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IPL 2022: Jonny Bairstow and Liam Livingstone Lead PBKS to a 54-run victory against RCB

Punjab Kings buried Royal Challengers Bangalore in a flood of runs on Friday to keep their IPL 2022 playoff chances alive with a 54-run win, with half-centuries from Jonny Bairstow and Liam Livingstone.

Punjab Kings scored 209 for 9 in a must-win game, with Bairstow (66 off 29 balls) and Livingstone (70 off 42 balls) leading the way. The scoreboard was always telling, as RCBs were reduced to 155 for 9 in 20 overs.

While Punjab has 12 points from as many games, the margin of victory has boosted their net run rate to 0.210, while RCB has 14 points from 13 games and has a -0.323.

RCB will need to win their last game to move to 16 points, but they will also need some luck in a few favorable outcomes.

Another day, another failure for Virat Kohli (20), who had a tiny under-edge tickle on his gloves before a Kagiso Rabada (4-0-21-3) ball struck his thigh pad and bobbed up to a short fine leg.

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Rabada was unplayable on the day, bowling at a terrific tempo and hitting the perfect fuller length for the whole of his stint.

Rishi Dhawan (4-0-36-2), possibly Punjab’s weakest link, compensated for his lack of speed by striking excellent length as Faf du Plessis edged one to Jitesh Sharma behind stumps, and Shikhar Dhawan took Mahipal Lomror’s rasping pull shot.

Although Rajat Patidar (26) and Glenn Maxwell (35) each contributed 64 runs, they were never in the game since they both quickly left.

RCB flickered out instantly when Dinesh Karthik (11) was snuffed out by the superb Arshdeep Singh (4-0-27-1) with a wide yorker and a catch by a short third-man on the circle.

Earlier, Bairstow’s initial barrage met its equal in Livingstone’s last slaughter.

While Bairstow built the framework with a 29-ball 66, Livingstone was similarly impressive with a 42-ball 70 as the RCB bowlers had a day they’d rather forget.

Bairstow, who had been scratchy throughout the early stages of the competition, was back in his element with seven sixes and four boundaries in a knock in which he risked.

Bairstow’s control was so complete that by the conclusion of the Powerplay, he had struck seven soaring sixes, with Shikhar Dhawan (21 off 15 balls) adding another to make it eight in total.

Punjab Kings, who had set the standard for blistering Powerplay starts, scored 83 in six overs, dismissing Glenn Maxwell (1/17 in two overs), Josh Hazlewood (0/64 in four overs), and Mohammed Siraj (0/36 in two overs).

While Maxwell successfully got Dhawan, Hazlewood and Siraj bowled short on a surface with a natural bounce.
Bairstow drew and flicked them into the stands with ease, and by the time deliveries pitched up, they had also landed in the stands. It didn’t hurt that one side’s boundary was just 66 meters, ideal for any power batter.

Siraj had a dismal opening stint, blasted for four sixes, while Hazlewood had gone for 22 in his first over. The Australian suffered his poorest IPL performance to date.

After Wanindu Hasaranga (2/15 in 4 overs) and Shahbaz Ahmed (1/40 in 4 overs) came into action after the Powerplay, RCB was able to stop the flow of runs with some tight wicket-to-wicket bowling.

Bengal left-arm spinner Shahbaz rewarded his tight lines when Bairstow mistimed one, and Siraj did an excellent job of pouncing on the skier.

After scoring 83 in the first six overs, the scoring dropped dramatically to 22 in the seventh and tenth overs.

Hasaranga and Shahbaz bowled wide outside the off-stump, denying Livingstone and Agarwal the opportunity to race down the track.

Even though Harshal Patel (4/34 in 4 overs) was excellent towards the death, the Englishman scored a couple of sixes and a reverse sweeping boundary to maintain his strong record in the game and then muscled into the stands near the conclusion.

His fifty came off 35 balls, and by the time he was out, he had four of the Punjab innings’ 14 sixes.