The bat of Punjab Kings captain Lokesh Rahul (91) speaks highly against Royal Challengers (RCB). He has played 20 overs in the last three innings against this team. On Friday, his innings and all-rounder Harpreet Brar (25 * runs and 3/19) helped Punjab beat Bangalore by 34 runs. Punjab Kings scored 179 runs for five wickets but RCB’s team could only manage 145 runs for 8 wickets. Captain Virat Kohli scored the highest 35 runs, Rajat Patidar and Harshal Patel scored 31-31. Bangalore has got the second defeat in seven matches while Punjab has the third victory.
Brar’s over turning point: Bangalore lost the wicket of Devdutt Padikkal (07) soon but Kohli and Rajat added 43 runs on the second wicket. After that, the team lost three wickets in 13 balls. Brar bowled Kohli and Glenn Maxwell (00) in consecutive balls in the 11th over and also sent AB de Villiers (03) to the pavilion on the first ball of his next over. After that, the match had gone out of Bangalore. Harshal (31) and Jamieson (16 *) narrowed the margin of defeat.
Earlier, the Punjab team’s opener Prabhasimran Singh was able to score only seven runs after getting an invitation to batting. Rahul and Chris Gayle (46 runs, 24 balls) shared an 80-run partnership for the second wicket. Punjab’s middle order shrank or else the score could have been better. Harpreet Brar (25 *), who landed at number seven, added an unbeaten 61 with Lokesh Rahul. Rahul hit seven fours and five sixes in his 57-ball inning. Brar hit two sixes and a four in a 17-ball inning.
Gayle hit five fours in one over
Bangalore’s fast bowlers Daniel Sams and Mohammed Siraj did not give many opportunities to the Punjab batsmen to open their hands by disciplining bowling. Gayle later took the front and in Jamieson’s sixth over hit five fours, including four in a row. In the next over, he hit two sixes on Yuzvendra Chahal. Sam’s caught Gayle behind the wicket. Deepak Hooda (05) and Shah Rukh Khan (00) were also dismissed while Nicholas Pooran could not open the account. Punjab scored 22 runs in the last over. Rahul hit two fours and a six off Harshal’s balls. On the final ball, Brar also hit a six to take the score to 179.