PBKS Qualification Scenario: How Punjab Kings Can Qualify For IPL 2022 Playoffs?

Updated - 17 May 2022, 06:08 PM

PBKS (Image Credits: Twitter)
PBKS (Image Credits: Twitter)

Punjab Kings (PBKS) is one of the most inconsistent sides ever in the IPL. This season they failed to win 2 games in a row even once. They have 12 points in 13 games (6 wins and 7 defeats) and continue to sit at seventh position.

The Mayank Agarwal-led Punjab Kings’ defeat at the hands of Delhi Capitals in their previous IPL fixture. The form of Mayank Agarwal has been the biggest question mark throughout the season for the Kings team management.

Mayank Agarwal PBKS (IMAGE CREDITS: Twitter)
Mayank Agarwal PBKS (IMAGE CREDITS: Twitter)

Defeat Against DC Hurts PBKS Qualification Hopes

It was clearly visible in the first innings itself that spinners will have an important role in this game as Livingstone and Rahul Chahar grieved Delhi hitters and particularly Livingstone who got three big wickets. Delhi somehow managed to put 159 on the board and Punjab required a decent Powerplay as batting in the middle overs was continuously going to be extremely difficult.

Delhi Capitals vs Punjab Kings, DC vs PBKS
Delhi Capitals vs Punjab Kings, DC vs PBKS (Credits: Twitter)

Punjab began splendidly as Jonny Bairstow began from where he left off in the last game. Nonetheless, Anrich Nortje disposed of him, and from that point forward, a double-wicket over from Shardul Thakur brought Punjab’s train off the course. The innings was wrecked further as spinners unleash devastation and from 53-1, Punjab disintegrated to 82-7.

Delhi were looking good to go for a major success however a strategic mistake from Pant to not bowl a spinner and some splendid batting by Jitesh Sharma took the game close. However, Shardul Thakur returned with another double-wicket over and finished Punjab’s expectations of a triumph in this game.

PBKS Almost Out Of The Tournament

Kings’ qualification chances have taken a serious beating with the defeat to Capitals. Their NRR has slid into a negative, and, surprisingly, a 40-run win against Sunrisers in their last game (subsequent to scoring 170) will just further develop it to 0.112.

Vaibhav Arora, PBKS
PBKS (Image: Twitter)

Notwithstanding, large winning margins have been normal in the last couple of games – in seven of the last 12, the winning margin has been more than 50 runs, while one more win accompanied 31 balls in excess – which ought to give the Kings some expectation.

For PBKS to qualify, they will presently have to win the next match, which will take them to 14 points.

They likewise play the last round of the league stage, and that implies they’ll be aware assuming they get an opportunity by any stretch of the imagination, and precisely what they need to do. Clearly, in the event that Capitals or Royal Challengers win their last game and move to 16 points, then Kings will be taken out.

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