The main damage was done by stalwarts Jonny Bairtstow and Liam Livingstone who smashed fifties. While Bairstow smashed 60 off just 29 balls, Livingstone scored 70 off 42 balls.
But there was one more big milestone, although an unwanted one, achieved by Josh Hazlewood and Mohammed Siraj as the pair went for 100 runs in 6 overs. Hazlewood was smashed for 64 off his 4, while Siraj gave away 36 from 2 overs.
Fans were not going to keep calm and they started trolling these two RCB bowlers. Check the reactions below:
— (SAIFUU) ___ _____ (@maliksaifuddin7) May 13, 2022
Siraj 36 runs
Hazelwood 64 runs
Didn’t expected 100 from this both in only 6 overs __
— Sagar Batulwar (@sagarbatulwar) May 13, 2022
Kya matlab 4 overs me 64 runs nahi ho sakte _
— __________ ________ (@AloneMusk19) May 13, 2022
Expectation: Mohammad #Siraj would learn from Josh Hazlewood and be more economical.
— Ashish Pareek (@pareektweets) May 13, 2022
Wanindu Hasaranga vs other RCB bowlers today: pic.twitter.com/zhkozwGYRs
— Hemant (@Sportscasmm) May 13, 2022
While Bairstow laid the foundation with a 29-ball-66, Livingstone was equally good in his 42-ball-70 as the RCB bowlers had a day which they would like to forget in a hurry.
Bairstow, who was rusty during the earlier phase of the tournament, was back in his element with as many as seven sixes and four boundaries during a knock where he literally went hell for leather. Such was his dominance that by the time six overs of Powerplay ended, Bairstow had hit seven towering sixes and Shikhar Dhawan (21 off 15 balls) rubbed salt to the wound with another one which made it eight in all.
Punjab Kings, which had set the template of blazing Powerplay starts, got 83 in six overs with Glenn Maxwell (1/17 in 2 overs), Josh Hazlewood (0/64 in 4 overs) and Mohammed Siraj (0/36 in 2 overs) being treated with utter disdain.
While Maxwell did manage to get Dhawan, both Hazlewood and Siraj were guilty of bowling short on a pitch offering true bounce. Bairstow effortlessly pulled and flicked them into the stands and by the time, deliveries pitched up, they landed in the stands as well.
It only helped that the boundary on one side was 66 metres only, which is a dream for any power-hitter. Siraj had a forgettable first spell where he was hit for four sixes, while Hazlewood in his first over had gone for 22. The Australian had his worst IPL figures ever.
However post Powerplay, once Wanindu Hasaranga (2/15 in 4 overs) and Shahbaz Ahmed (1/40 in 4 overs) started operating, RCB stemmed the flow of runs with some tight wicket-to-wicket bowling. Bengal left-arm spinner Shahbaz was rewarded for his tight lines as Bairstow finally mistimed one and Siraj did well to pouch the skier. After 83 in the first six, there was a drastic dip in scoring as 22 came in between 7th and 10th overs.
Both Hasaranga and Shahbaz bowled wide outside the off-stump not letting Livingstone and Agarwal to charge down the track. Still the Englishman managed a couple of sixes and a reverse swept boundary to continue his good form in the competition and then muscled into the stands towards the fag end even as Harshal Patel (4/34 in 4 overs) was exceptional at the death. His fifty came off 35 balls and by the time he was out, he had four out of those 14 sixes in the Punjab innings.
With PTI inputs