Navi Mumbai: Punjab Kings beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 5 wickets of their Indian Premier League match right here on Sunday. The Punjab aspect chased down an enormous goal of 206 with six balls to spare in an exhilarating high-scoring match. Shikhar Dhawan and Bhanuka Rajapaksa scored 43 every up the order, whereas M Shahrukh Khan and Odean Smith remained not out on 24 and 25 respectively as Punjab reached 208 for five in 19 overs.


For RCB, Mohammed Siraj was essentially the most profitable bowler with figures of two/59. Earlier, RCB posted 205 for two after being requested to bat. Captain Faf du Plessis top-scored with a 57-ball 88, whereas Virat Kohli made 41 not out because the duo shared 118 runs for the second wicket. Dinesh Karthik chipped in with a fast fireplace 32 not out off 14 balls. For Punjab Kings, Rahul Chahar and Arshdeep Singh took a wicket apiece.

Brillant knocks by skipper Faf du Plessis (88 off 57), Virat Kohli (41 not out off 29) and Dinesh Karthik (32 not out off 14) powered Royal Challengers Bangalore to 205-2 towards Punjab Kings (PBKS) within the third match of the IPL 2022 at DY Patil Sports Academy, right here on Sunday.

Apart from the trio of Du Plessis, Kohli and Karthik, Anuj Rawat additionally made useful contributions with the bat for RCB along with his knock of 21 off 20.

Invited to bat first, openers Faf du Plessis and Anuj Rawat gave RCB a superb begin. Playing their debut match for the franchise, each batters performed some good pictures, hit few boundaries and took RCB to 41-0 on the finish of 6 overs.

However, Rawat may carry his innings longer after the powerplay and was cleaned up by Rahul Chahar. The southpaw, who was trying to take the assault to the PBKS bowlers, missed a slog sweep and obtained out after scoring 21 off 20.

The wicket introduced former RCB skipper Virat Kohli on the crease. The star batter took a while to evaluate the situation whereas Chahar created some hassle for du Plessis in his over. After a couple of quiet overs, Kohli determined to interrupt the shackles and charged down the monitor and smashed Harpreet Brar for a six over the long-on fence.Soon, Du Plessis additionally modified his gears and smashed Odean Smith for 23 runs within the thirteenth over. During the method, the South African additionally scored his first fifty as a RCB participant and captain. Both Faf and Kohli then mixed to hit three sixes in spinner Harpreet Brar and as RCB raced to 136/1 after 14 overs.

The pair of Kohli and Du Plessis saved the scoreboard ticking as they dealt in each boundaries and working between the wickets. Continuing his aggressive strategy, Faf du Plessis hit Sandeep Sharma for 10 runs as RCB seemed set for a giant complete.

With solely three overs to go, the Faf du Plessis present lastly got here to an finish as he was caught at long-off by Shahrukh Khan off Arshdeep Singh’s bowling. Du Plessis departed after scoring 88 off 57 and stitched an 118 stand for the second wicket with Kohli. Thereafter, Dinesh Karthik joined Kohli and he instantly took over from the place Faf left.

Brief Scores: Royal Challengers Bangalore: 205 for two in 20 overs (Faf du Plessis 88, Virat Kohli 41 not out, Dinesh Karthik 32 not out; Rahul Chahar 1/22, Arshdeep Singh 1/31). Punjab Kings: 208 for five in 19 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 43, Bhanuka Rajapaksa 43; Mohammed Siraj 2/59).

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