Punjab Kings required four runs off the last over but Kartik Tyagi conceded one run for two wickets. Catch highlights.
Rajasthan Royals win by 2 runs
So what happened in the first leg, in India, when the the two teams met. Well, it was a thriller in Chennai. Delhi, batting first, 159/4. Then forced a Super Over despite Kane Williamson's unbeaten 66, which they won. Axar Patel (DC) and Rashid Khan (SRH) were the bowlers.
Rajasthan Royals did the improbable and beat Punjab Kings by two runs with Kartik Tyagi producing a sensational last over in Dubai on Tuesday. Kings skipper KL Rahul won the toss and opted to bowl first. Youngsters Yashasvi Jaiswal (49 off 36) and Mahipal Lomror (43 off 17) scored brisk forties to help former IPL champions post a total of 185 even as Arshdeep Singh claimed a fifer (5/32). Rahul (49 off 33), then stitched a 120-run opening stand with Mayank Agarwal (67 off 43). But they got out in quick succession. Aiden Markram and Nicholas Pooran looked to settle the issue, then Tyagi happened.
Meanwhile, here's some number crunching on playoff chances for teams.
What an over! Kartik Tyagi claims two wickets for one run in the final over to hand Rajasthan Royals a thrilling 2-run win against Punjab Kings.
RR - 185 (20); PBKS - 183/4 (20)
Another one for Kartik Tyagi. Deepak Hooda (0 off 2) gone. Punjab need 3 off 1. PBKS - 183/4 (19.5); RR - 185
Kartik Tyagi with the last over. A dot, a single, then the wicket of Nicholas Pooran (32 off 22). Punjab need 3 off 3.
Four runs from Mustafizur Rahman's final over. Nicholas Pooran (32 off 21) and Aiden Markram (25 off 18). Punjab need 4 runs off 6 balls. PBKS - 182/2 (19); RR - 185
Nicholas Pooran (15 off 11) and Aiden Markram (14 off 10) take over from KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal. Already 28 in 18 balls for the third wicket. Punjab need 32 runs off 24 balls. PBKS - 154/2 (16); RR - 185
Two wickets in two overs. Rahul Tewatia gets Mayank Agarwal (67 off 43). Caught by Liam Livingstone. Punjab need 60 runs off 42 balls. PBKS - 126/2 (13); RR - 185
Finally a wicket. Chetan Sakariya removes KL Rahul (49 off 33). Caught by Kartik Tyagi. Punjab need 66 runs off 49 balls. PBKS - 120/1 (11.5); RR - 185
Mayank Agarwal (58 off 35) first to reach fifty, in 34 balls, with a six and also reaches 3000 IPL runs. Chris Morris leaks 25 runs in his 2nd over. Agarwal and KL Rahul (41 off 26) have now added 106 in 61. PBKS - 106/0 (10); RR - 185
Rahul Tewatia gets his first over. Tidy one, almost. Mayank Agarwal (21 off 22) hits the fourth ball for a four. 8 runs from the over. Agarwal and KL Rahul (33 off 21) have added 57 in 43. PBKS - 57/0 (7); RR - 185
KL Rahul hits Chetan Sakariya (3.3 overs) for a six to reach 3000 IPL runs. Second fastest to do so. PBKS - 35/0 (4); RR - 185
Sanju Samson wastes a review. Mayank Agarwal swings and misses a Kartik Tyagi delivery. And RR skipper goes for the review. Poor one. PBKS - 9/0 (2.3); RR - 185
KL Rahul (2 off 4) and Mayank Agarwal (2 off 2) open for Punjab. New ball with Mustafizur Rahman. PBKS - 4/0 (1); RR - 185
Arshdeep Singh picked up five wickets while Yashasvi Jaiswal (49) and Mahipal Lomror (43) missed half-centuries as Rajasthan Royals (RR) posted 185/10 in 20 overs against Punjab Kings (PBKS) in their IPL 2021 encounter today. Batting first, RR were off to a blistering start with Yashasvi and Evin Lewis (36) stitching together 54 runs for the opening wicket. Arshdeep got Lewis to give PBKS the breakthrough before debutant Ishan Porel got RR skipper Sanju Samson cheaply. Englishman Liam Livingstone (25) joined Yashasvi in the middle but the former was dismissed shortly, thanks to a brilliant diving catch by Fabian Allen on the boundary. With Yashasvi departing just one run shy of a deserving fifty, Lomror took on the baton with some lusty blows. Punjab Kings clawed back into the game with some late wickets. Mohammed Shami (3/21), Porel (1/39) and Harpreet Brar (1/17) were also among wickets for Punjab Kings.
Five-wicket haul for Arshdeep as he dismisses Sakariy and Tyagi in the final over. RR 185 all out in 20 overs.
Shami gets two in an over, dismisses Tewatia (2), Morris (5). RR 178/8 after 19 overs.
Arshdeep gets his third of the match as he dismisses Lomror for 43. Morris (0*), Tewatia (1*). RR 170/6 after 17.2 overs.
Parag goes for 5, off Shami. Lomror (43*) is in the mix. RR 168/5 after 17 overs.
Yashasvi falls for 49, caught by Mayank, bowled by Harpreet. Lomror (16). RR 136/4 after 14.2 overs.
Brilliant catch by Allen on the boundary. Livingstone (25) departs, off Arshdeep. Yashasvi (45*). RR 116/3 after 11.5 overs.
At halfway stage, Royals are in complete control with Yashasvi (40*) and Livingstone (9*) in the middle. RR 94/2 after 10 overs.
Porel gets his first, dismisses Samson for 4. Yashasvi (26*). RR 68/2 after 7.1 overs.
Gone. Arshdeep picks up dangerous Lewis for 36. Yashasvi (16*). Samson comes in. RR 56/1 after 5.4 overs.
Some solid batting display by the Rajasthan openers. Yashasvi (9*), Lewis (12*). RR 23/0 after 3 overs.
Yashashvi hammers Shami for consecutive boundaries. Yashashvi (8*), Lewis (1*). RR 9/1 after 1 over.
Sanju Samson (RR): We have Evin Lewis making his debut. Lewis, Liam Livingstone, Chris Morris and Mustafizur Rahman are our four foreigners.
Rajasthan Royals: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Evin Lewis, Sanju Samson (W/C), Liam Livingstone, Mahipal Lomror, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Mustafizur Rahman, Chetan Sakariya, Kartik Tyagi
Punjab Kings have won the toss and have opted to field.
Evin Lewis has been handed a debut RR cap. For PBKS, Ishan Porel, Aiden Markram and Adil Rashid too have been given their caps.
Two teams with the biggest hitters of the game will clash in Dubai on Tuesday. Punjab Kings vs Rajasthan Royals will be game No. 3 of the UAE leg of IPL 2021 and the match promises to see lusty hitting and high scores. Both CSK vs MI and RCB vs KKR have been low-scoring affairs but when a team has a player like Chris Gayle (PBKS) and Chris Morris (RR), fireworks can be expected. PBKS (57) and RR (52) are among the top three six-hitting teams this season and all this adds up for an exciting contest at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Both Punjab Kings and Rajasthan Royals are in the bottom half of the IPL table and can't afford to lose points. RR will miss some key players like Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer. A lot of focus will be on Englishman Liam Livingstone, who was the highest run-getter in The Hundred. Livingstone scored 348 in nine innings with a strike rate of 178.46 and clubbing most number of sixes (27). Gayle will surely have competition. PBKS will look up to Nathan Ellis, the Australian fast bowler who specialises in the death and took a hattrick on his T20 international debut.
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Punjab Kings: KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Fabian Allen, Adil Rashid, Harpreet Brar, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Ishan Porel, Chris Gayle, Nathan Ellis, Chris Jordan, Jalaj Saxena, Moises Henriques, Prabhsimran Singh, Mandeep Singh, Murugan Ashwin, Sarfaraz Khan, Saurabh Kumar, Utkarsh Singh, Darshan Nalkande, Ravi Bishnoi, Shahrukh Khan.
Rajasthan Royals: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Evin Lewis, Sanju Samson, Liam Livingstone, Mahipal Lomror, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Mustafizur Rahman, Chetan Sakariya, Kartik Tyagi, Shivam Dube, Tabraiz Shamsi, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, David Miller, Manan Vohra, KC Cariappa, Glenn Phillips, Oshane Thomas, Mayank Markande, Anuj Rawat, Kuldip Yadav, Akash Singh.
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