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Kartik Tyagi defends 4 runs in final over against Punjab Kings, Jasprit Bumrah, Dale Steyn shower praise

Rajasthan Royals pacer Kartik Tyagi hit the headlines on Tuesday after defending four runs in the last over to seal a thrilling two-run win over Punjab Kings in Dubai.

The 20-year-old Kartik Tyagi spoiled a historic day for Punjab Kings that included KL Rahul passing 3000 runs in the IPL, 2000 runs in the league for Mayank Agarwal, and a maiden IPL five-wicket haul for from left-arm seamer Arshdeep Singh.

Nothing was in favour of Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday except Tyagi’s last over as their star fielders like Chetan Sakariya, Reyan Parag and Sanju Samson dropped catches of Punjab opener KL Rahul who scored 49 runs. However, the team has dropped total 14 catches in this IPL.   

With eight runs needed off 12 balls and eight wickets in hand, Mustafizur conceded just four singles off in 19th over.

Punjab Kings were looking comfortable to take the two points with eight wickets in hands and only needing four to win but they were looking under pressure in the last over. Tyagi bowled six full deliveries and managed to pick the wickets of Nicholas Pooran and Deepak Hooda that led to 2 runs win. Kartik’s final over figures read – 0,1,W,0,W,0.

With this, Tyagi became the second bowler in IPL’s history to defend 4 runs in the final over after Munaf Patel who had defended 4 runs in the last over against Mumbai Indians in 2009. Patel had also played for Rajasthan Royals.

After his heroics with the ball, Tyagi received praise from India pacer Jasprit Bumrah and Dale Styen.

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Taking to Twitter, Bumrah wrote what an over to maintain a cool head under that kind of pressure and to get the job done, great stuff, very impressive. The South African pace Steyn dubbed Kartik’s performance as one of the best last overs while defending the target.

With the win, Rajasthan Royals jumped to fifth spot on the IPL 2021 points table and will next to lock horns against Delhi Capitals at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.

In other India News, Delhi Police detained 5 Hindu Sena members for allegedly vandalising AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi’s residence at Ashoka Road. The DCP, New Delhi, Deepak Yadav said the Delhi Police detained five people and registered an FIR under relevant sections of IPC.

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