In the 60th match of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022, Punjab Kings (PBKS) defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 54 runs at Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Friday.
Chasing the massive target of 210, the Challengers got off to a flyer with openers Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis adding 31 runs in the first three overs. However, then PBKS made a comeback picking up three wickets in quick succession to reduce RCB to 40/3 in 5 overs.
Glenn Maxwell (35) and Rajat Patidar (26) added 64 runs for the fourth wicket to give some hope to RCB fans. As the duo looked all set to cruise through, the Punjab bowlers yet again came back and removed the pair to take control of the proceedings.
The Challengers never really got the recovery from there on as PBKS restricted them at 155/9 to win the contest by 54 runs.
Earlier, explosive half-centuries by the English duo of Jonny Bairstow and Liam Livingstone helped Punjab Kings post a massive total of 209/9 on the board in their assigned 20 overs. Bairstow scored a brilliant 66 off 29 balls with the help of 11 boundaries, including seven sixes.
Similarly, power-hitter Livingstone smashed a tremendous 70 from 42 deliveries, including 5 fours and 4 maximums. Despite the massive total, RCB pacer Harshal Patel shined with the ball, taking a sensational 4-wicket haul for 34 runs in his quota of 4 overs.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
A clinical win for @PunjabKingsIPL! 👏 👏
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 13, 2022
Not our night but we still have ☝🏻game left in the group stage and we will continue to fight hard for that playoffs spot. #PlayBold #WeAreChallengers #IPL2022 #Mission2022 #RCB #ನಮ್ಮRCB #RCBvPBKS pic.twitter.com/2es63dcnPW
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) May 13, 2022
Punjab played like kings today. Too good from all the bowlers on this flat pitch. Rabada was special again.
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) May 13, 2022
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) May 13, 2022
— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) May 13, 2022
— Vinay Kumar R (@Vinay_Kumar_R) May 13, 2022
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) May 13, 2022
RCB in first 7 games: 5 won & 2 lost
RCB in next 6 games: 2 won & 4 lost
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) May 13, 2022
Punjab won by 54 runs as RCB could only make 155-9
Kagiso Rabada with 3-21#PBKSvRCB
— ThePoppingCrease (@PoppingCreaseSA) May 13, 2022
❤️🏏 TWO IN TWO! PBKS complete a clean sweep against RCB in the league stage this season. This victory has made the race to playoffs interesting as three teams now have a chance to rise up the ranks with a win.
— The Bharat Army (@thebharatarmy) May 13, 2022