Fortunate to play a big role in something special: Kartik Tyagi

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22 Sep 2021 | 03:06 AM staff

Fortunate to play a big role in something special: Kartik Tyagi

The RR fast bowler defended four off the final over of the match, to help his side to a two-run victory

Fast bowler Kartik Tyagi held his nerve to defend four runs in the final over, to help Rajasthan Royals (RR) to a close-fought two-run victory. He was named player of the match for his spell of 2 for 29 from his four overs. Tyagi, who missed the first leg of the tournament due to injury, says he feels fortunate t have played a part in this special victory.

"I have been talking to seniors over the years and they keep telling me that things keep changing in this format, so I need to keep believing," Tyagi said at the post-match presentation.

"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."

Asked about his effort, he said, "I was bowling a bit too short earlier, later worked on it consciously after getting a lot of feedback."

RR captain Sanju Samson said that he never stopped believing despite RR being on the back foot throughout the second innings. "It's funny that we kept believing (that we could win). I kept the overs of Mustafizur and Tyagi for the end, believing. Cricket is a funny game right. We just kept fighting and believing," he said.

"I always believe in my bowlers, want to keep fighting and that's why I kept those two overs till the end. To be very honest, to get that score on this wicket, we felt good because we had the bowling.

"If we took the catches, we could have won the game earlier. People have really worked hard on their fitness," he said.

Punjab skipper KL Rahul was gutted. "This is a tough one to swallow. 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," he said, looking dejected.

"We bowled decent lengths in the first six. Unfortunate that edges got it away from us. But we pulled this back nicely with the ball."

With this win. RR move to fifth with eight points from as many matches, while are in seventh position having picked up just six points from nine matches. 

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