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‘Yashasvi Jaiswal trolling RR for benching him the whole season’ – Twitter lauds youngster’s half-century

Yashasvi Jaiswal scored his first fifty of IPL 2022 for the Rajasthan Royals in their fixture against Punjab Kings on Saturday afternoon. The 20-year-old scored 68 off 41 balls, smashing nine fours and two sixes at a strike-rate of 165 to help the Royals post a 7-wicket victory over the Kings with two balls to spare.

Jaiswal is playing only his fourth game of the season. He was dropped after a couple of low scores at the start of the tournament, playing his last match on April 5 against RCB where he was dismissed for 4. Devdutt Padikkal replaced him at the top for a few games, but the youngster returned today in a blaze of glory to cement his place in the side.

20-year-old Yashasvi Jaiswal returns after drop, top scores for Rajasthan Royals

Showing intent right from the moment he took strike, Jaiswal slapped two fours and a six off Sandeep Sharma in the opening over of the Royals’ 190-run chase. His opening partner Jos Buttler scored a quickfire 30, most of which came during one massive 20-run over off Kagiso Rabada, but was dismissed off the last ball of it. The two added a 47-run partnership off 31 balls, then Jaiswal was joined by skipper Sanju Samson.

The skipper was due for a big score, but couldn’t get past 23(12), meanwhile Padikkal struggled for his 32, which took 31 balls to score. But Jaiswal batted fluently, and when he was dismissed in the 15th over he’d already done his job – the Royals needed 49 off 35 balls, and an undefeated 30-run cameo from Shimron Hetmeyer helped them there.

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