Despite being in a commanding position for majority of the time in the game, Punjab Kings ended up choking at the end badly by a margin of just 2 runs against Rajasthan Royals. Kartik Tyagi delivered a brilliant final over of the match to defend 4 runs and embarrass RR who had 8 wickets in hand going into the over but they managed to score only 1 run off it. Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul's another terrific partnership went in vain for the Punjab side.
Initially, RR were invited to bat by PBKS and they posted a competitive total of 185 runs with handy knocks from Evin Lewis, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Mahipal Lomror. However, Arshdeep Singh's 5-wicket haul towards the end helped PBKS restrict RR for a comparatively lesser total as they looked to smash more than 200 in the first innings. Chasing the target, PBKS were at a very comfortable position of 120/0 in the 12th over, courtesy KL Rahul & Mayank Agarwal. However, the latter part of the game saw a pathetic performance from the PBKS batsmen, especially towards the end of the innings.
Stats and numbers from the match:
1 - KL Rahul has become the fastest Indian to smash 3000 runs in IPL.
2 - Arshdeep Singh has become only the 2nd bowler after Anil Kumble to take a five-wicket haul against RR at the mega event. Also, he has become the 3rd bowler after Dimitri Mascarenhas and Ankit Rajpoot to pick up a five-wicket haul for PBKS in IPL.
2 - RR won the game by 2 runs which remains to be their joint-smallest margin of win in IPL in terms of runs.
Smallest margin of win for RR (by runs) in IPL:
by 2 runs vs Mumbai Indians, Durban (2009)
by 2 runs vs Deccan Chargers. Nagpur (2010)
by 2 runs vs Punjab Kings, Dubai (2021)
Smallest margin of win vs PBKS (by runs) in IPL:
RCB by 1 run in Mohali, 2016
KKR by 2 runs in Abu Dhabi, 2020
RR by 2 runs in Dubai, 2021
4 - Last four 100+ partnerships for PBKS against RR had KL Rahul involved.
The last four 100+ partnerships for PBKS against RR:
KL Rahul-Mayank Agarwal: 120 in Dubai, 2021
KL Rahul-Deepak Hooda: 105 in Mumbai, 2021
KL Rahul-Chris Gayle: 120 in Abu Dhabi, 2020
KL Rahul-Mayank Agarwal: 183 in Sharjah, 2020
49 - Yashasvi Jaiswal recorded his highest score of 49 in IPL as well as T20s.
67 - Mayank Agarwal's 67 (43) ended up in a losing cause on Tuesday night. Since 2019 IPL, Agarwal's 7 out of 8 fifty-plus scores have come in a losing cause.
Mayank Agarwal's 50+ scores in IPL since 2019:
58 (34) vs KKR, 2019 - Lost
55 (43) vs SRH, 2019 - Win
89 (60) vs DC, 2020 - Lost
106 (50) vs RR, 2020 - Lost
56 (39) vs KKR, 2020 - Lost
69 (36) vs DC, 2021 - Lost
99* (58) vs DC, 2021 - Lost
67 (43) vs RR, 2021 - Lost
3 - Mohammed Shami, who picked up 3 wickets in the match, has recorded his second joint-best bowling figures in IPL. Meanwhile, by doing so he completed registering 50 wickets for PBKS in IPL.
Best bowling figures for Mohammed Shami in IPL:
3/15 vs DC, 2020
3/21 vs MI, 2019
3/21 VS RR, 2021
Most wickets for PBKS in IPL:
Piyush Chawla - 84
Sandeep Sharma - 71
Axar Patel - 61
Mohammed Shami - 50
Irfan Pathan - 47