The Punjab Kings kept themselves alive in the playoff race by beating Royal Challengers Bangalore by 54 points at Brabourne Stadium on Friday. Crucial shots from Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone took Punjab past the 200 point mark which ultimately proved too much for RCB.
Bairstow scored 66 from just 29, while Livingstone netted 70 from 42 after Punjab were asked to strike first by RCB skipper Faf du Plessis who decided to play first.
Chasing a huge target of 210 runs, RCB didn’t get off to a good start, they lost the first three wickets and could only score 155 runs, losing nine wickets, despite being off the pace.
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With the win, the Punjab Kings move up to sixth in the standings, with 12 points from as many games, while RCB remain fourth, having played 13 games.
A clinical victory for @PunjabKingsIPL!
While Punjab remain in the mix with 12 points from as many games, the margin of victory has significantly improved their net run rate to +0.210 and the RCB despite 14 points from 13 games is at -0.323.
RCB will need to win their last game and move to 16 points, but they will also now have to go green with some favorable results.
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It was another day and another failure for Virat Kohli (20), who received a light tickle under the brim of his gloves before he touched his thigh and hopped on a short, thin leg of a Kagiso Rabada (4-0-21-3) delivery.
Rabada was literally unplayable that day as he was working at a good pace and hitting the ideal length for a good portion of his spell.
With PTI entries