RCB vs PBKS: Virat Kohli’s Fifty Powers RCB to Victory Over Punjab Kings

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RCB vs PBKS

RCB vs PBKS: Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) secured a 4-wicket victory over Punjab Kings (PBKS), thanks to a stellar performance by Virat Kohli and a finishing act by Dinesh Karthik.

Kohli set the tone for RCB’s chase with a quick 35 off 21 balls in the powerplay, despite being dropped early in the innings. However, RCB struggled in the middle overs, with Kagiso Rabada and Harpreet Brar putting pressure on the batsmen.

Kohli’s departure for 77 off 49 balls brought a temporary lull, but Karthik and Mahipal Lomror’s partnership revitalized Bengaluru’s innings. Karthik’s unbeaten 28 off 10 balls, including the winning runs, and Lomror’s quick 16 off 8 balls sealed the victory for RCB.

Earlier, Punjab Kings posted 176/6, with Shashank Singh’s 20 runs off the last over being crucial. Yash Dayal and Mohammed Siraj starred with the ball for RCB, picking up key wickets. RCB’s decision to bowl first paid off as they managed to restrict PBKS’ scoring in the first 10 overs, despite losing Jonny Bairstow early.

Captain Shikhar Dhawan top-scored for PBKS with 44 off 37 balls, while Liam Livingstone contributed 17 runs off 13 balls. However, it was Shashank’s late cameo that gave PBKS a competitive total.

RCB’s win puts them in a strong position in the IPL standings, while PBKS will look to bounce back in their upcoming matches.

RCB vs PBKS: Full Scorecard

Punjab Kings  (20 ovs maximum)

BATTING RBM4s6sSR
Shikhar Dhawan (c)c Kohli b Maxwell45375451121.62
Jonny Bairstow c Kohli b Mohammed Siraj861120133.33
Prabhsimran Singh c †Anuj Rawat b Maxwell25172622147.05
Liam Livingstone c †Anuj Rawat b Joseph17131311130.76
Sam Curran c †Anuj Rawat b Yash Dayal23172730135.29
Jitesh Sharma †c †Anuj Rawat b Mohammed Siraj27203212135.00
Shashank Singh not out2181412262.50
Harpreet Brar not out22700100.00
Extras(b 1, lb 1, w 6)8
TOTAL20 Ov (RR: 8.80)176/6
Did not bat: Harshal Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar 
Fall of wickets: 1-17 (Jonny Bairstow, 2.3 ov), 2-72 (Prabhsimran Singh, 8.5 ov), 3-98 (Liam Livingstone, 11.6 ov), 4-98 (Shikhar Dhawan, 12.1 ov), 5-150 (Sam Curran, 17.5 ov), 6-154 (Jitesh Sharma, 18.4 ov) • DRS
BOWLINGOMRWECON0s4s6sWDNB
Mohammed Siraj402626.50124000
Yash Dayal402315.75133020
Alzarri Joseph4043110.7584220
Cameron Green201909.5031110
Mayank Dagar3034011.3341300
Glenn Maxwell302929.6662200

Royal Challengers Bengaluru  (T: 177 runs from 20 ovs)

BATTING RBM4s6sSR
Virat Kohli c Harpreet Brar b Patel774976112157.14
Faf du Plessis (c)c Curran b Rabada37130042.85
Cameron Green c †Sharma b Rabada3590060.00
Rajat Patidar b Harpreet Brar18182311100.00
Glenn Maxwell b Harpreet Brar3580060.00
Anuj Rawat †lbw b Curran1114201078.57
Dinesh Karthik not out28102232280.00
Mahipal Lomror not out1781821212.50
Extras(b 2, lb 9, w 7)18
TOTAL19.2 Ov (RR: 9.20)178/6
Did not bat: Alzarri Joseph, Mayank Dagar, Mohammed Siraj 
Fall of wickets: 1-26 (Faf du Plessis, 2.4 ov), 2-43 (Cameron Green, 4.4 ov), 3-86 (Rajat Patidar, 10.3 ov), 4-103 (Glenn Maxwell, 12.1 ov), 5-130 (Virat Kohli, 15.6 ov), 6-130 (Anuj Rawat, 16.2 ov) • DRS
BOWLINGOMRWECON0s4s6sWDNB
Sam Curran3030110.0076000
Arshdeep Singh3.2040012.0095230
Kagiso Rabada402325.75133010
Harpreet Brar401323.25120000
Harshal Patel4045111.2564230
Rahul Chahar1016016.0010200

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