PBKS vs RCB: Harpreet Brar’s all-round performance and captain KL Rahul’s unbeaten 91 helped Punjab Kings beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 34 runs in an IPL match on Friday.
With the help of Rahul’s unbeaten 91, Punjab Kings scored 179 runs for 5 wickets. In response, the star-studded RCB could only manage 145 runs for 8 wickets in 20 overs. Brar made 25 runs off 17 balls, showing the Jauhar of the bat and later bowling brilliantly, taking 3 most valuable wickets for 19 runs in 4 overs.
Brar ensured Punjab’s victory by sending dangerous batsmen like Virat Kohli (35), Glenn Maxwell (0), and AB de Villiers (3) to the pavilion. Earlier, Devdutt Padyakkal (7) was also dismissed cheaply. After this win, Punjab is in fifth place with 6 points, while RCB is in third place with 10 points.
For Punjab, Rahul and Chris Gayle (46 off 24 balls) shared an 80-run partnership but the middle-order batsmen could not walk apart from them. Brar, who landed at number seven, was able to reach double digits in addition to these two.
PBKS vs RCB:
Rahul and Brar added 61 runs in the unbeaten partnership of the eighth wicket. The pressure was put on by RCB bowlers after Gayle was dismissed in the 11th over. Rahul hit 7 fours and 5 sixes in his innings of 57 balls. Brar, on the other hand, scored 25 runs in 17 balls with the help of two sixes and a four.
Daniel Symes and Mohammed Siraj did not allow the Punjab batsmen to play openly in the early overs. Prabhasimran Singh, who replaced the injured Mayank Agarwal, started the innings with Rahul but was dismissed by seven runs.
Rahul looked confident, but the runs were not easily scored. Gayle then broke the pressure with 5 fours in one over of Jamieson’s powerplay. After this, Yuswendra Chahal in the next over increased the run pace by hitting two sixes. However, he could not convert a good start into a big innings.
Jamieson caught him in the hands of AB de Villiers behind the wicket. He also dispatched Nicholas Pooran (0), while Deepak Hooda (5) and Shah Rukh Khan (0) also could not stand. Punjab scored 22 runs in the last two overs when Rahul hit Harshal Patel for two fours and a six and Brar hit a six off the last ball.