Tyagi defends 4 runs off the last over to overshadow Arshdeep’s maiden five-for

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21 Sep 2021 | 08:26 PM
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Tyagi defends 4 runs off the last over to overshadow Arshdeep’s maiden five-for

Here are some interesting records from Match 32 of the IPL 2021 between Punjab Kings and Rajasthan Royals in Dubai.

If ‘snatching victory from the jaws of defeat’ had a face, Kartik Tyagi would resemble it perfectly. In a match that Punjab Kings should have easily gobbled up, they made a mess of it. After winning the toss and elected to bowl first, Punjab had conceded 94 runs in the first half and picked up only two wickets. However, their bowlers, especially Arshdeep Singh (5/32) and Mohammad Shami (3/21) pulled things back in the second half. Hence, Rajasthan could score only 185.

Chasing 186 runs to win, the opening combination of Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul started proceedings steadily by scoring 49 runs in the powerplay. Displaying an array of strokes all around the ground, the duo laid a solid foundation in the run chase with a 120-run opening partnership before Rahul was dismissed after a well-compiled 49. Even after Mayank's dismissal, Punjab were in commanding position till the last over mishap. Requiring four runs of the last over with eight wickets in hand, they once again bottled up the chase. Tyagi was the star of the night. Here are some of the notable stats from the match:

Maiden five-wicket haul for Arshdeep Singh

One of the upcoming left-arm pacers, Arshdeep, registered his maiden five-wicket haul in the IPL. The 22-year old has shouldered the bulk of the responsibility of the side in the first half of the season and started the second leg emphatically as he returned with figures of 5/32 in his quota of four overs. He became the third bowler for Punjab in the IPL to pick up a five-wicket haul after Ankit Rajpoot (5/14) against Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2018 and Dimitri Mascarenhas (5/25) against the now-defunct Pune Warriors India in 2012. Interestingly, he is the second bowler to bag a five-for against Rajasthan after Anil Kumble’s 5/5 in 2009.

Arshdeep Singh rewrites history books

A scintillating bowling performance by the youngster ensured records kept tumbling as he became the first bowler to register a five-wicket haul in the IPL at the Dubai International Stadium. He surpassed the previous joint-best by Mohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah (4/14) against Mumbai Indians (2014) and Delhi Capitals (2020), respectively.

Rahul, fastest Indian and second fastest overall to 3k runsContinuing his prolific run in the IPL 2021, Rahul joined an elite list of players to notch up 3000 IPL runs. In his 49-run knock against RR, the right-handed batsman became the second-fastest player and the fastest Indian to amass 3k runs achieving the feat in 80 innings. Only Chris Gayle, his Punjab teammate, achieved it quicker (75 innings). Among Indians, the quickest was 103 by Suresh Raina.

If cats have nine lives, Rahul has eight

Rahul might have scored tons of runs and be the rightful owner of the Orange Cap this season, but he has been a lucky cat. Though Rajasthan pulled this off, they handed three reprieves to Rahul during his 49-run knock, all of those inside the powerplay. Thankfully, he didn’t go on to score a big one. In the IPL 2021, Rahul has been dropped eight times, the most for any player this season. No other player has been dropped on more than four occasions.

Becoming the most successful opening pair

Even though Punjab lost the chase, a 120-run opening partnership between Rahul and Mayank had laid the perfect platform. Over the years, the duo have been the prime reason for Punjab’s batting dominance. In just 20 innings together, the pair have hoisted 1130 runs at an average of 56.5 with four century partnerships. They are currently fourth on the table behind Shikhar Dhawan-David Warner (6), Warner -Jonny Bairstow (5) and Gayle -Virat Kohli (4) in the list of most century partnerships among openers.

Snatching victory from the jaws of defeat

A 20-year-old bowler against the might of Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Aiden Markram and Fabian Allen defends four runs. The 26 alphabets aren’t enough to describe Tyagi’s effort. For Rajasthan, this isn’t something new. They have managed to pull off these kinds of efforts more frequently than other team bowlers. Prior to Tyagi’s herculean effort, Munaf Patel in 2009 against Mumbai Indians had achieved a similar feat. He also had defended four runs in the last over to hand Rajasthan a win. Siddharth Trivedi in 2010 against the now-defunct Deccan Chargers had defended six runs in the last over to win. Kamran Khan in 2009 against Kolkata Knight Riders had conceded only six runs while defending seven and had pushed it to a super-over. This shows Rajasthan's young bowlers can handle the pressure.

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Punjab Kings vs Rajasthan RoyalsIndian Premier League, 2021Punjab KingsRajasthan RoyalsArshdeep SinghKartik TyagiKL RahulMayank Agarwal

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