In a bizarre incident during the game between Punjab Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore, the umpires had to halt the game for a while because of a cat. Interestingly, the animal didn’t disturb the game by entering the field or the playing area. During the RCB’s chase, the ‘Meow’ was chilling on the sightscreen which could have disturbed the batters’ concentration. Subsequently, the umpires had to ask the ground staff to move the cat away from the sightscreen to resume the action.
Punjab Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore squared off in the 60th match of the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League at Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai. Battling for their survival in the competition, Punjab Kings posted a brilliant total of 209/9 in 20 overs.
Liam Livingstone and Jonny Bairstow batted magnificently for the Kings from Punjab as the both Englishman completed their respective fifties. The Sri Lankan spinner Wanindu Hasaranga and Harshal Patel were the stars with the ball for RCB. While Hasaranga picked up two wickets for 15 runs in four overs, Harshal Patel accounted for four wickets.
A Black cat disturbs the RCB’s run-chase early on
In the very first over of the Royal Challengers’ innings, a black cat was spotted sitting on the sightscreen. The batter Faf du Plessis and the fielding side had to wait for a bit as the umpires asked the ground staff to drive the cat away from the sightscreen.
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Meanwhile, RCB had a disappointing outing with the bat as they failed to chase the required total and lost the game by a substantial difference of 54 runs. Barring Glenn Maxwell, no other batter could put up a fight as Punjab Kings bowlers restricted the Reds to 155/9 in 20 overs.
With this win, Punjab Kings have kept their campaign alive and moved to the 6th place in the league standings with six wins and six losses after 12 matches. Meanwhile, RCB have blown their chance to get closer to the playoffs as they no longer have their fate in their own hands.