Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) defeated Punjab Kings by 6 runs in their Indian Premier League (IPL) game in Sharjah on Sunday, with Glenn Maxwell’s (57 off 33 balls) six-hitting ability and Yuzvendra Chahal’s (3/29) superb performance.
RCB joined Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals in the playoffs with this victory. Punjab Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians, and Rajasthan Royals will compete for fourth place in a four-team struggle.
The RCB, headed by Virat Kohli, has qualified for the second year in a row for the playoffs.
After choosing to bat, RCB’s middle-order collapsed after openers Devdutt Padikkal (40; 38 balls, 4×4; 2×6) and Virat Kohli (25; 24 balls, 2×4; 1×6) put up 68 runs for the first wicket.
Maxwell, having one of his greatest IPL seasons, blasted four sixes and three fours in 29 balls to finish with 50 runs.
He and AB De Villiers (23 off 18 balls; 1×4; 2×6) put on a 73-run fourth-wicket stand to get their team back on track.
After getting a reprieve in the fifth over, Kohli was in his element when youthful Sarfaraz Khan lost a problematic chance at the short-mid wicket. After Powerplay, the duo tore into the Punjab Kings attack, racing to a 55/0 lead.
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On the other hand, Punjab pinned RCB back with three fast wickets, all taken by Moises Henriques. He cleaned up Kohli first, then pushed Dan Christian to give Sarfaraz Khan a legal catch on the following ball.
After a strong opening stand, RCB fought back in the middle overs, taking frequent wickets. KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal, the PBKS openers, got off to a good start pursuing the 165-run goal, scoring 49 runs in the Powerplay.
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However, their demise began when PBKS captain KL Rahul was bowled for 39 runs by Shahbaz Ahmed in the 11th over. While defending the 165-run mark, RCB got a foot in the door.
Yuzvendra Chahal turned the game around for RCB by taking two wickets in one over, while PBKS faltered, losing three quick wickets in a 165-run chase. Harshal Patel then successfully defended 19 runs in the final over.