IPL: Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Punjab Kings to qualify for play-offs

Glenn Maxwell hit his third half-century in succession and his fifth of the season
Indian Premier League, Sharjah
Royal Challengers Bangalore 164-7 (20 overs): Maxwell 57 (33), Padikkal 40 (38); Henriques 3-12, Shami 3-39
Punjab Kings 158-6 (20 overs): Agarwal 57 (42), Rahul 39 (35), Chahal 3-29
Royal Challengers Bangalore received by six runs
Scorecard; Desk

Royal Challengers Bangalore turned the third crew to qualify for the Indian Premier League play-offs with a six-run win over Punjab Kings.

They made 164-7 with Glenn Maxwell smashing 57 off 33 balls, and Devdutt Padikkal making a affected person 40.

In reply, KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal placed on 91 for the primary wicket however Punjab struggled because the innings went on to complete 158-6.

Bangalore be part of Chennai Tremendous Kings and Delhi Capitals within the play-offs.

Punjab stay fifth, however their play-off hopes are not in their very own fingers.

Scoring with the older, softer ball has been troublesome at Sharjah this yr, with the typical first-innings rating simply 134, and Bangalore’s 164 represented the very best rating on the floor this yr.

It was constructed from a strong basis of 68 between captain Virat Kohli and Padikkal, however they and Dan Christian fell within the area of 12 balls as they slipped to 73-3.

Maxwell, who crashed three fours and 4 sixes, then placed on 73 with AB de Villiers earlier than Mohammed Shami took three wickets within the last over to limit Bangalore.

Sixes in the IPL 2021: KL Rahul (22), Ruturaj Gaikwad (20), Glenn Maxwell (19), Mayanak Agarwal and Faf Du Plessis (both 18)
Glenn Maxwell hit 4 sixes in his 57, whereas KL Rahul and Mayanak Agarwal each hit two

Punjab began properly, attending to 81-0 on the midway level, however as soon as Rahul guided to brief third the battle set in they usually misplaced six wickets for 55 runs.

Spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, who was overlooked of India’s T20 World Cup squad, was the decide of the Bangalore bowlers taking 3-29.

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