With 66 off 29 balls (4×4; 7×6), the Englishman scored 81 in the first six overs to give Punjab a dream start. If Bairstow started, Liam Livingstone He completed Punjab’s innings with 70 off 42 balls, allowing Punjab to complete its quota with 209/9.
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Chasing Prachanda Total was always a difficult task and RCB did no favors by caving early and finishing with 155/9 to give Punjab a 54-run victory. Punjab’s sixth win of the season has not only boosted their thumping run rate but also kept them alive in the competition.
RCB, on the other hand, will miss out on qualifying opportunities in their last league match against the Gujarat Titans next Thursday. RCB openers Virat Kohli (20) and Faf du Plessis (10) got off to a solid start but fast bowler Kagiso Rabada (3/21) hit the first shot.
Kohli’s thin run continued as he short-gloved Rahul Chahar on a short fine leg. Rishi Dhawan (2/36) hit a double over to RCB in the same over by Du Plessis and Mahipal Lomer. Rajat Patidar (26) and Glenn Maxwell (35) put up some resistance but Punjab bowlers were on point as they tightened the screws around RCB’s innings.
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Perfect marks to Livingstone for the way he led his innings. With wickets falling at the other end, he did not hit from the start. He pedaled in the 19th over, which proved crucial for Punjab. Josh Hazlewood, RCB’s go-to pacer. 24 runs were leaked in that over.
Before the spotlight moved to Livingstone, the powerful Bairstow made batting a child’s play.