Mumbai. Jonny Bairstow and Liam Livingston batted brilliantly. Punjab Kings scored 209 for 9 against Royal Challengers Bangalore with the help of half-century innings of both. This is the team’s highest score of the current season. Earlier, the team had scored the highest 208 runs against RCB itself. In the match (RCB vs PBKS), RCB captain Faf du Plessis won the toss and decided to bowl. Punjab needs to win this match to stay in the race for the playoffs. In the 11 matches played before this, the team has been able to win only 5 matches.
Out to bat first, Shikhar Dhawan and Jonny Bairstow gave Punjab Kings a great start. The team’s 50 runs were completed in the fourth over itself. Both added 60 runs in 5 overs for the first wicket. Dhawan made 21 off 15 balls and was bowled by Glenn Maxwell. Hits 2 fours and a six. Bhanuka Rajapaksa was dismissed by Wanindu Hasaranga for just one run.
Fifty century in 21 balls
Jonny Bairstow completed half century in just 21 balls. This is his second consecutive fifty. He scored 66 off 29 balls and was dismissed by left-arm spinner Shahbaz Ahmed. Hit 4 fours and 7 sixes. That is, 58 runs were scored from the boundary only. Captain Mayank Agarwal fell victim to fast bowler Harshal Patel after scoring 19 runs off 16 balls. Hit 3 fours. After 15 overs, the team’s score was 152 runs for 4 wickets.
Fifty completed by fours
RCB leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga bowled brilliantly. He gave only 15 runs in 4 overs and also took 2 wickets. He has taken 23 wickets so far and the Purple Cap has come to him. Chahal has also taken 23 wickets. Livingstone completed his fifty off 35 balls with a four. This is his fourth half-century of the current season. Hit 4 fours and 2 sixes. He scored 24 runs in the 19th over of Hazlewood including 2 sixes and 2 fours. With this, the team’s 200 runs were also completed.
Jose Hazlewood proved to be very expensive. He gave 64 runs in 4 overs and could not take any wicket. This is the worst performance by a bowler for the team in the history of IPL. Harshal Patel dismissed Livingstone in the 20th over. He scored 70 runs off 42 balls. Hit 5 fours and 4 sixes. Only 4 runs were scored in the over and 4 wickets fell. Harshal bowled brilliantly and took 4 wickets for 34 runs.
FIRST PUBLISHED : May 13, 2022, 21:24 IST