Bangalore sealed their playoffs spot with an emphatic 6-run win over Punjab in match 48 of the Indian T20 League at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
Chasing 165, Punjab lost wickets at regular intervals after KL Rahul 39 (35) and Mayank Agarwal 57 (42) put on a 91-run opening stand.
For Bangalore, Yuzvendra Chahal was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3/29 in his quota of four overs.
With 16 points, Bangalore have now moved to the third spot in the standings.
Here's how the match unfolded
Bangalore win by 6 runs!
Great win for Bangalore. Some good batting performances followed by some disciplined bowling. They are through to the playoffs with this win. Meanwhile, Punjab's chances have diminished. They will need other results to go in their favour to have a chance of making it to the knockouts.
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Run-out! Big wicket of Shahrukh for Bangalore!
Perfect yorker. Henriques digs it out perfectly. Shahrukh looks to take a quick run but Harshal quickly picks it up in his follow through and hits the stumps. Punjab in trouble. Need 17 off 4 balls
Shahrukh survives caught behind review!
Bangalore review for a caught behind. Nothing on ultra edge. SRK survives. Punjab need 20 off 7 balls!
Another one bites the dust! Punjab falling apart..
Slower ball from Garton, Markram looks to go straight for a six. Hands a simple catch to Christian at long-on. Punjab 127/5 in 16.5 overs
Two quick wickets for Chahal!
First an in-form Agarwal and now Sarfaraz Khan. Yuzvendra Chahal is turning the match on for Bangalore. Punjab 121/4 in 15.5 overs
Required rate past 10 now!
Punjab require some big blows. Either Mayank or Markram need to get a move on here. Punjab 102/2 in 14 overs
Out! Pooran departs
Couple of wickets for Bangalore in the last three overs as they are getting right back into this game. Pooran disappoints once again playing a rash shot early in the innings. Punjab in a little bit of concern. Need 66 off 43 now!