Livingstone, Bairstow and bowlers lead Punjab Kings to dominant win over RCB
Cracking fifties from England pair Liam Livingstone and Jonny Bairstow, backed up by a solid bowling effort, propelled Punjab Kings to a commanding 54-run win over Royal Challengers Bangalore in Match 60 of the IPL on Friday.
Livingstone blasted five fours and fours sixes in a topscore of 70 off 42, as Punjab Kings racked up 209-9 after being asked to bat first. Opener Bairstow cleared the boundary seven times in a shot-filled 66 of 29, which also included four fours.
Punjab Kings lost wickets in a bunch at the backend, with Harshal Patel taking 4-34, while leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga was brilliant amidst the carnage, taking 2-15 off four overs.
In reply, RCB were held to 155-9 after 20 overs with Glenn Maxwell making 35 off 22, Rajat Patidar 26 off 21 and Virat Kohli 20 off 14.
Kagiso Rabada picked up 3-21, while Rishi Dhawan and Rahul Chahar had 2-36 and 2-37 respectively.
With the win, Punjab Kings moved to sixth, while RCB remained in fourth. Click to view points table
IPL action continues on Saturday with Kolkata Knight Riders playing Sunrisers Hyderabad from 10:00h.