Faulkner sparkles as Rajasthan win by 26 runs against Punjab

Australian all-rounder James Faulkner evoked an essential 46-run thump and afterward took three wickets as Rajasthan Royals pipped Kings XI Punjab by 26 runs in their Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket match, here today.

Royals figured out how to get on board a respectable 162 for seven, on account of Faulkner's intrepid batting, in the wake of being welcome to bat on a pitch which had a ton of grass.

Faulkner's profitable thump, in which he rebuffed the opponent bowlers with two fours and three sixes, came when Royals were panting at 75 for five.

His 51-run stand with debutant Deepak Hooda (30) was likewise essential in their recuperation separated from captain Steven Smith's 33-run thump from 23 balls.

Pacers Mitchell Johnson (2/34) and Anureet Singh (3/23) imparted five wickets between them for Punjab.

Royals bowlers kept it tight from the earliest starting point, not giving Punjab batsmen runs openly and took wickets at consistent interims. Their fielding was exceptional and assumed a critical part in their win as they pulled off two shocking gets and an equivalent number of run outs.

Faulkner (3/26) represented hazardous Glenn Maxwell alongside opponent captain George Bailey in his three-wicket pull while Tim Southee (2/36) took two wickets as Punjab completed at 136 for eight.

The begin to Punjab's pursuit was terrible as Virender Sehwag was out for a brilliant duck and Wriddhiman Saha (7) was run out in absolute disarray with Murali Vijay.

Maxwell was casualty of a shocking catch by Southee off Faulkner as Punjab lost fast wickets, because of radiant fielding exertion by the Royals players.