In a game that resembled a see-saw, Punjab Kings held their ground to win over Royal Challengers Bangalore by five wickets in the IPL 2022. The RCB vs PBKS match that took place at DY Patil Stadium, witnessed magic from Odean Smith, who provided the finishing touches to PBKS’ chase.
The late-night drama in the RCB vs PBKS match
Punjab Kings needed 50 in just over five overs. Odean Smith nailed the final screw of RCB’s coffin by changing the course of the game. He smacked three sixes and a boundary in the 18th over. His pyrotechnics was encapsulated when he flatted a short delivery from Siraj.
In the Abu Dhabi T10 League, he did something special when he flat-batted Mohammad Amir’s short ball over midwicket. On the other hand, Shahrukh Khan did his part by playing with a cool head on his shoulders. In the 19th over, he also hit a six and a four off Harshal Patel to help his team cross the finish line.
RCB vs PBKS: How did Punjab chase RCB down?
Incidentally, PBKS started on the right note in pursuit of a sizeable total to chase. Shikhar Dhawan and skipper Mayank Agarwal stood their ground with an alliance of 71 runs for the opening wicket. Mayank later fell to Wanindu Hasaranga.
Dhawan headed down the track to both David Willey and the spinner Shahbaz Ahmed to keep the scorecard ticking. The RCB camp was frustrated by the extras that got leaked. The extras reached up to 22. Even the spearhead like Siraj, was guilty of bowling extras, with the pacer giving away 10 wides in the second over.
RCB vs PBKS: Faf du Plessis’s wonder innings that went in vain
In the first innings, RCB had turned the tide after a rather sedate start on the back of skipper Faf du Plessis’s 57-ball 88 and Virat Kohli’s 29-ball-41. The innings by du Plessis took a heavy toll on Smith in the 13th over when he ate two boundaries and two sixes.
Dinesh Karthik also played his role finishing with an undefeated 14-ball 32. Karthik pulled off a lofted shot of Sandeep Sharma’s split-finger delivery for six over covers in the last over.
After RCB vs PBKS, RCB will take on Kolkata Knight Riders on March 30 at the DY Patil Sports Academy while PBKS will play against KKR at the Wankhede Stadium on April 1.
Brief Scores: Royal Challengers Bangalore205/2 in 20 overs (Faf du Plessis 88; Rahul Chahar 1-22) lost to Punjab Kings208/5 in 19 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 43, Bhanuka Rajapaksa 43; Mohammed Siraj 2-59) by five wickets.