Ahmedabad: Left-arm spinner Harpreet Brar had a dream first match on this season’s Indian Premier League (IPL) as he picked up the wickets of Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers to assist Punjab Kings (PBKS) romp to a 34-run win towards Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on the Narendra Modi Stadium on Friday evening.
After placing up a difficult complete of 179/5, PBKS managed to limit RCB to 145/8 of their 20 overs.
Brar, who had performed solely three IPL matches earlier than Friday, scalped 3/19 in his 4 overs to run by the power-packed RCB middle-order.
Before that, Australian pacer Riley Meredith had dealt the primary blow to RCB by sending opener Devdutt Padikkal’s off-stump flying.
Kohli (35) and Rajat Patidar (31) then took their time and added 43 for the second wicket to set the platform for Maxwell and de Villiers. However, Brar spoiled all of the plans.
He first eliminated Kohli, who appeared to cost down the wicket however missed the road because the ball stored low. Then the tweaker from Moga spun one to beat Maxwell and hit the highest of his off-stump. In the following over, he had de Villiers caught at cowl.
RCB had been all of the sudden decreased to 69/4, needing 111 runs off 47 balls, which proved an excessive amount of for the decrease order batsmen.
Earlier, skipper Okay.L. Rahul’s unbeaten 91 (57 balls, 7×4, 5×6) powered PBKS to 179/5.
At one stage, PBKS appeared like struggling to place up a aggressive complete, however Rahul’s onslaught helped the workforce amass 40 runs within the final two overs of Harshal Patel which noticed them publish a difficult goal.
The Punjab franchise had misplaced opener Prabhsimran Singh (7) early earlier than Chris Gayle (46 off 24 balls) and Rahul took cost. Gayle’s knock comprised six fours and two sixes and took the workforce’s rating to 99 within the eleventh over. After Gayle’s dismissal, PBKS misplaced three fast wickets which set them again and threatened to limit the workforce to underneath 150.
However, Rahul and Brar (25 not out off 17 deliveries) then put up an unbeaten stand of 61 runs for the sixth wicket that took PBKS to their eventual rating. Brar hit two sixes off Patel.
Brief scores: Punjab Kings 179/5 in 20 overs (KL Rahul 91 not out, C Gayle 46, Okay Jamieson 2/32, D Sams 1/24) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore 145/8 in 20 overs (V Kohli 35, H Patel 31, R Patidar 31, H Brar 3/19, R Bishnoi 2/17).