Jos Buttler took a one-handed stunner while running back to dismiss Shikhar Dhawan in the ongoing game between Rajasthan Royals and Punjab Kings.
Punjab Kings are up against Rajasthan Royals in the 52nd match of the IPL 2022 at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. It is a vital game for both sides as Punjab Kings are battling to stay relevant in the playoffs race, and a win today could take them to the top four. Meanwhile, Rajasthan Royals are also looking to get closer to the playoffs.
Punjab Kings‘ skipper Mayank Agarwal won the toss and elected to bat first in the day game. The opening pair of Shikhar Dhawan and Jonny Bairstow gave the Kings a solid start. Today, Jonny Bairstow looked in an aggressive mood as Dhawan, and the Englishman added 46 runs in five overs without losing a wicket.
Getting desperate for a wicket, skipper Sanju Samson called the veteran spinner Ravi Ashwin to bowl the final over of the powerplay.
A stunning catch from Jos Buttler ends Shikhar Dhawan’s knock
Ravi Ashwin delivered a wide on the first delivery of the over but bounced back in style by scalping Shikhar Dhawan’s wicket on the next bowl. It was a flighted delivery on the wickets, and Dhawan shimmied down the wickets to hit the bowl over the mid-on.
However, the left-handed southpaw didn’t get the desired connection, and Jos Buttler grabbed a screamer on the mid-on while back-pedalling. It was a huge wicket for the Royals as Shikhar Dhawan has been in a mighty form with the bat this season.
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Punjab Kings have applied their usual attacking approach in this game. At the time of writing, the Kings from the North have amassed 105/2 in 12 overs. While Jonny Bairstow is batting at 49 runs off 32 deliveries, Mayank Agarwal is batting at 11 runs off 6 deliveries.