Rajasthan Claims Unwinnable Victory Over Stunned Kings

Rajasthan Claims Unwinnable Victory Over Stunned Kings Photo: TT
India's Sanju Samson plays a shot during the third one-day international cricket match between Sri Lanka and India in Colombo

The Rajasthan Royals won the unwinnable against the Punjab Kings in the Indian Premier League on Tuesday and captain Sanju Samson has lavished praise on his side’s “special bowlers”.

The Punjab Kings needed only eight runs from the final 12 balls with eight wickets in hand, before falling two runs short.

Mustafizur Rahman allowed only four singles from the penultimate over, before Player of the Match Kartik Tyagi’s final over heroics.

Tyagi dismissed dangerous duo Nicholas Pooran and Deepak Hooda, bowling five dot balls in the process to clinch an unbelievable win.

“Somewhere we had that fight left,” Samson said. “We knew we had some special bowlers. Kept Mustafizur’s overs for the end.

“Tyagi was confident with his yorkers, especially wide yorkers. Executed them well against the new batters.

“We had top fielding plans for every batter, we have planned till the last batter.”

Defeated captain KL Rahul was left to lament an unfathomable defeat, with Aiden Markham missing a full toss outside off, before hitting a single off the first two balls of the final over.

Pooran poked straight to Samson from the next ball, with new batsman Hooda struggling to get Tyagi away and falling on the penultimate delivery. Fabian Allen missed Tyagi’s final delivery which was full and wide.

“Tough one to swallow,” Rahul said. “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.”

Earlier, Yashasvi Jaiswal top scored for Rajasthan with 49 from 36 balls, while Arshdeep Singh took 32-5 with Mohammed Shami claiming three wickets.

Punjab opener Mayank Agarwal made 67 from 43 but fell in the 13th over at 126-2, before the late drama.

The win lifts the Royals to 4-4, while the Kings are 3-6 and down in seventh.

Ben somerford
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