Match 3, PBKS vs RCB – Who Said What

Odean Smith was named Player of the Match.

Bhanuka Rajapaksa. (Photo source: IPL/BCCI)

The Punjab Kings defeated the Royal Challengers Bangalore by five wickets in the third match of IPL 2022 at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai on March 27. The high-scoring encounter saw batters from both sides put on a great display in the 22 yards, as this game saw more than 200 goals scored for the first time this season IPL

The best thing about the Bengaluru-based franchise is that not only did Virat Kohli roar back to form, but their new skipper Faf du Plessis also made a good first impression letting his bat do the talking with a quickfire 88 runs on just 57 deliveries. He was involved in a 118-run second-wicket tie with Kohli, who scored 41 runs from 29 balls. A cameo knock from an unbeaten 14-ball 32 towards the end of Dinesh Karthik propelled RCB to 205/2 of their 20 overs.

Shahrukh Khan, Odean Smith help PBKS to victory

In response, Punjab Kings got off to a quick start as skipper Mayank Agarwal and Shikhar Dhawan added 71 runs for the opening score. Agarwal scored 32 runs on 24 deliveries while Dhawan scored a quickfire 29 ball 43. Sri Lankan wicketkeeper batter Bhanuka Rajapakha also scored a vital 43 before being fired.

When Liam Livingstone was sent back, the mid-range duo of Shahrukh Khan and Odean Smith made sure there were no further problems as they helped PBKS cross the finish line with a surplus. Shahrukh went unbeaten on 24 from 20 deliveries, while Smith was unbeaten on 25 from just eight balls.

Losing skipper, Faf du Plessis said:

“I think the hitting was really good. The catches towards the end. Odean Smith 25 from 8 balls. I think we probably dropped him on 10. Then we watch some tailenders come in. The catches cliché wins.” watches There was a little dew out there a rough night for the bowlers but I thought they were pretty good with the wet ball Small margins but they pursued it really well They had some really good power play In the second In turn, the ball slipped a little more and then we pulled it back beautifully. In between we did a lot of good things. But you know what Odean Smith can do to you. So you have to hold on to those chances. Even the other guy, Shahrukh Khan, understood it’s not really tonight until the last few balls A whole different game so if you hold those chances I’m tired That first innings running ohh (smiles) I’m just glad I got away without hurting myself because I spend so much time on my el spent hours diving. It was difficult to start with the bat today. The first four overs swung the ball, I was 1 in 10 I think. Holding the bat a little hard, but pleasant to get through”.

Winning skipper, Mayank Agarwal said:

“Two points are very important to us. Good wicket. Very good wicket as both sides scored 200 plus. One or two balls held up, but nothing else. Thanks to the way we ended. We took the right chances and are happy that we succeeded. I think we gave them 15-20 more. Virat and Faf took the game away from us, but credit to our batters for going after this. We rely on our skills. It won’t come out, it won’t come out, but we’re not going to panic and make a scene out of it.”

Player of the match, Odean Smith said:

“We were busy with a good start. We just had to have that faith. Didn’t go well with the bowling. I need to work on a few things. The batting was good because I helped my team to win. It was all about execution and I couldn’t and that’s why it went wrong. Punjab has not won the title so far, but we have to have the confidence. We have seen ’14 peaks’, 13 remain for us”.

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