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RCB eliminate PBKS from IPL 2024 playoff race after stunning 60-run win

RCB eliminate PBKS from IPL 2024 playoff race after stunning 60-run win

The race for the IPL 2024 playoffs just got much tighter after Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) secured a vital 60-run victory over Punjab Kings (PBKS) in a high-scoring match at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala. This win keeps RCB’s playoff hopes alive, while PBKS are officially eliminated from contention.

Kohli Takes Center Stage

Virat Kohli was the undisputed star of the show for RCB. After being dropped on zero, Kohli unleashed a vintage knock, scoring a blazing 92 runs off just 47 balls. His innings were a masterclass in controlled aggression, with powerful wristy flicks, sharp running between the wickets, and some well-timed sixes. He stitched together crucial partnerships with Rajat Patidar (76 runs off 32 balls) and Cameron Green (92 runs off 46 balls) to help RCB to a daunting total of 241 for 7.

Chasing a big target, PBKS started brightly, reaching 75 runs in the powerplay overs. However, the introduction of RCB’s spin duo, Karn Sharma and Swapnil Singh, turned the tide of the match. Karn accounted for the dangerous Rilee Rossouw (61) and Jitesh Sharma (37). At the same time, Swapnil dismissed the explosive Liam Livingstone (12) and picked up the crucial wicket of Prabhsimran Singh in the very first over.

Turning Point: Kohli’s Breathtaking Run Out

With PBKS needing a significant push in the middle overs, Shashank Singh (37) emerged as a glimmer of hope. However, in the 14th over, a moment of brilliance from Kohli completely shifted the momentum. Shashank and Sam Curran attempted a risky second run, only to be met by a sensational direct hit from Kohli at deep midwicket. The dismissal left PBKS needing an improbable 92 runs off 39 balls, a task that proved too much for their remaining batters.

While the spinners laid the foundation, RCB’s pacers, Mohammed Siraj (3-43) and Josh Hazlewood (2-29) cleaned up the tail, restricting PBKS to 181.

Playoff Race Heats

This win propels RCB to the fifth position in the points table, with their playoff hopes hanging by a thread. Their net run rate has also improved significantly, which could be crucial in the final qualification stages. Meanwhile, PBKS’s defeat confirms their elimination from the race for the coveted top-four spot.

The IPL 2024 continues to be thrilling, with several teams vying for playoff berths. Today’s match between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Gujarat Titans (GT) promises another crucial encounter. Both teams aim to win to boost their chances in the playoffs.

Tags: CSK vs GT, IPL 2024 playoff, RCB eliminate PBKS, Virat Kohli

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