The Punjab Kings’ (PBKS) move to send Jitesh Sharma go ahead in the form Liam Livingstone against Rajasthan Royals (RR) raised eyebrows quite a bit. However, the batter paid off the faith shown in him, playing a brilliant 38* (18) role to help PBKS hit a total challenge of 189/5 in their 20 rounds.
Earlier in the innings, Jonny Bairstow finally played well in his natural position at the top of the order, scoring 56. He got a possible assist from Bhanuka Rajapaksa, the 27 manager. , the goal in the middle of the field brought RR back into the game.
As soon as the Royal Army started to impose a time off, Jitesh Sharma dashed his hopes of limiting PBKS to undertotal with his one superb kill.
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Bairstow, Jitesh Sharma PBKS buff to 189/5
With Mayank Agarwal taking command, the idea seemed to be to let Bairstow play free at the top. Despite not having achieved good results in the last match, the British star made full use of the limitations of strength during this time.
Shikhar Dhawan tried to win the ball in the opposition and was regretfully eliminated. However, Bairstow was then joined by Rajapaksa and the duo settled the Punjab innings. The opening goal made for an important half-century and Rajapaksa also played a cameo before being eliminated.
But RR pulled things back, with Yuzvendra Chahal once again becoming the archers’ choice with his arrow three times. Liam Livingstone played a few good shots in his 22 knockdowns, but it was Jitesh Sharma who dominated the RR pitchers.
Sharma has almost found the boundary at will to give Punjab some much-needed impetus during the prison break. PBKS will be happy to aim 190 in a game of the day. They were hoping to get early catches and expose RR’s lack of depth in hitting the ball to give themselves a chance to win.
However, a stellar start from Jos Buttler, who scored 30 from just 16 balls before knocking out Kagiso Rabada, led RR to 67/1 late in the game.