IPL 2024 RCB vs PBKS, Match in Pictures: Kohli blitz, Karthik cameo hand Bengaluru first win

The home side won the toss and elected to bowl first

Skipper Shikhar Dhawan and Jonny Bairstow opened the innings for Punjab Kings

Mohammed Siraj provided an early breathrough for RCB after Bairstow miscued a lofted shot to Virat Kohli at cover

Prabhsimran Singh and Dhawan put on a 55-run partnership to steady the ship but Glenn Maxwell provided the breakthrough to leave RCB at 72/2

Yash Dayal further tightened the screws and eventually dismissed Sam Curran as PBKS slumped to 150/5 in 17.5 overs

Shashank Singh’s quickfire eight-ball 21 in the final two overs steered Punjab to 176/6 at the end of 20 overs

The second essay did not start the way Punjab would’ve expected as Virat Kohli, facing the second ball of the innings, was dropped on 0 by Bairstow

Punjab finally managed to get a much-needed breakthrough via Kagiso Rabada as he dismissed Du Plessis for a 7-ball 3

But Kohli, who struggled against CSK, found his rhythm as he got to his half-century off 31 balls. This was Kohli’s 100th 50+ score in T20s

Kohli and Rajat Patidar stiched a 35-ball 43 before the latter was dismissed by the economical Harpreet Brar (4-0-13-2)

With Kohli and Anuj Rawat at the crease, the match was evenly poised with RCB needing 59 runs off the final five overs

Kohli, Maxwell and Rawat fell in quick succession to leave RCB in a worrisome position, still needing 47 more to complete the chase

However, Dinesh Karthik’s blitzkrieg (28 off 10 balls) and Mahipal Lomror’s quickfire 17 helped Bengaluru win with four balls left

Kohli, with 98 runs in two innings, currently tops the Orange Cap standings