Punjab Kings defeat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 5 wickets

Punjab Kings defeat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 5 wickets By Vivek Hansdah - March 28, 2022
RCB vs Punjab Kings

RCB vs Punjab Kings


RCB fail to defend 206 to slip to 4-wicket defeat to PBKS

RCB conceded the most number of wides in an IPL game on Sunday

Faf du Plessis’s first match as RCB captain ended in dissappointment

Royal Challengers Bangalore set an unwanted record on Sunday as they became the first team in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL) to fail to defend a total of 200-plus total on 4 occasions. RCB achieved a new low when Punjab Kings gunned down a 206-run target with an over to spare in their opening match of the 2022 season at the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai.

RCB’s era under their new captain Faf du Plessis got off to a disappointing start as familiar bowling woes came back to haunt them. The South African star’s stunning 88 from 57 balls went in vain as RCB failed to collect 2 points despite posting a mammoth total.

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Meanwhile, Punjab Kings set a new record for the most successful chases of targets more than 200 runs. Sunday’s stunning chase was the 4th time PBKS did so in the history of the IPL.

PBKS went ahead of 4-time champions Chennai Super Kings' tally of 3 successful 200-plus chases in the IPL.


PBKS - 4

CSK - 3

KKR - 2

RR - 2

Meanwhile, RCB also set another unwanted record, conceding the most number of wides in an IPL match. The 2016 finalists conceded as many as 21 in their 4-wicket defeat to PBKS on Sunday in Mumbai.


21 - RCB v PBKS in 2022

19 - PBKS v Kochi Tuskers Kerala in 2011

18 - RCB v Rajasthan Royals in 2008

18 - RR v KKR at in 2015

18 - RCB v Mumbai Indians in 2018

) and Wanindu Hasarnga were taken to the cleaners.

Bhunuka Rajapaksa smashed a match-winning 43 off just 22 balls after Punjab's new-look openers Mayank Agarwal (24-ball 32) and Shikhar Dhawan (29-ball 43) stitched a 71-run stand in just 43 balls.

While Liam Livingstone managed 2 sixes for his 10-ball 19, Odean Smith hit 3 sixes for his 8-ball 25 not out as the West Indies star made up for an expensive 4-over spell with the ball. Shahrukh Khan remained unbeaten, hitting the winning runs as Punjab picked up 2 points.

Source: India Today

By Vivek Hansdah - March 28, 2022

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