IPL 2022: Clinical PBKS keep playoffs hopes alive, beat RCB by 54 runs

IPL 2022: Clinical PBKS keep playoffs hopes alive, beat RCB by 54 runs
IPL 2022: Clinical PBKS keep playoffs hopes alive, beat RCB by 54 runs

IPL 2022: Clinical PBKS keep playoffs hopes alive, beat RCB by 54 runs

IPL 2022: Punjab Kings eased to a 54-run victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore at Brabourne Stadium on Friday.

Despite their best efforts, RCB was unable to match PBKS’ score. With the bat, Liam Livingstone (70) and Jonny Bairstow (66) shone, while Rabada took three wickets and Rishi Dhawan and Rahul Chahar each took two wickets for Punjab Kings.

With 12 points, PBKS is presently in sixth place in the points standings. Also with 14 points, RCB are in fourth place.

Royal Challengers Bangalore got off to a strong start in pursuit of 210 runs, with opener Virat Kohli and captain Faf Du Plessis going for boundaries and sixes. Kohli looked particularly sharp, blasting Arshdeep Singh for two fours in the second over and Harpreet Brar for a big six over long-on in the third.

Kohli was caught for 20 off 14 by Rahul Chahar at short fine leg off a Kagiso Rabada delivery, bringing an end to a quickfire 33-run stand between the two in 20 balls.

This prompted young batsman Rajat Patidar to join captain Plessis to continue the game. They formed a combination that had the right balance of aggression and caution for a 210-mile chase. This stand, however, was short-lived, when Plessis was caught behind by Jitesh Sharma off a Rishi Dhawan delivery for ten runs. The next hitter, Mahipal Lomror, did not last long either, being caught at midwicket by Shikhar Dhawan after hitting a six.

RCB were 44/3 after six overs of the powerplay, with Rajat Patidar (1*) and Glenn Maxwell (3*) at the crease. The team required a large cooperation at this point.

Patidar and Maxwell struck spinners Chahar and Hardeep Brar for 18 and 13 runs, respectively, in the eighth and ninth innings. They quickly made a 50-run stand.

IPL 2022: Clinical PBKS keep playoffs hopes alive, beat RCB by 54 runs
IPL 2022: Clinical PBKS keep playoffs hopes alive, beat RCB by 54 runs

RCB were 95/3 at the end of 10 overs, thanks to Maxwell (28*) and Patidar (26*).

In the 11th over, Bangalore reached 100 runs. Chahar ended Patidar and Maxwell’s 64-run partnership by removing Patidar for 26 runs on Shikhar Dhawan’s safe hands. Maxwell quickly followed him back to the pavilion after scoring 35 points on 22 balls. Chahar’s catch provided Brar with the wicket.

Dinesh Karthik followed Shahbaz Ahmed to the crease. However, Karthik was dismissed for 11 runs by left-arm bowler Arshdeep Singh, who was caught at short third-man by Bhanuka Rajapaksha.

As Harshal Patel took the crease, there was nothing left of RCB’s batting attack to stop Punjab Kings. RCB faced an impending defeat as the required run rate climbed above 18.

Ahmed was the next to go, with Rabada dismissing him for 9 of 14 in the 16th over, reducing Bangalore to 124/7.

The equation had been reduced to 80 out of 24. Chahar dismissed all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga for 1 in the 18th over, with Brar taking a brilliant catch at deep midwicket, and it was basically a formality for PBKS to complete the match.

RCB needed a miracle to score 68 runs in the final two overs to win. Rabada dismissed Harshal Patel for 11 with a catch by skipper Mayank Agarwal at the start of the 19th over, sending Josh Hazlewood to the crease.

RCB were dismissed for 155/9 in their 20 overs, losing by 54 runs.

With 3/21 in four overs, Rabada was the pick of the Punjab bowlers. Also bowling well were Rishi Dhawan (2/36) and Rahul Chahar (2/37).

Jonny Bairstow and Liam Livingstone had earlier driven Punjab Kings to a stunning 209/9 victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Jonny Bairstow smashed 66 runs off 29 deliveries, while Livingstone smashed 70 runs off 42 deliveries. Harshal Patel took four wickets for RCB, while Wanindu Hasaranga took two.

When it came to bat, Punjab Kings got off to a flying start, scoring 30 runs in only two overs without losing a wicket. In the second over of the innings, Jonny Bairstow single-handedly thrashed Josh Hazlewood for 21 runs. Bairstow and Shikhar Dhawan thrashed the RCB bowlers all over the field.

The explosive combo pushed their team’s total above 50 runs in just four overs, as well as their 50-run partnership for the first wicket. They continued to pummelled the Bangalore bowlers and piled up the runs. With a massive six over long-on, Dhawan welcomed Glenn Maxwell’s second over of the session.

Bangalore breathed a sigh of relief when Maxwell dismissed Dhawan for 21 runs, reducing PBKS to 60/1. Dhawan’s wicket sent Bhanuka Rajapaksa to the crease, and he joined Bairstow in attacking the RCB bowlers. Bairstow smashed every ball in Mohammed Siraj’s sixth over of the innings for six or four runs. Punjab seemed unfazed by the loss of Dhawan’s wicket, as Bairstow smashed all over the place to reach his half-century.

Wanindu Hasaranga dismissed fellow Sri Lankan Bhanuka Rajapaksa for one run in the seventh over.

After that, Liam Livingstone batted first and kept the momentum going. In only the ninth over of the innings, Livingstone and Bairstow pushed their team’s total above 100 runs.

When Shahbaz Ahmed dismissed hard-hitting Bairstow for 66 runs, RCB breathed a sigh of relief.

Mayank Agarwal, the PBKS captain, then joined Livingstone on the crease. Wanindu Hasaranga struck for three runs and dominated the PBKS pair in his over. Mayank retired with 19 runs on the board. Following Mayank’s dismissal, PBKS failed to put together a stable partnership, losing Jitesh Sharma and Harpreet Brar cheaply. Livingstone reached his half-century in 34 balls in the 19th over of the innings.

Harshal Patel struck again in the 20th over, dismissing Livingstone and Rishi Dhawan for only four runs, and Punjab’s innings came to a close with 209/9.

Brief Scores:

Punjab Kings 209/9 in 20 overs (Liam Livingstone 70, Jonny Bairstow 66, Harshal Patel 4/34)

Royal Challengers Bangalore 155/9 in 20 overs (Glenn Maxwell 35, Rajat Patidar 26, Kagiso Rabada 3/21)