was fortunate to play a big role in something special,” said the 20-year old man-of-the-match in the post-match presentation.

Earlier in the match, Punjab bowled out the Royals for 185 in exact 20 overs. The 32nd match of the IPL 2021 looked to be in favour of the Kings with the 120-run opening partnership between Mayank Agarwal (67) and KL Rahul (49). However, the result came out to be somewhat different as Tyagi stunned the Kings batsmen in the last over.

It is not the first time when the team PBKS collapsed in the face of pressure. Earlier in the IPL 2020 in the UAE, they lost to Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders in similar crunch situations.

Talking about their performance, Punjab skipper KL Rahul said, “It’s a tough one to swallow. We have been a team that has experienced games like these before. We need to see how we can handle pressure better.”

“We haven’t learnt from previous mistakes. We will now try to come back stronger and win the next five games. We pulled things back quite nicely with the ball, kept taking wickets, which is very crucial in this format,” he further added. 

Notably, Tyagi gifted us with one of the best final overs by any bowler in this match vs PBKS in Dubai. It is now only a matter of time before we see some more bowling magic from this Hapur boy.      

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