Royal Challengers Bangalore lost their second match in the IPL this season on Friday as Punjab Kings defeated them by 34 runs. KL Rahul and Chris Gayle had a brilliant day at work while RCB’s batting collapsed once again.
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Quick Stats from the game
- Punjab Kings: 179-5
- Royal Challengers Bangalore: 145-8
- Toss Winner: RCB, elected to field first
- Top Batsman: KL Rahul
- Top Bowler: Harpreet Brar
- Man of the Match: Harpreet Brar
Rahul and Gayle Step up for PBKS
Three of the four losses that Punjab Kings have incurred in the ongoing Indian Premier League came when they batted first and failed to put a defendable score on the board. In this case, it implies anything above 130 runs by the looks of it.
This time around, they managed to avert that, thanks to the timely antics of KL Rahul and Chris Gayle.
The Indian batsman played the captain’s inning, staying on until the very end and seeing his side to a big total. He was also assisted by the Jamaican blaster Gayle, who hit a quick 46.
As for the rest of the players, they got out in single digits with Nicholas Pooran and Shahrukh Khan leaving at 0.
PBKS Top Batsmen
- KL Rahul: 91 off 57; 7 4s, 5 6s
- Chris Gayle: 46 off 24; 6 4s, 2 6s
RCB Top Bowlers
- Kyle Jamieson: 2-32, 3 overs
- Shahbaz Ahmed: 1-11, 2 overs
Harpreet Brar, playing in his first IPL game this season, had a dream start scoring a quick 25 in 17 balls.
There is not a lot to say in terms of RCB’s bowling. Harshal Patel had another expensive spell in the game, going for a massive 53 runs.
KL Rahul was simply too brilliant against Bangalore and this isn’t surprising. If anything, it is in line with his previous games – he has batted through all 20 overs in his last three appearances against his former team. He is unbeaten in those three innings and has scored 284 runs.
Brar, Bishnoi Spin their Way to Win
RCB started the chase slowly and steadily. They lost Devdutt Padikkal quite early, leaving quite a bit of work on the shoulders of Virat Kohli and Rajat Patidar.
The duo contributed 66 runs to the score but neither could stay for long.
Bangalore were 62-1 in 10 overs – by the end of it, Brar had taken the wickets of Kohli and Glen Maxwell who got out in the first ball. In his next over, Brar also got the wicket of AB de Villiers too, pretty much diminishing all hopes of a comeback.
RCB Top Batsmen
- Virat Kohli: 35 off 34; 3 4s, 1 6s
- Harshal Patel: 31 off 13; 3 4s, 2 6s
PBKS Top Bowlers
- Harpreet Brar: 3-19, 4 overs
- Ravi Bishnoi: 2-17, 4 overs
RCB were left at 69-4 when the Protean got out. Patidar’s wicket was followed by Shahbaz Ahmed’s and Daniel Sams’s.
The end of the inning saw an entertaining cameo from Patel, who tried to redeem himself with a blazing 31 off 13 deliveries. Partnered with Kyle Jamieson, they tried to stage a comeback but it didn’t work out.
Kohli’s men lost by 34 runs and as a result, have now moved to third place in the table.