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Punjab Kings clash against Kohli’s RCB
Kolkata: Little-known left-arm spinner Harpreet Brar has become an unlikely hero for the Punjab Kings against the Royal Challengers Bangalore tonight. Playing his first game this season, he turned the game upside down by picking up the prize wickets of Virat Kohli (35), Glenn Maxwell (0) and AB de Villiers (3) in a two overs space to put in places a 34 -run win for his team.
Just when it looked like a 180 goal should be on hand for RCB’s high-octane hitting training, Australian speedster Riley Meredith struck early at Devdutt Padikkal Castle with just 19 points on the board. . Meredith and Mohammed Shami’s animated opening spells put some pressure on the RCB beaters, who only managed 35 points on the power play.
Earlier, captain KL Rahul’s late charge in a masterful round of 91 unbeaten and a cameo from Brar (25 of 17 balls) drove the Punjab to a score of 179 for five wickets – but not quite a game. winner.
However, the spin combination of Brar and leg spinner Ravi Bishnoi (2/17) managed to riot.
Relive the match as it happened …
KL Rahul’s late charge brings Punjab to 179/5
Kolkata: Captain KL Rahul’s late charge in a masterful round of 91 unbeaten and Harpreet Brar cameo (25 of 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.