The Punjab Kings registered a dominating victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore by defeating them a significant margin of 54 runs at the Brabourne Stadium. The prime factor for PBKS’s victory was Jonny Bairstow who set the tone at the beginning of the match with his terrific innings. PBKS batted first and put up a mammoth score of 209 for the loss of 9 wickets in 20 overs. Coming to bowl, they limited RCB within 155 and dismissed 9 of their batsmen. Here are 3 factors to consider which helped PBKS to secure the win.
Jonny Bairstow starting on a high note
The first thing which set the tone of PBKS’s performance in the match was Jonny Bairstow’s incredible innings of 66 from just 29 deliveries. He hit 4 fours and 7 sixes and played with a strike rate of 227.59. For his innings, Punjab was able to score 83 runs in the powerplay which is considered the highest of the season.
Liam Livingstone’s 70 of 42
No other batsmen except Bairstow and Livingstone were able to stand for long, and the main credit goes to these two for which Punjab was able to score past the 200-run mark. Livingstone played brilliant innings of 70 of 42 balls with 5 fours and 4 sixes and had a strike rate of 166.67. After Bairstow, he handled the work, build his innings, and helped PBKS to set up a big total.
PBKS bowlers getting their work done
In spite of the fact that Brabourne’s pitch is purely made for batting, and 200+ targets have been chased down before in this ground, PBKS bowlers did their job well and successfully defended the total even on a big margin. All the 5 PBKS bowlers picked up wickets, with Kagiso Rabada picking up the most of them which are 3, in 4 overs, and conceded 21 runs only.