Punjab Kings beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 34 runs in match 26 of IPL 2021 to get to six points. This win takes Punjab Kings to the fifth position in the points table. Meanwhile, this was the second loss for RCB in their last three games. Despite the loss, they maintain their position at number three. More about the match report in detail below.
Playing his first game, Harpreet Brar’s spell of 3/19 took the sting out of RCB’s chase. he took the wickets of Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell and AB De Villiers to break the backbone of Bangalore’s chase. The lower-order despite their best efforts could not help the team go past the finish line. Kyle Jamieson scored 16 from 11 and Harshal Patel’s 13-ball 31 was not enough at the end as RCB succumbed to their second loss in their last three games. They had a narrow win against Delhi Capitals by just one run. In this game they reached only as far as 145/8. The team seems to be losing the momentum it gathered after winning their first four games.
Harpreet Brar’s Spell Helps Punjab Kings Take Down RCB
Earlier in the game, RCB won the toss and opted to bowl first. Punjab Kings finished on a more than competitive 179/5. KL Rahul scored 91 off 57 balls. He had an 80-run stand with Chris Gayle (46 off 24 balls). Before his exploits with the ball, Brar’s 25 off 17 helped Punjab reach the total they did at the end. On the given night it proved to be enough as the side notched their third win of the campaign and are back in the reckoning.
The current Purple Cap holder Harshal Patel went for 53 off his spell without a wicket. Kyle Jamieson picked up 2/32 while Yuzvendra Chahal picked up 1/34.
Apart from Brar taking three wickets, Ravi Bishnoi took two wickets for Punjab Kings and Mohammed Shami one. Riley Meredith picked up the first RCB wicket to fall, that of Devdutt Padikkal. The table is well and truly opening up and the fight for the fourth spot is well and on between the five teams languishing at the second half of the table.