Kartik Tyagi of the Rajasthan Royals celebrating a wicket

"No one Born to Defeat Lord Gautam Gambhir jinx" - Twitterati is shocked after witnessing Punjab Kings' ultimate choke in a simple chase

Balakrishna
ANALYST

Punjab Kings have faltered in the chase yet again. In a chase of 186, the openers KL Rahul(49) and Mayank Agarwal(67) set the game up beautifully with a 120-run opening partnership in 11.5 overs.

Everyone thought the Punjab Kings would gallop their way to victory from there. But Mustafizur Rehman and Kartik Tyagi bowled exceptionally well in the last overs and defended eight runs in the last 12 deliveries. Tyagi especially produced an over for ages as he gave away just one run and won the game for his side single-handedly.

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Cricket fans and critics were shocked to see the end result and took to Twitter to slam the Punjab Kings batsman for choking and losing a game in such fashion. They also heaped praise on Kartik Tyagi for his stupendous efforts in the final over of the match. A section of fans trolled former Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir as he earlier predicted that Punjab Kings would win the match easily.

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Here are some of the best reactions after Punjab's shock defeat against Rajasthan Royals:

What an over, #KartikTyagi! To maintain a cool head under that kind of pressure and to get the job done, great stuff, very impressive! #PBKSvRR #IPL2021
11:53 AM 路 Sep 21, 2021
Gautam Gambhir prediction before a today match to Panjab kings win a match .
All Panjab kings fan to Gautam:-
#PBKSvRR #gautamgambhir #IPL2021
11:49 AM 路 Sep 21, 2021
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@_Kabirthapar Gambhir sar ke level ka koi nhi hai bhai 馃槶馃檹
12:09 PM 路 Sep 22, 2021
No one Born to Defeat Lord Gautam Gambhir jinix #PBKSvRR
11:46 AM 路 Sep 21, 2021
After After watching today's performace of her Team Punjab Kings, Preity Zinta be Like 馃槀

#PBKS #PBKSvRR #KLRahul #IPL2021 #BCCI #COVID19 #KLRahul #NeerajChopra #Kartik #tyagi #RR #SanjuSamson
12:30 PM 路 Sep 22, 2021
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(1) punjab in all over the match
(2) Punjab in last over
#PBKSvRR
11:43 AM 路 Sep 21, 2021
Close to the best last over (defending) ever! Wowza
11:40 AM 路 Sep 21, 2021
After KL Rahul Cames From
Restroom 馃槀馃ぃ
Rajasthan Won By 2 Runs 馃ズ!
12:01 PM 路 Sep 22, 2021
KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal after watching the last over like this.
#PBKSvRR
12:01 PM 路 Sep 22, 2021
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#PBKSvRR #IPL2021

Gautam Gambhir after taking money from Winning Teams by doing opposite predictions earlier 馃槀馃ぃ
12:16 PM 路 Sep 22, 2021
KL rahul bhai tum bhi ek video bnaa kr post krdo ki mai captaincy chorh rha hu, give farewell to king kohlii
12:01 PM 路 Sep 22, 2021
Kl Rahul plz leave PBKS and join some other team馃檹馃徎
12:00 PM 路 Sep 22, 2021
#PBKSvRR this is unbearable.enough is enough. Now we can't qualify. Last year we did this same .Again same thing . Kl Rahul mayank they deserve better team. Can't support Punjab more.lost a fan today . 馃挃馃挃馃挃
12:00 PM 路 Sep 22, 2021
After match
Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul be like :
12:00 PM 路 Sep 22, 2021
@PunjabKingsIPL Please release kl Rahul he deserves better team 馃槶
11:59 AM 路 Sep 21, 2021
That was world class stuff from Kartik Tyagi. Absolutely brilliant #PBKSvRR
11:42 AM 路 Sep 21, 2021
KL rahul Feeling after building an Extraordinary innings and loosing the match.. #PBKSvRR #IPL2021
11:58 AM 路 Sep 21, 2021
An over for the ages from Kartik Tyagi! Defends 4 after the Fizz had delivered a 4 run over. Incredible finish. How could #PunjabKings mess this up!
11:41 AM 路 Sep 21, 2021
Never. Never. Never doubt Gambhir. twitter.com/man4_cricket/s鈥
"Punjab Kings is favourites to win today's match against Rajasthan Royals." - Gautam Gambhir
11:45 AM 路 Sep 21, 2021
1:49 AM 路 Oct 11, 2018
When Panauti Lord Gambhir Said his opinion . no one , I repeat no one can change it馃槀馃槶馃檹

Panauti for a reason 馃槀
#PBKSvRR twitter.com/man4_cricket/s鈥
"Punjab Kings is favourites to win today's match against Rajasthan Royals." - Gautam Gambhir
11:46 AM 路 Sep 21, 2021
1:49 AM 路 Oct 11, 2018
However well you play, Gambhir curse will get you and there's nothing you can do about it.
11:38 AM 路 Sep 21, 2021

We will now try to come back stronger and win the next five games: KL Rahul

After such a demoralizing defeat, Punjab Kings skipper KL Rahul has not lost hope yet. Speaking at the post-match conference, KL Rahul is still hopeful of making a comeback and winning their remaining games in the tournament to have a chance to reach the IPL playoffs.

Rahul admitted that the loss against Rajasthan was difficult to swallow and felt that they did not learn from their previous mistakes. Regarding the match and road ahead, KL Rahul said:

"It鈥檚 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. Tough one to swallow that you haven鈥檛 learnt from your previous mistakes."
鈥淲e 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. We bowled decent lengths in the powerplay. Getting runs for me, Mayank, and even Aiden in his first IPL game was important."

Punjab Kings now find themselves in a must-win situation as they cannot afford a loss from here. The onus will be on Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul again as their middle-order seems very brittle.


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