Jonny Bairstow and Liam Livingstone trailed to Royal Challengers Bangalore as the Punjab Kings maintained their IPL 2022 playoff hopes with a pounding 54-run victory on Friday at Brabourne Stadium. Jonny Bairstow hit 66 of 29 deliveries to give the Punjab a flying start, while Livingstone made sure they also finished with a bang, with his knock at 70 of 42. Harshal Patel took four wickets, while Wanindu Hasaranga took two to be joint leading wicket-taker this season. For RCB, Glenn Maxwell scored the best score with 35, while Kagiso Rabada chose three wickets for PBKS.
IPL 2022 points table
Gujarat Titans are still the only team to secure a playoff spot and they lead the table with 18 points in 12 games. Lucknow Super Giants, with 16 points, are second and are followed by Rajasthan Royals, who have 14 in 12 games. RCB stays four, with 14 points in 13 games.
The Delhi Capitals, with 12 points from as many matches, are fifth, while the Punjab Kings went up to six, with as many points as Delhi.
SunRiser’s Hyderabad is seventh, with 10 points, but they have only played 11 games so far.
The Kolkata Knight Riders are eight with 10 points in 12 games, while the Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians are the bottom two, with eight and six points respectively.
Orange Cap Race
Jos Buttler, with 625 runs, continues to lead the Orange Cap race, while KL Rahul is second with 459. David Warner is close behind him as third, with 427 runs, while Shikhar Dhawan is fourth with 402. Faf du Plessis rounds out the five best with 399 runs.
Purple Cap Race
RCB may have suffered a major defeat, but Wanindu Hasaranga will be overjoyed after shooting to the top of the lists in the Purple Cap race. He has 23 scalps so far this season, the same as runner-up Yuzvendra Chahal, but is currently ranked higher due to a better economy.
Kagiso Rabada follows the two wrist spins in third place, with his three wickets on Friday taking his number for the season to 21. He is the third bowler to cross the 20-wicket mark this year.
Harshal Patel shot up to four with his four-wicket haul against Punjab. He has 18 scalps during the season now.
Kuldeep Yadav, with 18 scalp as well, rounds out the top five.
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