Kartik Tyagi | Player of the Match: I was injured during the India leg of the IPL and by the time I got fit, the tournament was suspended. Felt sad. So this feels really good. I have been talking to people over the years and they keep telling me that things keep changing in this format, so I need to keep believing. 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. I was bowling a bit too short earlier, later worked on it consciously after getting a lot of feedback.
Sanju Samson (Rajasthan Royals): 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. 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.
(KL Rahul | Punjab Kings): 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. Trying to finish in the 18th over sometimes you go too hard and lose your way and let the opponents in. 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. Getting runs for me, Mayank and even Aiden in his first IPL game was important.
Punjab needed 10 off 15, 8 off 12 and finally, just 4 off the final over. And yet, they have ended up losing by a couple of runs. Lost for words here. But spare a thought for young Tyagi. WIth hardly anything to defend in the final over, he stuck to his guns and bowled brilliantly.
Rajasthan Royals won by 2 runs
Over 19.6 Kartik Tyagi bowls a pitched up delivery to Fabian Allen, no run, gets forward and went through the shot, the ball beats the outside edge of the bat.
Over 19.5 Kartik Tyagi bowls a good length delivery to Deepak Hooda, out Caught by Samson!! Hooda goes for a booming cover drive and gets a regulation edge that Samson snaps up behind the sticks.
Over 19.4 Kartik Tyagi bowls a back of length delivery to Deepak Hooda, no run, shuffle across early but Tyagi did get this beyond the tramline a bit too much
Over 19.3 Kartik Tyagi bowls a good length delivery to Nicholas Pooran, out Caught by Samson!! Pooran's attempted glide down to third man results in an edge that Samson gobbles up.
Over 19.2 Kartik Tyagi bowls a good length delivery to Aiden Markram,1 run, gets forward and heave goes off the inside half, down to fine leg. Just a single.
Over 19.1 Kartik Tyagi bowls a pitched up delivery to Aiden Markram, no run, gets forward and mistimes the drive towards extra cover
End of Over 19 (4 runs) Punjab XI 182/2
Aiden Markram 25/18 Mustafizur Rahman 4-0-30-0
Nicholas Pooran 32/21
Over 18.6 Mustafizur Rahman bowls a good length delivery to Aiden Markram,1 run, backing away early, punchy drive to sweeper cover
Over 18.5 Mustafizur Rahman bowls a pitched up delivery to Nicholas Pooran,1 run, gets forward and driven down to long-on
Over 18.4 Mustafizur Rahman bowls a good length delivery to Aiden Markram,1 run, made room to cut it away and got a thick edge well to the right of the Royals skipper who made a brilliant dive, one-handed.
Over 18.3 Mustafizur Rahman bowls a good length delivery to Nicholas Pooran,1 run, stays deep inside the crease and sliced away down to third man
Over 18.2 Mustafizur Rahman bowls a yorker right into the blockhole to Nicholas Pooran, no run, stays deep inside the crease and digs it out back to the bowler.
Over 18.1 Mustafizur Rahman bowls it short of length to Nicholas Pooran, no run, backs away in the crease and tries the upper cut but can't connect
End of Over 18 (10 runs) Punjab XI 178/2
Nicholas Pooran 30/17 Chris Morris 4-0-47-0
Aiden Markram 23/16
Over 17.6 Chris Morris bowls a pitched up delivery to Nicholas Pooran,1 run, gets forward and jammed out towards cover