26th Match -IPL 2021 - Punjab Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (Ahmedabad)
Punjab Kings found an instant hero in new comer Harpreet Brar who made a quickfire 25 and captured three prized wickets, as they beat favourites Royal Challengers Bangalore by 34 runs in their IPL match at Ahmedabad on Friday.
Brar shot to the limelight like a bolt from the blues as he initially marked his presence with a last-ball six against the tournament's leading wicket taker Harshal Patel as the Punjab Kings set the Royal Challengers a target 180.
The Punjab Kings restricted the powerful Royal Challengers batting line-up to 145 for 8 in the 20 overs, as Brar with his left arm spinners took the wickets of Virat Kohli (35), Glenn Maxwell (0) and AB de Villiers (3) within the space of just 12 balls to trigger a major collapse from 62 for 1.
Brar lifted the spirits of the Punjab Kings, when he joined his captain and opening batsman K.L. Rahul, who kept losing partners at regular intervals to end up at 118 for 5 in 14.2 overs.
With no assurance of moving towards setting a challenging target with Chris Gayle also back in the pavilion for a lusty 46 made from 24 balls that had six fours and two sixes, the Punjab Kings found their saviour in Brar who together with Rahul shared in an unbroken partnership of 61 runs in just 5.2 overs.
As Rahul anchored the innings with an unbeaten 91, Brar chipped in with 25 from just 17 deliveries that had two sixes one of which came in the last ball of the innings when he swung a ball from medium paceman Harshal Patel over mid-wicket.
For the first time in the tournament Patel who is the leading wicket taker could not take a wicket, as he conceded 53 runs from his four overs with 22 of them coming in the final over.
Rahul made his unbeaten 91 from 57 balls with seven fours and five sixes after the Punjab Kings were put into bat by Kohli who won the toss.
Punjab Kings 179 for 5 in 20 overs (KL Rahul 91 not out)
Royal Challengers 145 for 8 in 20 overs (Harpreet Brar 3 for 19)