Bairstow’s half-century, Punjab set Royals a target of 190 runs

Mumbai, May 7 (PTI) Jonny Bairstow’s half-century and Jitesh Sharma’s flamboyant innings helped Punjab Kings post a massive total of 189 for five against Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League here on Saturday.

Bairstow made 56 off 40 balls with eight fours and a six. Jitesh (38 not out in 18 balls, four fours, two sixes) and Liam Livingstone (22 off 14 balls, two sixes, two fours) shared a 50-run partnership in just 26 balls for the fifth wicket to take the Royals to a strong score. . Bhanuka Rajapaksa also played a useful innings of 27 runs.

Yuzvendra Chahal was the most successful bowler for the Royals, taking three wickets for 28 runs. The famous Krishna proved to be quite expensive. He took one wicket for 48 runs in four overs.

Bairstow and Shikhar Dhawan (12) got the team off to a cautious start after Punjab Kings captain Mayank Agarwal won the toss and elected to bat.

Bairstow hit two fours in the first over of Trent Boult but this fast bowler put Dhawan in the third over. Bairstow welcomed pacer Kuldeep Sen with two consecutive fours and then hit Boult for a four and a six.

Dhawan also hit the famous Krishna and Boult for fours but in the sixth over he was caught by Jos Buttler at mid-off off Ravichandran Ashwin.

Punjab team scored 48 runs for one wicket in the power play.

Bhanuka Rajapakse (27) hit sixes on Yuzvendra Chahal and Sen as soon as he came, while Krishna also hit two consecutive fours. The left-handed batsman, however, missed the ball and got bowled while trying to play a big shot on Chahal.

Captain Agarwal took the team’s score beyond 100 runs in the 12th over with two consecutive fours on Ashwin. Bairstow completed his fifty in 34 balls with a run off Sen in the next over.

Agarwal, however, after scoring 15 runs in 13 balls, tried to play a big shot off Chahal, giving Butler a simple catch at long on.

Chahal also took Bairstow leg in the same over.

Jitesh and Livingstone then went on to collect runs. Livinstone hit a six on Ashwin while Jitesh showed his attitude with two consecutive fours on Krishna and a six on Chahal.

Livingstone hit a six and four on Krishna in the 19th over but was bowled in the same over.

Jitesh hit two fours and a six in Sen’s final over.