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KL Rahul’s late accusation brings Punjab to 179/5
Kolkata: Captain KL Rahul’s late charge in a masterful round of 91 unbeaten and Harpreet Brar cameo (25 from 17 bullets) led Punjab Kings to a total of 179 fights for five wickets against the Royal Challengers Bangalore in Ahmedabad today.
It was a wasted opportunity for the Punjab to put at least a total of 190 on board on that wicket, as they were given a perfect launch pad by the blazing 80-track partnership of Rahul and Chris Gayle for the second wicket. However, once the ‘Universe Boss’ fell for 46 out of 24 bullets, their innings ran in disarray until a late blitz gave it one last push.
The total is not enough to defend against a fit RCB batting lineup and Punjab bowlers need to strike early to feed any hope of upset.
RCB punches Punjab Kings
Kolkata: It will take an extraordinary effort from the Punjab Kings of KL Rahul, sixth in the standings, to put the Royal Challengers Bangalore in a tough spot when they face off today at the massive Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Ahmedabad’s surface is likely to see a battering festival with both sides loaded with enough firepower, but the Punjab’s best chance is to continue here – if they manage to contain Virat Kohli’s men to a score nominal. Incidentally, Glenn Maxwell may have a point to prove against Rahul’s men as he was dropped by the franchise after a rather poor season with the Bat in the UAE.
RCB, with 10 points from six matches, have a play-off spot within their grasp while Punjab still have a mountain to climb with just two wins from an equal number of matches. It’s time for Rahul’s men to show that they just aren’t here to make up the numbers.
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