"Seem to compete in IPL only to beat RCB!"- Fans roast PBKS for horrible batting collapse against DC in IPL 2022

Punjab's destiny is no longer in their hands after defeat against Delhi. (
Punjab's destiny is no longer in their hands after defeat against Delhi. (

Despite Jitesh Sharma's valiant effort, the rest of the Punjab Kings (PBKS) batters only have themselves to blame as they were beaten by the Delhi Capitals (DC) in a crucial IPL 2022 encounter by 17 runs.

The target of 160 looked below par on the pitch and PBKS got off to a great start. However, what followed was an incredible batting collapse, thanks to the DC spinners.

Till Jitesh was there at the crease, Punjab were in with a shout. However, Shardul Thakur picked up an excellent 4-for as PBKS ended up on 142/9. Fans on Twitter were shocked to see such a power-packed batting line-up throw their wickets away.

Some also trolled PBKS for once again collapsing when it mattered the most. Here are some of the reactions:

MI CSK fans IPL definition used to be the tournament where 8 teams participate so that MI & CSK play finals. Similarly, PBKS definition of IPL should be a tournament where they play 14 matches so that they can win atleast 2 against RCB.
Welcome to the club Mayank Agarwal
Punjab saw DC's net run rate might be more challenging for RCB than their own and started bottling the match.
Punjab's team (KXIP or PBKS) has to be the worst team in the history of IPL considering the number of times they have qualified for playoffs. Their only goal in every season is to defeat RCB that's it.不
PBKS seem to compete in the IPL only to beat RCB otherwise they are clueless most of the times.
Punjab Kings play IPL only to beat RCB Even this year they bottled a play-offs chance but beat RCB in both their games 不不不 #IPL2022
Mayank Agarwal Ave 22.84 in IPL after playing 106 innings as pure batsman.Excluding 2020 & 2021, having just 18.49 Ave from 82 innings. Probably worst batsman to play 100 IPL innings
Kumble being roasted for previous two seasons. Each team had a flaw this season, only PBKS' are in talks. Khair, I don't mind, if anything, it suits agenda 不
Kuch na hi sahi Punjab ke samarthakon ko 26 Janvari ke mauke par Rashtrapati ke haatho puraskar hi dedo is team ko support karne ke liye.
Punjab and Sunrisers are all but eliminated after this DC winPunjab are 70+ runs behind DelhiHyderabad 120+ run behind Delhi.
Hard season for Punjab Kings. Their idea to play attacking cricket from word go was refreshing. It looked a bit mad as it didn't pay off. Was a title-winning team in my opinion but cricket is a funny sport. Tough one for Anil Kumble-Mayank Agarwal duo. #IPL2022
Punjab ko pata nahi hain 6 matches jeetne ke baad kya karna hota hain. #IPL
Punjab never change, win 6/7 games every damn season & bottle it big time when it matters to qualify 不不不
Punjabs failures this season has very little to do with Kumble. The batting has been volatile mostly because Dhawan and Mayank had an underwhelming season. None of Kumbles decisions were huge tactical errors this season.
Describe your batting patterns in #IPL2022 with a video?Punjab Kings:
@udit_buch So good to see Punjab back to its original form Inki performance hazam nahi ho rahi thi ab tak.
Spinner show by DC over Punjab. Absolute stranglehold
Kumble, the coach, will have a lot of explaining to do to the Punjab Kings management. They got the squad they wanted at the auction. And have still failed to make the play-offs. Came close two previous season, but this time, with a better team have performed even worse.
no way punjab spend all that money every year just to take it out on rcb,,,,
Istg I'll never be able to understand how Punjab aren't making into playoffs with the 3rd highest wicket taker, one of the most reliable Indian death over bowler, a more than decent spinner & a batting line up full of intent merchants. They still have Shahrukh khan on bench ffs.
Thanks Punjab for fulfilling my wish
PBKS is entertainment for neutrals, torture for their fans.
PBKS improved as a side this year in terms of overall 'talent' by bringing in Dhawan, Bairstow, Livingstone, Rabada etc but they'll be hard pressed when it comes to turning it into a well-functioning side with the current squad.
PBKS2017:One win could've seen them in playoffs2018:Won 5 of 1st 6.Lost 7 of last 82019:Lost out on NRR. SRH qualified on 12 pts2020:Win in last game v CSK would've taken them to playoffs2021:One more win with good NRR would've taken them through2022:Fate depends on others
PBKS in IPL in last 14 years2008 - 2nd (semis) 2009 - 5th 2010 - 8th2011 - 5th2012 - 6th 2013 - 6th2014 - 1st (Runner up) 2015 - 8th2016 - 8th2017 - 5th2018 - 7th2019 - 6th2020 - 6th2021 - 6th2022 - ??Qualified only 2 times. Official worst team of the IPL.
PBKS against RCB
Tweeted it earlier just like Pat Cummins came to beat only MI this season,PBKS also came to defeat RCB.!
Jitesh Sharma is literally crying in the dugout after that dismissal, have some shame Mayank and Bhanu, all he needed was your support today, you couldn't give that today also, pathetic
Mayank & SRK have had poor seasons. Dhawan had a middling season. They really backed Odeon but it didn't work out. Bairstow came to form pretty late.You can blame the coach for tactics, not the execution by players. And tactically, the biggest issue that PBKS had was not
Fate of RCB, KKR, PBKS and SRH in MI's hands#DCvsPBKS
DC spinners have bullied PBKS two games in a row
Maybe PBKS itna acha tha hi nahi, ye to last game RCB k saamne tha isliye they won.
#DCvPBKS was swinging like a pendulum, insane game for the play off race.18th over drama sums it up, Powell with a match saving stunt at the boundary, Warner with the terrific low catch of set Jitesh. Rabada first ball 6 & next ball out.Fun for DC, Pain for PBKS, cricket won.
Another season where Gun team of PBKS failed to qualify for the playoffs. Worst team in the IPL history. Dissolve urself @PunjabKingsIPL
Wonderful all round performance and much deserved win for the capitals.Feeling disappointed for PBKS.They are a very good side on paper with almost all bases covered only to be in a situation which could have been a lot better.
Lord loves to bully PBKS
PBKS should really stop playing. always get 6-7 wins a season and bottle when it matters the most.

Shardul Thakur started the PBKS collapse

Punjab got off to a flying start once again, thanks to Jonny Bairstow. Although the Englishman couldn't last long, both Shikhar Dhawan and Bhanuka Rajapaksa kept the momentum going for their IPL team.

At one point, PBKS were 53/1 and cruising towards the target. But this is when Shardul Thakur was introduced into the attack and the pacer delivered a game-changing over.

In a span of three deliveries, Thakur sent both the set batters back and put Punjab under immense pressure. Axar Patel ensured the pressure remained on the opposition from the other end as he sent back Mayank Agarwal for a duck.

Liam Livingstone had a great day with the ball and it looked like he was destined to play the match-winning knock. However, he charged down the track to smack Kuldeep Yadav out of the ground and got stumped.

Harpreet Brar was cleaned up by Kuldeep and it looked all over for Punjab when Rishi Dhawan was castled by Patel. But from 82/7, both Jitesh Sharma and Rahul Chahar began a fightback.

Jitesh kept the scoreboard ticking with the occasional boundary and also ensured that the required run rate was in check. 39 runs to win from 18 balls looked possible until Thakur returned to deliver the killer blow.

The pacer picked up the wickets of Jitesh and Kagiso Rabada in the same over and that proved to be the end of Punjab's chances. They will now need to win their next game by a big margin and hope other results go their way. DC, on the other hand, still have their fate in their own hands.

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