Punjab Kings Makes a Quick Turnaround to Give a Big Boost to Their Playoffs Chances
RCB vs PBKS: Despite a promising 64-run partnership on the board, RCB ran short of 54 runs to seal a victory
Punjab Kings pulled off a thumping 54-run victory over the Royals, giving a boost to their playoff chances in Barbourne Stadium, Mumbai. They clinched their sixth win of the season and are now firmly sitting at sixth on the points table owing to their lower run rate than DC. They have two games left in the cue and are looking promising to take notes at the cherry. They lost at the toss and batting first but posted a majestic total of 209 runs on the board as Jonny Bairstow and Livingstone came out guns blazing scoring 66 and 70 respectively. Despite the four wickets of Harshal Patel RCB failed to contain them to a paltry total on the board. In response, RCB kicked off with a shaky start to their inning and lost wickets in quick successions, and eventually packed up their inning at 155, losing nine wickets on the board.
Punjab Kings Inning
Batting first, Mayank-led Punjab Kings teed off with a fiery start to their inning as Jonny Bairstow came out guns blazing in the powerplay dispatching the ball for mammoth sixes into the stands. His aggression combined with Shikhar Dhawan's elegance brought up King's half-century in just four overs. They batted like beasts and dismantled the opposition with absolute perfection. Dhawan lost his wicket to Glen Maxwell after launching him for a colossal six into the crowd. He scored 21 off 15 with two fours and a six. Meanwhile, his partner Bairstow carried on with his brutal motives and dispatched Siraj for three humongous sixes and a four in a 23-run sixth over of the inning, finishing the powerplay with 83 runs on the board. This was the second-highest powerplay total ever for Punjab Kings in the IPL.
Right after the marvelous powerplay on the board, Bhanuka Rajapaksa got touched at a short third man by Harshal Patel. He miscued an inside out, facing a googly from Hasaranga. But things got a quick turn as Jonny Bairstow walked back into the dugout after a marathon inning and Punjab Kings engaged in a brief lull of 13 runs in three overs.
Thereafter, Liam Livingstone joined the crease and ended the brief slump, slamming Shahbaz for a 15-run over with a boundary and a six. Livingstone was going great guns but on the other end, the skipper Mayank Agarwal struggled for timing. He found himself in the dugout after picking up to fours of Harshal but failed to capitalize on an offcuter and spooned the ball to Hasaranga at a backward point. Punjab Kings' lower middle-order collapsed to score big but they managed to put a majestic total of 209 runs on the board, losing nine wickets.
Jonny Bairstow scored a fiery inning of 66 runs off 29 balls with a strike rate of 227.58. He dispatched four well-struck boundaries and seven massive sixes. He grabbed the man of the match award for his blistering inning at the top.
Liam Livingstone amassed 70 runs off 42 deliveries with a strike rate of 166.66, smashing five elegantly played boundaries and four colossal sixes into the stands.
Harshal Patel scalped four wickets, leaking out 34 runs in his four-over spell and Hasaranga plunked two wickets with an economy of 3.75.
Royal Challengers Bangalore Reply
In Response, to the mammoth total on the board, RCB kicked off with a bad start as they lost three wickets in the first five overs of the play. For a moment it looked that Virat Kohli is back into form as he dispatched two boundaries and a six but Rabada struck in with a short-pitched thunderbolt that brushed the glove before lobbing off the thigh pad to the short fine leg for a simple catch to Chahar. Initially, the umpire looked not convinced with the appeal but Kings overturned the decision on review and RCB lost their first wicket at 34 on the board. Things worsened when Rishi Dhawan grabbed Faf du Plessis and Mahipal Lomror in the fifth over of the inning. RCB ended their powerplay with three wickets on the board.
Thereafter, Glen Maxwell and Rajat Patidar salvaged the inning, putting a 64-run fourth-wicket partnership on the board. They played out the Kings' relentless bowling line with absolute perfection, severing the ball on either side of the pitch. They created a loophole around the early disaster and took Kings to 95 after ten overs.
With Maxwell and Patidar on the crease, RCB seemed promising to cross the finishing line but Chahar struck in breaking the 64-run stand as Patidar got pouched at long-on in the hands of Shikhar Dhawan. In the next over, Harpreet Barar struck putting the final nail on RCB's hope of winning the game as he send Maxwell back into the pavilion trapping him in the long-off in the hands of Livingstone. Thereafter, RCB's lower middle order with the likes of Dinesh Karthik and Harshal Patel struggled to score big on the board as Arshdeep Singh contained them with precise yorkers and variation of pace. He bowled an excellent 15th over, giving away only two runs, and got Dinesh Karthik dismissed. After a fascinating run of fluctuating fortunes, the Royals fell 54 runs short of the stated target on the board, a thumping win for the Kings.
Rajat Patidar scored 26 runs off 21 balls with two boundaries and one six sailing over the boundary cushion into the stands.
Glen Maxwell slammed 35 runs off 22 balls with a strike rate of 159.09, smashing three well-timed fours and one six.
Kagiso Rabada grabbed three wickets, leaking out just 21 runs in his four-over spell. Meanwhile, Rishi Dhawan and Rahul Chahar got two wickets each.
Scores in Brief
Punjab Kings 209 for 9 (I am Livingstone 70, Bairstow 66, Harshal 4-34) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 155 for 9 (Maxwell 35, Patidar 26, Rabada 3-21) by 54 runs.