Punjab Kings (PBKS) defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in a thrilling contest at Dr DY Patil Sports Academy in Mumbai on Sunday.

Chasing a massive target of 206, the Kings had a magnificent start, with Mayank Agarwal and Shikhar Dhawan adding 71 runs for the opening wicket in seven overs. The partnership was broken by Wanindu Hasaranga when the Sri Lankan spinner got rid of Agarwal for 32.

Then, Dhawan (43) and Bhanuka Rajapaksha added 47 runs for the second wicket, but Harshal Patel ruined the plans by removing Dhawan. Soon, Mohammed Siraj joined the party and picked up two wickets in the 14th over to further derail Punjab’s chase. Siraj got rid of Rajapaksha (43) and Raj Bawa (0) in back-to-back deliveries.

However, little did RCB know, a game-changing knock was played by Shahrukh Khan (24 no off 20) and Odean Smith (25 no off 8). Shahrukh smashed a couple of sixes while Smith slammed three maximums to help Punjab secure a thriller.

Highest successful chase by #PBKS in IPL:

206 vs SRH Hyderabad 2014
206 vs CSK Abu Dhabi 2014
206 vs RCB Mumbai DYP 2022 *
201 vs KKR Kolkata 2010

Earlier, Faf du Plessis displayed his class in his first game for RCB. The newly-appointed RCB captain led from the front and smashed a tremendous half-century. The right-handed batter scored 88 off 57 deliveries, with the help of 10 boundaries, including seven sixes.

Du Plessis fell only 12 runs short of what could be his maiden century in the cash-rich league but did his job pretty well. The Pretoria-based cricketer formed a 50-run opening stand with Anuj Rawat (21) before stitching a game-changing 118 runs partnership with former skipper Virat Kohli.

After Du Plessis’ dismissal, Kohli and Dinesh Karthik added a quickfire 37-run stand off just 13 deliveries. While Kohli remained unbeaten at 41 off 29 balls, Karthik scored 32 not out from 14 deliveries to take RCB to a massive 205/2 in 20 overs.

Here is how Twitter reacted:

Story of this IPL so far, chasing 130+,170+ or 200+ team batting second is getting the advantage. #IPL2022 #TATAIPL

— Vinay Kumar R (@Vinay_Kumar_R) March 27, 2022

Last time Punjab Kings chased 200+ in their opening game they reached the IPL final. It was v CSK at Abu Dhabi in 2014 #IPL2022 #RCBvPBKS

— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) March 27, 2022

Shahrukh and Smith have always ruled the box office.

— cricBC (@cricBC) March 27, 2022

Odean Smith.#TataIPL2022 #onetowatch

— Mpumelelo Mbangwa (@mmbangwa) March 27, 2022

Odean Smith,,,,,.

— Ian Raphael Bishop (@irbishi) March 27, 2022

Top notch chase by Punjab. Perfect T20 chase. Won’t always be on the winning side but Punjab’s approach for the season is clear. Everyone scores quickly and hope to win 7-8 games. 26 Boundaries to 22 by RCB. #RCBvsPBKS

— Gaurav Sundararaman (@gaurav_sundar) March 27, 2022

RCB loses a high-scoring encounter against Punjab Kings. #PBKSvRCB #IPL2022
Scorecard: https://t.co/01XMVl6GLH pic.twitter.com/2FUyJ9WGkc

— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) March 27, 2022

Odean Smith is a T20 cricketer of staggering power and potential: 25 off 8 balls on his IPL debut explains the hype. Could be the long-term heir to Andre Russell

— Tim Wigmore (@timwig) March 27, 2022

Faf ensured @RCBTweets don’t miss AB & Maxi. And that says everything about this innings. What a knock 👊🏼 #PBKSvRCB #IPL2022 pic.twitter.com/Sm5rBpDjcI

— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) March 27, 2022

That was some terrific batting by @faf1307 and @imVkohli , what a cameo by @DineshKarthik to get @RCBTweets to a massive total! Amazing batsmanship I don’t see @PunjabKingsIPL chasing this down but never say never especially in cricket! #PBKSvRCB #PBKS #RCBvsPBKS

— Kris Srikkanth (@KrisSrikkanth) March 27, 2022

How good was new captain of @RCBTweets 💪 @faf1307 what a knock .. followed by @imVkohli and great finishing touch by @DineshKarthik . Gr8 pitch to bat but 200 plus is a big target for @PunjabKingsIPL can they chase ??? What say guys

— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) March 27, 2022

Faf and Kohli and their destructive partnership.. Makes ya feel like something real special is brewing at RCB hey? 🔥😎 #IPL2022 #PBKSvRCB pic.twitter.com/glY4mKR0VA

— Chloe-Amanda Bailey (@ChloeAmandaB) March 27, 2022

❤️💥 DREAM START! Faf couldn’t have dreamt of a better start to his tenure in red than this. A dominant performance with the bat.🔥

📸 IPL • #FafduPlessis #PBKSvRCB #RCBvPBKS #IPL #IPL2022 #TATAIPL #BharatArmy pic.twitter.com/8aoo5v6YA1

— The Bharat Army (@thebharatarmy) March 27, 2022

Faf giving ABD vibes in his first ever game for @RCBTweets. What more could we ask! 🤩 #IPL2022 #PBKSvRCB

— Ajith Ramamurthy (@Ajith_tweets) March 27, 2022

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