IPL 2022, Match 60, RCB vs PBKS, Stats Review: Virat Kohli’s feat, Punjab Kings’ special milestone and other stats

Virat Kohli. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

Punjab Kings convincingly defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by 54 runs in the 60th match of IPL 2022, played at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. The match began with a brisk fifty by Jonny Bairstow, followed by Liam Livingstone who scored 70, to take Punjab Kings to a 200+ total. The batters of Royal Challengers Bangalore got to starts but none of them could make it big as they lost by a huge margin.

Jonny Bairstow took no time to unleash himself, as he hit seven sixes in the Powerplay and reached his fifty in just 21 balls. In the first over after the powerplay, Bhanuka Rajapaksa was dismissed by his countryman Wanindu Hasaranga for one, which is his lowest score in the IPL. Soon, Shahbaz Ahmed removed the dangerous-looking Jonny Bairstow. PBKS then had two quiet overs with just seven runs in total.

However, Liam Livingstone ensured that RCB would not edge ahead, as he scored the second fifty by an Englishman in the same innings. Despite all the carnage, Wanindu Hasaranga finished with outstanding bowling figures of 4-0-15-2 and is now the Purple Cap holder. On the other hand, Josh Hazlewood finished with figures of 4-0-64-0, leaking boundaries against Bairstow and Livingstone.

Chasing a huge target, Virat Kohli got off to a brisk start and for a moment it looked like the vintage Kohli is back. However, his innings couldn’t last long as Kagiso Rabada dismissed the former RCB captain for 20. Two more wickets of Faf du Plessis and Mahipal Lomror fell in the next over bowled by Rishi Dhawan. RCB were boundary-less for the next two overs which made the required rate go up to more than two runs per ball.

The pair of Glenn Maxwell and Rajat Patidar gave RCB a brief period of hope, by scoring 42 runs in the next three overs. Both of them were dismissed in no time, and that sealed the match for PBKS. The second half of RCB’s innings was a mere formality, as they lost by 54 runs. The margin of win will massively help PBKS in the business end of the tournament, as at the start of the match, they had the lowest net-run-rate among all the teams in playoffs contention.

Meanwhile, here are some of the important stats and numbers from Match 60 between RCB and PBKS in the IPL 2022:

5 – Punjab Kings became the first team to register five 200+ totals against RCB in the IPL. Chennai Super Kings have four 200+ totals against them in the league.

 7 – Total sixes hit by Jonny Bairstow today. Bairstow’s seven sixes in the powerplay are the joint highest in an IPL powerplay, tied with Sanath Jayasuriya against CSK in 2008.

 17 – Total wickets taken by Wanindu Hasaranga in the middle overs of IPL 2022. This is the highest number of wickets taken by an RCB bowler in the middle overs of an IPL season, overtaking Yuzvendra Chahal who took 16 middle over wickets in 2020.

 23 – Total wickets taken by Wanindu Hasaranga in IPL 2022, which is now the joint highest by a spinner in an IPL season for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Yuzvendra Chahal also took 23 wickets for RCB in 2015.

59 – Jonny Bairstow’s score at the end of the Powerplay. This is the highest score by a batter for Punjab Kings in the powerplay, overtaking KL Rahul’s score of 55 against CSK in 2019.

64 – Runs conceded by Josh Hazlewood without picking a wicket today. This is the highest runs conceded by an RCB bowler in an IPL innings, overtaking Shane Watson and Tim Southee, both conceding 61 runs.

64 – Josh Hazlewood’s 64 runs conceded today are the second highest by an overseas player in the IPL. The only overseas bowler to have conceded more runs in an innings is Mujeeb Ur Rahman who conceded 66 runs against Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2019.

83 – Punjab Kings’ total in the powerplay, which is their second highest in the IPL. Their highest is 86 runs against SRH in 2014.

6500 – Virat Kohli becomes the first player to score 6500 runs in the IPL.

10509 – Virat Kohli also becomes the first Indian to score 10,500 runs in T20 cricket. He becomes the sixth player to reach the milestone with the other five being Chris Gayle, Shoaib Malik, Kieron Pollard, David Warner and Aaron Finch.

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