Barosto (66 off 29 balls) and Livingstone (70 off 42 balls) were required by the Punjab Kings to win by 209 runs for the loss of 9 wickets and the scoreboard always said that because RCB was limited to 155 runs for 9 wickets in 20 overs.
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While Punjab remained in the mix with 12 points from many games, their net run-rate improved significantly to +0.210 from the margin of victory and RCB is at -0.323 despite having 14 points in 13 games.
RCB will have to reach 16 points after winning their final game but will now need to go green with some favorable results.
It was the second day and another setback for Virat Kohli (20), who got an under-edge tickle on his gloves before hitting his thigh pad and bobbed to the short fine leg of Kagiso Rabada (4-0-21-3). . ) Delivery.
Rabada was literally vague that day as he worked at a good pace and hit the ideal full length for the better part of his spell.
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Rishi Dhawan (4-0-36-2), perhaps the weakest link in the Punjab attack, then Faf du Plessis hit an end to Jitesh Sharma behind the stumps and Mahipal Lomror’s explosive pull shot completed his lack of speed. Taken by Shikhar Dhawan.
Silver Patidar (26) and Glenn Maxwell (35) added 64 runs but they were never in the game and both took leave one by one.
And when Dinesh Karthik (11) was caught out by the brilliant Arshdeep Singh (4-0-27-1) by a huge yorker and a short third man on the circle, RCB was out in an instant.
Earlier, Bairstow’s opening blitzkrieg found its ideal match in Livingstone’s finishing genocide.
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While Bairstow laid the foundation with a 29-ball-66, Livingstone did just as well in his 42-ball-70 as the RCB bowlers had a day they wanted to forget in a hurry.
Bairstow, who was rusty during the previous stages of the tournament, returned to his element with seven sixes and four boundaries during one knock where he literally went to hell for leather.
His dominance was such that by the time Powerplay completed six overs, Bairstow had hit seven sixes and Shikhar Dhawan (21 off 15 balls) had salted the wound with another one, making it a total of eight sixes.
Punjab Kings scored 83 runs in six overs with Glenn Maxwell (1/17 in 2 overs), Josh Hazlewood (0/64 in 4 overs) and Mohammad Siraj (0/36 in 2 overs) setting a powerplay start. ) Treats with complete dislike.
While Maxwell managed to catch Dhawan, both Hazlewood and Siraj were guilty of short bowling on a pitch that offered true bounce. Bairstow effortlessly pulled them and flicked them into the stand, and they landed in the stand by the time of delivery.
It only helps that one side limit was only 66 meters, which is a dream for any power-heater.
Siraj’s first spell was unforgettable in which he hit four sixes, while Hazlewood scored 22 in his first over. The Australian had his worst IPL figures ever.
However, after the powerplay, once Vanindu Hasaranga (2/15 in 4 overs) and Shahbaz Ahmed (1/40 in 4 overs) started working, RCB stopped the flow of runs with wicket-to-wicket bowling.
Bengal left-arm spinner Shahbaz was rewarded for his tight line as Bairstow eventually made a mistake and Siraj did well to pouch the skier.
After 83 in the first half, 22 runs were scored between the 7th and 10th overs.
Both Hasranga and Shahbaz bowled wide outside the off-stump and did not allow Livingstone and Agarwal to be charged down the track.
Still the Englishman managed two sixes and a reverse sweep boundary to continue his good form in the competition and then Hershel Patel (4/34 in 4 overs) was muscular in the stand towards Fag End despite being extraordinary at the time of death.
His fifty came off 35 balls and by the time he was out, he had four out of 14 sixes in Punjab’s innings.