Punjab Kings thrashed RCB by 34 runs thanks to a brilliant performance by Harpreet and KL Rahul. Harpreet played a cameo and also picked three important wickets of RCB. PBKS batted first posted a good total of 179 runs thanks to Rahul’s 91 runs. In reply, RCB lost their plot after the dismissal of their skipper Virat Kohli.
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Brar who impressed everyone with his batting first removed Virat Kohli. On the very next ball, he cleaned bowled, Glenn Maxwell. Maxwell failed to pick the right line of the ball and the ball kissed the stump. Glenn Maxwell could not believe that he was got bowled.
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KL Rahul Brilliant inning
RCB won the toss and invited PBKS to bat first on Motera’s pitch. PBKS made three changes. While Royal Challengers Bangalore made one change. Punjab Kings are off to a decent start. Kyle Jamieson gave their side the first breakthrough as he picked the wicket of Prabhsimran. Prabhsimran tried to play an aggressive shot on the short ball bowled by Jamieson and mistimes it towards extra cover.
Chris Gayle joins force with KL Rahul and starting out the RCB’s bowlers by bits and pieces. Both added 80 runs partnership before Chris Gayle got out on 46 runs. Chris Gayle goes for a pull shot on a short ball bowled by Daniel Sams and got it off the gloves towards the keeper. The highlight of this partnership was Chris Gayle’s dynamic hitting. After that Punjab Kings lost their plot as they lost three quick wickets.
Nicholas Pooran once again goes for a duck. Soon after Deepak Hooda attempt to play a big shot on Shahbaz Ahmed’s bowl and holed out to the boundary line. Shahrukh Khan who impressed everyone in this year’s IPL got out cheaply. KL Rahul continued his good form. He along with Harpreet Brar added 61 runs in 32 balls in death overs. Rahul smacked unbeaten 91 runs in 57 balls. While Harpreet played a good inning of 25 runs. PBKS posted a competitive total of 179 runs in their 20 overs.
Harpreet lead the bowling attack
Royal Challengers Bangalore goes to a bad start as they lost Devdutt Padikkal early. Rily Meredith destroyed the stump of Padikkal as he tried to play a big shot over cover. Virat Kohli in company with Rajat Patidar tried to rescue the RCB’s inning. However, Virat Kohli failed to convert his start as he got out on 35 runs. Harpreet Brar picked the wicket of Virat Kohli as Virat danced down the track to play a big shot. But the ball took the inside part of his bat and goes into the stump.
The wicket of Virat Kohli opened the door for the Punjab Kings as they picked the key wickets of Glenn Maxwell and ABD in quick succession. Brar was the main architecture behind these wickets. Harpreet first castled the stump of Glenn Maxwell. In the next over, He removed AB Devilliers who holed out to short cover. Harpreet Brar picked the wickets of three big guns. RCB lost wickets at regular intervals of time and managed to 145/8 in their 20 overs. They lost the match by 34 runs. (source)