The 52nd match of the IPL 2022 saw Rajasthan Royals (RR) defeating Punjab Kings (PBKS) by 6 wickets to keep their playoff contention alive. This match was played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on May 7, 2022.
Punjab Kings (PBKS) won the toss and Mayank Agarwal decided to bat first in the day game. PBKS went in unchanged, while RR brought in Yashasvi Jaiswal for Karun Nair in their playing XI.
Jonny Bairstow (56), Jitesh Sharma (38*), and Bhanuka Rajapaksa (27) helped PBKS put on 189/5 in the 20 overs. Yuzvendra Chahal continued his wicket-taking spree as he took 3/28 in 4 overs.
It was a steep target and when Jos Buttler fell for 30 runs and Sanju Samson made 23, there was a bit of panic, but Yashasvi Jaiswal kept it together for RR with 68 in 41 balls with 9 fours and 2 sixes.
After he got out, Devdutt Padikkal with 31, and Shimron Hetmyer with 31* in 16 balls, took the RR team home in the last over with 6 wickets to spare.
This was RR’s first win chasing this season and with this win, they now have 14 points from 11 games with 7 wins, while PBKS has 5 wins from 11 games now. This win for RR meant that Mumbai Indians became the first team to be eliminated from the IPL 2022 playoffs race.
The cricket fraternity was all full of praises for RR’s victory and lauded Yashshavi Jaiswal’s knock on social media.
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