Watch: RCB Star Risks Serious Injury, Yet Takes Stunning Catch Against Punjab Kings

Mar25,2024



Skipper Shikhar Dhawan's pragmatism was the foundation on which Punjab Kings scored 176 for six as Royal Challengers Bangalore bowlers showed their dominance on the Chinnaswamy Stadium pitch that gave them a springboard bounce on Monday. Dhawan (45, 37b), Jitesh Sharma (27, 20b) and Prabhsimran Singh (25, 17b) were the main contributors for the Kings after Royal Challengers opted to bowl first on a green pitch. Mohammad Siraj and Glenn Maxwell took one wicket each for RCB. The Kings got off to a poor start as Jonny Bairstow departed early as their run on these shores, which spanned last year's World Cup, has now become more barren than the Indian summer. In the latest example, the Englishman's poorly executed close-to-the-body pull off fast bowler Siraj was taken to cover by Virat Kohli.

But after the score was 17 runs for one wicket, the visiting team was given some runs by Dhawan and Prabhasimran, who faced the pitch and RCB bowlers patiently and scored 55 runs in 38 balls.

Dhawan was not exactly comfortable during his stay, but he showed enough courage to take advantage of loose balls, such as a length ball on the off-stump from left-arm spinner Mayank Dagar, which he lofted for a six over long-on. Gave.

In fact, RCB's bowlers, especially impressive left-arm pacer Yash Dayal (1/23), did well to bowl them out with balls coming at them from just short of a good length.

Prabhasimran also displayed his attacking flair at times and the most notable was his six off Cameron Green which went a maximum of 90 meters over midwicket.

But just as the alliance was flourishing, Prabhasimran tried to pull Maxwell, but a weak top edge was easily caught by stumper Anuj Rawat.

Rawat soon doubled his tally of catches when he hit a wild heave outside the off-stump by Liam Livingstone off the bowling of Alzarri Joseph on the last ball of the 12th over.

But the Punjab team got a huge blow when Dhawan was out on the very next ball.

The left-handed batsman's attempt to loft Maxwell off the ground ended up being caught by Kohli at long-on as the Kings were reduced to 98 for four in 12.1 overs.

It was not an ideal situation for the Kings as they needed a few more runs on the board to mount a meaningful challenge to the home team.

They got Jitesh, who hit Dagar for two consecutive sixes, and Sam Curran, who added 52 runs for the fifth wicket in 34 balls to take PBKS past the 150-run mark, which was boosted by some strong innings. The hit came from Shashank Singh, who gave away 20 runs to Joseph in the final over.

But they would have liked a heavy looking scoreboard for a second consecutive win.

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