IPL 2022: PBKS picks up the win against RCB in an epic thriller

The batting pitch of the DY Patil Stadium saw raining fours and sixes all over the ground, where the Punjab Kings secured the victory over the Royal Challengers after an epic showdown. The crowd showed some breathtaking performances from players of both sides, however, it was the PBKS who laughed the last laugh.

South African legend Faf du Plessis debuted for RCB as the captain of the team, and with this and others’ performances, they set a mammoth target of 205 on the scoreboard. However, PBKS made it look as easy as ABC, and chased down the total with one over left, in the second innings.

Performance by PBKS

PBKS indeed did a phenomenal performance on the pitch and chased down the mammoth target in the penultimate over of their innings. RCB batted first, and skipper Du Plessis played a stormy inning of 88 runs from 57 balls with 4 fours and 7 sixes. Virat Kohli also played a good knock of 41, out of 29, and at the end, veteran Dinesh Karthik finished their innings with a speedy knock of 32 from 14 balls with 3 fours and sixes respectively.

Though there is nothing as unpredictable as an IPL match, it seemed like the match is over in the first half itself. However, PBKS started attacking the RCB bowlers from the beginning, as Mayank Agarwal and Shikhar Dhawan gave Punjab a food start. They used the powerplay wisely and made above 60 runs in the first 6 overs. Srilankan explosive batter Bhanuka Rajapaksha played a stormy knock of his own scoring 43 of 22 balls, with 2 fours and 4 sixes, and got the required run rate down.

Factors helping Punjab to win their first match in TATA IPL 2022

Some of the prime factors which helped Punjab achieve the victory against RCB are Rajapaksha’s unbelievable knock in the middle overs, Most of the PBKS batsmen getting runs, and most importantly, the innings of Odean Smith of 25 runs of only 8 balls with 1 four and 3 sixes, helped the PBKS to achieve victory in the 19the over, and increase the net run rate. Smith was given the man of the match award for his brilliance.

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