New Delhi: Punjab King rode on Jonny Bairstow (66 off 29 balls) and Liam Livingstone’s (70 off 42 balls) pyrotechnics to defeat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 54 runs right here on Friday and maintain their play-off hopes alive. Invited to bat, Bairstow smashed 4 boundaries and 7 sixes in his knock to begin the Punjab Kings innings on an explosive word. His compatriot Livingstone then hammered 5 fours and 4 maximums on the again finish to take Punjab Kings to 209 for 9.
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The Kings bowlers then rallied to restrict RCB to 155 for 9 to remain alive within the competitors. Kagiso Rabada (3/21) snared three wickets, whereas Rahul Chahar (2/37) and Rishi Dhawan (2/36) accounted for 2 RCB batters every.
For RCB, dying over specialist Harshal Patel (4/34) and spinner Wanindu Hasaranga (2/15) had been the highest bowlers.
Punjab Kings 209 for 9 in 20 overs (Liam Livingstone 70, Jonny Bairstow 66; Harshal Patel 4/34 ,Wanindu Hasaranga 2/15)
Royal Challengers Bangalore 155 for 9 in 20 overs (Glenn Maxwell 35, Rajat Pitidar 26; Kagiso Rabada 3/21)
RCB enjoying XI: Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis (c), Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Mahipal Lomror, Shahbaz Ahmed, Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Josh Hazlewood
PBKS enjoying XI: Jonny Bairstow, Shikhar Dhawan, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Mayank Agarwal (c), Jitesh Sharma (wk), Liam Livingstone, Rishi Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Harpreet Brar, Arshdeep Singh