KL Rahul: “Yeah obviously, it’s a tough one to swallow. We have to learn and see how we can handle pressure better. It was quite straightforward. But this has happened to the best in the game. Like I said, you learn from your mistakes.”

11.40 pm: What have we just witnessed?! Punjab needed 10 off 15, they needed 4 off 6. And Kartik Tyagi has come on and conceded just two runs in the last over and picked two wickets as well. Simply sensational stuff from the young pacer! Did RR steal a win from the jaws of defeat or did PBKS steal a loss from the jaws of victory? What a finish in Dubai!


PBKS 183/3 after 19.5 overs: WICKET! What. Is. Happening?! Kartik Tyagi with a sensational last over. Deepak Hooda is out for a two-ball duck. PBKS now need 3 off the last ball. Wow!

PBKS 183/3 after 19.4 overs: DOT! Hooda walks across and Tyagi bowls it further wide. The umpire says it isn’t a wide.

PBKS 183/3 after 19.3 overs: WICKET! Well, well... Tyagi gets Pooran and PBKS now need 3 runs to win off the last 3 balls. Can RR pull toss a heist?

PBKS 182/2 after 19 overs: Just four runs from that over by Mustafizur. Samson dropped a catch off Markram’s bat but it was a tough, tough chance. Right, Punjab need four runs to win off the last six balls.

PBKS 178/2 after 18 overs: What a shot! Morris pitches it on a length and Markram smacks it a long, long way for six. Punjab are almost there, they need 8 off 12.

PBKS 168/2 after 17 overs: Big over for Punjab! Pooran hits Mustafizur for four and six, PBKS now need 18 off 18.

PBKS 154/2 after 16 overs: Morris, after being taken to the cleaners in his previous over, returns to the attack and concedes just six runs in his third over. Punjab need 32 off 24.

PBKS 148/2 after 15 overs: Tyagi does well to concede just two runs off the first five balls but Markram picks a boundary off the last ball with a powerful straight drive. Punjab need 38 off 30.

PBKS 142/2 after 14 overs: Samson brings Parag into the attack and the move doesn’t work. Markram first picks up four down leg before Pooran ends the over with a six over long-on. Punjab need 44 off 36.

PBKS 126/2 after 13 overs: WICKET! PBKS have lost both their set batsmen now as Mayank Agarwal (67 off 43) hits it straight to the fielder at the cover boundary. Rahul Tewatia strikes. Are RR still in this?

PBKS 120/1 after 11.5 overs: WICKET! After Yashasvi Jaiswal, KL Rahul becomes the second player in this match to be dismissed for 49. Chetan Sakariya gets the breakthrough for RR as Rahul edges one to short-third. Punjab need 66 off 49.

PBKS 113/0 after 11 overs: Lomror joins the attack and bowls a much-needed boundary-less over for Rajasthan.

PBKS 106/0 after 10 overs: Massive over from Morris! Agarwal hits two sixes and a four, with Rahul adding a boundary as well, as Punjab pick up 25 runs. Morris looked quite clueless in that over. The Kings need 80 off 60.

FIFTY for Mayank Agarwal! He gets a half-century, and completes 2,000 IPL runs, with another stunning flick off Chris Morris for six. PBKS are cruising at the moment.

PBKS 81/0 after 9 overs: Another superb drive straight over from Agarwal for four. That has always been a high-scoring shot for the right-hander. Nine runs come from that Tewatia over.

PBKS 72/0 after 8 overs: Big over for Punjab! Tyagi returns to the attack and Agarwal hits him for a hat-trick of fours. Not much going Rajasthan’s way, they need quick wickets.

PBKS 57/0 after 7 overs: Shot! Tewatia joins the attack and tosses one up, Agarwal takes his front leg out of the way and drives it straight over for four. Punjab Kings need 129 off 78.

PBKS 49/0 after 6 overs: Another chance goes begging! Would you believe it! Rahul is living a charmed life. This time Sakariya spills it at short-fine and Mustafizur is the unlucky bowler.

PBKS 41/0 after 5 overs: And dropped! Oh dear, that could prove to be costly for RR. Rahul mistimed it again and Riyan Parag ran back from mid-on, he made the distance but couldn’t balance himself and the ball spilled out.

PBKS 40/0 after 4.5 overs: Close calls for both Rahul and Agarwal in that Morris over. They mistimed pull shots and the ball fell just behind the fielders both times.

PBKS 35/0 after 4 overs: Four, six and six! KL Rahul brings up 3,000 IPL runs in style. Sakariya was all over the place in that over and the Punjab Kings skipper took full toll.

PBKS 16/0 after 3 overs: Rajasthan lose their review. Kartik Tyagi got one to climb on Agarwal, who attempted a cut and missed, and Samson went for the review. But DRS showed no spike. Rahul then hit a free hit for four.

PBKS 9/0 after 2 overs: Dropped! Rahul didn’t control the cut shot but Lewis couldn’t hold on to the catch at backward point. It was a tough chance, he got both hands to it but it didn’t stick. Sakariya concedes five runs in his first over.

PBKS 4/0 after 1 over: Good start from Mustafizur, just four singles from the first over. Rahul played a cracking cover-drive in that over but Jaiswal blocked it well.

9.40 pm: The target for PBKS is 186. KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal are out in the middle. Mustafizur Rahman to bowl the first over. Here we go!


RR bowled out off the last ball of the innings. They finish with 185. A magnificent five-for for Arshdeep Singh. He picked wickets off the last two balls to finish with figures of 5/32. PBKS will be mighty pleased with their fightback.

RR 185/9 after 19.5 overs: WICKET! Arshdeep Singh gets his fourth as Chetan Sakariya departs. This has been a fine spell from the left-arm seamer.

RR 178/8 after 19 overs: WICKET! Shami gets his second of the over and third of the night. Morris hit it high but didn’t get the distance. Markram with the catch at long-on. Shami finishes with fantastic figures of 3/21.

RR 175/7 after 18.1 overs: WICKET! Tewatia doesn’t last long as Shami cleans him up with a full, fast delivery. RR have lost three wickets for nine runs.

RR 175/6 after 18 overs: Another good over for Punjab, Arshdeep concedes just seven runs and picks up a wicket in his third. Rajasthan have Tewatia and Chris Morris at the crease now.

RR 169/6 after 17.1 overs: WICKET! Arshdeep Singh gets his third as Mahipal Lomror departs for a sizzling 43 off 17. PBKS are fighting back!

RR 168/5 after 17 overs: Superb over from Shami, a wicket and just four runs from it. Rahul Tewatia is the new batsman for Rajasthan. They would want to get close to a total of 200 at least.

RR 166/5 after 16.3 overs: WICKET! Mohammed Shami returns to the attack and removes Riyan Parag (4 off 5). RR have lost half their side but they have set themselves up for a big total.

RR 164/4 after 16 overs: SIX, SIX, FOUR, TWO, TWO, FOUR! Massive over for RR! Rahul decides to bring Hooda back into the attack and Lomror makes him pay heavily. Magnificent ball striking from the left-hander! He has raced to 42 off 15.

RR 136/4 after 14.2 overs: WICKET! Yashasvi Jaiswal misses out on a half-century by one run! He tried to work it to the leg side but got a leading edge to cover. Harpreet Brar gets his first as Jaiswal walks back for an impressive 49 off 36.

RR 136/3 after 14 overs: Back-to-back sixes! Lomror gets going in style by taking Adil Rashid to the cleaners. Clean ball-striking from the left-hander.

RR 122/3 after 13 overs: Fine over from Harpreet Brar, just six singles conceded. Mahipal Lomror is the new batsman for Rajasthan Royals.

RR 116/3 after 11.5 overs: WICKET! Arshdeep Singh removes the dangerous Liam Livingstone thanks to a stunning catch from Fabian Allen at the boundary. Livingstone hit a four and a six earlier in the over but Arshdeep has the last laugh. The right-hander walks back for 25 off 17.

RR 101/2 after 11 overs: Left-arm spinner Harpreet Brar joins the attack and Jaiswal ends his first over with a drive straight over for four. He’s five runs away from his first IPL half-century.

RR 94/2 after 10 overs: Stunning strokeplay from Jaiswal! Porel bowls it slightly wide and the left-hander plays a gorgeous on-the-rise cover-drive for four. “Shot of the night so far,” says Ian Bishop in commentary. Meanwhile, Porel finishes with figures of 1/39 from his fours overs in his debut IPL game.

RR 86/2 after 9 overs: Shot! Adil Rashid drops it way short and Yashasvi Jaiswal pulls it for a huge six. The left-hander moves on to 34 off 22.

RR 76/2 after 8 overs: Liam Livingstone gets going with a cut past point for four. The end of a successful over by Porel.

RR 68/2 after 7.1 overs: WICKET! Ishan Porel gets the key wicket of Sanju Samson. The RR skipper walks back for 4 off 5 after edging one to KL Rahul.

RR 68/1 after 7 overs: Brilliant from Jaiswal! Adil Rashid joins the attack and the left-hander decides to go after him immediately. He first plays an audacious reverse-sweep over short-third for four before thumping an over-pitched delivery over long-off for six.

RR 57/1 after 6 overs: The end of a successful over by Arshdeep. But the Royals will be happy with their score at the end of the powerplay. They have skipper Sanju Samson and Jaiswal at the crease now.

RR 54/1 after 5.3 overs: WICKET! Arshdeep Singh gets the much-needed breakthrough for PBKS! Evin Lewis departs for 36 off 31 as Mayank Agarwal takes a superb diving catch.

RR 53/0 after 5 overs: Three more fours! Deepak Hooda joins the attack and Jaiswal punches his first ball off the back foot for four. Lewis then whacks a full-toss for a boundary before sweeping the last ball nicely to the fence. Rajasthan Royals are flying!

RR 40/0 after 4 overs: Four fours for Lewis in that over! Porel kept bowling it short and wide, the left-hander kept finding the boundaries. The first two were thick edges over short-third, the third was pulled hard into the gap, and the last one was a cracking front foot drive past cover.

RR 23/0 after 3 overs: Shot! Shami beat Lewis’ outside edge a couple of times but the left-hander struck back with a thumping drive straight over for four. It’s been a good start for the Royals so far.

RR 18/0 after 2 overs: SIX! It was slightly short, Lewis stood tall and pulled it over mid-on for a maximum. The left-hander muscled that one over the rope. Nine runs come from Ishan Porel’s first over.

RR 9/0 after 1 over: Back-to-back boundaries! Shami bangs it in and Jaiswal cuts it hard over point for four. The left-hander played and missed a couple of times but eventually found the middle of the bat. He ended the over with a pull over the in-field for four.

7.30 pm: Yashasvi Jaiswal and Evin Lewis are at the crease for RR. Mohammed Shami has the new ball in hand for PBKS. Here we go!

Playing XIs

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: KL Rahul (w/c), Mayank Agarwal, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Fabian Allen, Ishan Porel, Adil Rashid, Harpreet Brar, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh.

TOSS: KL Rahul has won the toss and PBKS will bowl first!

6.50 pm: Hello and welcome to live coverage of match No 32 of Indian Premier League 2021. Tonight, KL Rahul’s Punjab Kings take on Sanju Samson’s Rajasthan Royals at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.