Punjab Kings buried Royal Challengers Bangalore underneath a deluge of runs as they stored their play-off hopes alive with 54-run victory in IPL 2022, using on excellent half-centuries from Jonny Bairstow and Liam Livingstone on Friday. Bairstow (66 off 29 balls) and Livingstone (70 off 42 balls) propelled Punjab Kings to 209 for 9 in a must-win recreation and the scoreboard was at all times going to be telling as RCB had been restricted to 155 for 9 in 20 overs.
Whereas Punjab stay within the combine with 12 factors from as many video games, the margin of victory significantly improved their web run-rate to 0.210 and RCB regardless of having 14 factors from 13 video games are at a -0.323.
RCB should win their last recreation and transfer to 16 factors but additionally now must have some rub of the inexperienced with just a few beneficial outcomes going their means.
It was one other day and one other failure for Virat Kohli (20), who bought a faint under-edge tickle on his gloves earlier than it hit his thigh pad and bobbed as much as brief wonderful leg off a Kagiso Rabada (4-0-21-3) supply.
Rabada was actually unplayable on the day as he labored good tempo and hit the best fuller size for higher a part of his spell.
Rishi Dhawan (4-0-36-2), maybe the weakest hyperlink in Punjab assault, then made up for his lack of tempo by hitting immaculate size as Faf du Plessis edged one to Jitesh Sharma behind stumps and Mahipal Lomror’s rasping pull shot was taken by Shikhar Dhawan.
Rajat Patidar (26) and Glenn Maxwell (35) did add 64 runs however they had been by no means within the recreation with each departing in fast succession.
And when Dinesh Karthik (11) was snuffed out by the sensible Arshdeep Singh (4-0-27-1) with a large yorker and a catch by brief third-man on the circle, RCB fizzled out in a jiffy.
Earlier, Bairstow’s opening blitzkrieg discovered its superb match in Livingstone’s ending carnage.
Whereas Bairstow laid the muse with a 29-ball-66, Livingstone was equally good in his 42-ball-70 because the RCB bowlers had a day which they want to overlook in a rush.
Bairstow, who was rusty in the course of the earlier part of the match, was again in his aspect with as many as seven sixes and 4 boundaries throughout a knock the place he actually went hell for leather-based.
Such was his dominance that by the point six overs of Powerplay ended, Bairstow had hit seven towering sixes and Shikhar Dhawan (21 off 15 balls) rubbed salt to the wound with one other one which made it eight in all.
Punjab Kings, which had set the template of blazing Powerplay begins, bought 83 in six overs with Glenn Maxwell (1/17 in 2 overs), Josh Hazlewood (0/64 in 4 overs) and Mohammed Siraj (0/36 in 2 overs) being handled with utter disdain.
Whereas Maxwell did handle to get Dhawan, each Hazlewood and Siraj had been responsible of bowling brief on a pitch providing true bounce. Bairstow effortlessly pulled and flicked them into the stands and by the point, deliveries pitched up, they landed within the stands as properly. It solely helped that the boundary on one aspect was 66 metres solely, which is a dream for any power-hitter.
Siraj had a forgettable first spell the place he was hit for 4 sixes, whereas Hazlewood in his first over had gone for 22. The Australian had his worst IPL figures ever.
Nevertheless submit Powerplay, as soon as Wanindu Hasaranga (2/15 in 4 overs) and Shahbaz Ahmed (1/40 in 4 overs) began working, RCB stemmed the circulation of runs with some tight wicket-to-wicket bowling.
Bengal left-arm spinner Shahbaz was rewarded for his tight traces as Bairstow lastly mistimed one and Siraj did properly to pouch the skier.
After 83 within the first six, there was a drastic dip in scoring as 22 got here in between seventh and tenth overs.
Each Hasaranga and Shahbaz bowled extensive exterior the off-stump not letting Livingstone and Agarwal to cost down the observe.
Nonetheless the Englishman managed a few sixes and a reverse swept boundary to proceed his good kind within the competitors after which muscled into the stands in the direction of the fag finish at the same time as Harshal Patel (4/34 in 4 overs) was distinctive on the loss of life.
His fifty got here off 35 balls and by the point he was out, he had 4 out of these 14 sixes within the Punjab innings.
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