Skipper KL Rahul scored a combative 91 whereas Harpreet Brar accounted for 3 key batsmen as Punjab Kings (PBKS) thumped Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 34 runs in an IPL match, in Ahmedabad on Friday. Put into bat, PBKS have been in a spot of trouble at one stage however Rahul’s perseverance, power-hitting of Chris Gayle (46) and vitality of Brar (25) ensured they’d a aggressive 179 for 5 on board. Rahul and Gayle shared a 80-run stand however PBKS’s center order collapsed as Brar, batting at quantity seven, was the one different batsman to handle a double-digit rating.
Rahul and Brar then added 61 runs for the unbeaten eighth wicket to rescue the aspect after the RCB bowlers had seized the initiative following Gayle’s dismissal within the eleventh over.
Rahul hit seven fours and 5 sixes in his 57-ball knock, whereas Brar took 17 balls for his 25 that had two sixes and a 4. Brar (3/19) then returned with ball in his hand to dismiss key rival batsmen Virat Kohli (35), Glenn Maxwell (0) and AB de Villiers (3) as RCB managed 145 for eight.
The win took PBKS (6) to fifth place behind Mumbai Indians (MI) (6) within the factors desk from the sixth place, whereas RCB (10) remained at quantity three.
The fiery spells from Riley Meredith (1/29) and Mohammed Shami (1/28) meant that RCB have been off to a sedate begin as they might rating solely 36 runs from the Powerplay overs.
The 24-year-old Australian pacer constantly examined the RCB openers and finally uprooted the stumps of Devdutt Padikkal (7) after being hit for a six on a mis-timed shot by the left-hander.
Kohli, who was hit on his proper elbow by compatriot Shami, and Rajat Patidar stored the scoreboard ticking as shot-making was not straightforward towards the disciplined PBKS bowlers.
At half-way mark, RCB have been simply 62 for 2 and to make matter worse, left-arm spinner Brar clear bowled Kohli and Maxwell off successive deliveries within the eleventh over.
The PBKS bowler returned and despatched again harmful De Villiers (3) to depart RCB gasping at 69 for 4 in 12.1 overs. From there onwards, it stopped being a contest because the required run-rate stored hovering.
Earlier, the tempo duo of Daniel Sams and Mohammed Siraj bowled tight spells initially to maintain the PBKS batsmen on a decent leash, not letting them open their arms.
Prabhsimran Singh, who performed rather than injured Mayank Agarwal, couldn’t contribute a lot, scoring a-run-a-ball 7.
Rahul seemed in good contact, driving the ball elegantly however runs didn’t come at a great tempo for the aspect till Gayle exploded.
The West Indian creamed 5 fours, together with 4 in a row, within the final over of the Powerplay, bowled by Jamieson. He adopted that up with two sixes off Yuzvendra Chahal within the subsequent over with the primary one being a flat most.
Runs got here thick and quick, boosting the run price however Gayle couldn’t convert that into an enormous knock. Jamieson removed the Caribbean marauder, getting him caught behind. It was a comfortable dismissal because the sharp brief ball touched Gayle’s gloves and reached into the arms of AB de Villiers.
The tall Kiwi bowler additionally removed Nicholas Pooran (0) whereas Deepak Hooda (5) and Shahrukh Khan (0) additionally made their means again to pavilion in a jiffy.
Rahul, who was dropping one companion after one other, accomplished his half-century with a single as huge pictures dried up once more. The final over fetched PBKS 22 runs with Rahul hitting Harshal Patel for 2 fours and a six earlier than Brar closed the innings with one other six.