Recent Match Report – Punjab Kings vs RCB 60th Match 2022

Punjab Kings 209 for 9 (Livingstone 70, Bairstow 66, Harshal 4-34) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 155 for 9 (Maxwell 35, Patidar 26, Rabada 3-21) by 54 runs

Punjab Kings gave their playoffs chances a big boost with a thumping 54-run over Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Brabourne stadium. With 12 points from as many games, Kings are now sixth on the points table, their net run rate being marginally lower than that of fifth-placed Delhi Capitals.

Sent in to bat first, Kings rode on the half-centuries from Jonny Bairstow and Liam Livingstone to post a daunting 209 for 9. Bairstow laid the platform, hitting four fours and seven sixes in his 29-ball 66. Once he got out, Livingstone took over and smashed 70 off 42 balls, studded with five fours and four sixes.

Royal Challengers’ bowling card made for interesting reading. Wanindu Hasaranga conceded just 15 from his four overs and picked up two wickets. Harshal Patel bowled the difficult overs at the death and still finished with 4 for 34 from his four. On the other hand, Josh Hazlewood registered figures of 4-0-64-0.

In response, Royal Challengers lost Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis and Mahipal Lomror within the first five overs. Glenn Maxwell and Rajat Patidar tried to revive the chase but their efforts proved futile. And when Arshdeep Singh dismissed Dinesh Karthik for a run-a-ball 11, it was all over.

Bairstow’s 21-ball fifty sets the tone
Coming into this game, Bairstow had 136 runs in eight innings at an average of 17 and a strike rate of 117.24 in IPL 2022. But here he teed off right from the start. He chipped Maxwell for a straight six in the opening over before biffing Hazlewood twice over deep midwicket. By the end of three overs, he had raced to 34 off 12 balls with four sixes.

Maxwell got rid of Shikhar Dhawan but Bairstow took apart Mohammed Siraj in the last over of the powerplay, hitting him for three sixes and a four. Bairstow brought up his half-century off just 21 balls, his fastest in T20 cricket, as Kings reached 83 for 1 after six overs.

Hasaranga, Shahbaz apply brakes
After a blazing start, Hasaranga and Shahbaz Ahmed pulled things back somewhat. Hasaranga dismissed Bhanuka Rajapaksa in the seventh, the batter slicing a tossed up googly to short third man. Soon after, Bairstow miscued one against Shahbaz and was taken at cover-point. From overs 7 to 11, Kings scored only 25 for the loss of two wickets. But their quick start meant the run rate was still hovering around ten.

Hemant Brar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo


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