Punjab Kings skipper KL Rahul heaped reward on younger spinner Harpreet Brar who starred with each bat and ball as PBKS beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 34 runs in match 26 of IPL 2021 on the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
In what was a should-win tie for Punjab to maintain its probabilities alive within the event, Brar took a 3-wicket haul (4-1-19-3) that included the prized scalps of Virat Kohli, Ab de Villiers and Glenn Maxwell to tame the famed Bangalore batting line-up.
“We were preparing Brar. On a pitch like this, we felt like we needed a finger spinner who could hit hard lengths. He did exactly that and batted really well in the end as well. I am young myself, but I have been trying to speak to the boys and pass on whatever experience I have of IPL and international cricket.
“They are blessed with monumental expertise and we have now to organize them for the conditions and the pressures they’d face within the center because the captain and the help employees. Really makes me and the help employees very joyful. There is nothing specifically in opposition to RCB, however all matches in opposition to them have been should-win video games for us due to after they come within the event,” Rahul stated.
The skipper himself led from the entrance with an excellent 57-ball 91 to seize the Orange Cap from Shikhar Dhawan.
” It was important for me to lead from the front and that’s what I try to do every game. When I have the opportunity to put pressure on bowlers and set targets, I try to do it to the best of my ability. It came off well today,” the Punjab skipper stated.
Batting first, Punjab began slowly however gained momentum as Chris Gayle smashed a vital 24-ball 46 and laid the platform for a late flourish.
“There is a lot written about Gayle, about his age and whether he should be playing. But I know as a captain, just his impact he has when he walks out is huge. I have played with him for 7-8 years and he keeps getting better and better. He is batting at three, something he hasn’t done ever in his career, but he’ll do that for the team. That’s the kind of man Chris is. He takes the pressure off me at the top,” Rahul stated.
Player of the match for his good efficiency, Brar stated he’ll cherish the wicket of Kohli.
“I hail from Moga district. I am sure the people back home would be proud and happy. I wasn’t overwhelmed when Kohli hit me because a bowler always gets a second chance to come back. My first IPL wicket was Kohli Paaji’s wicket and that was very special. It came out in a flow after that, your body opens up, you get confident and things fall in place,” Brar stated.
With the bat too, Brar made a big contribution as he scored an unbeaten 25 off 17 balls and helped his facet publish a aggressive complete.
“When I came out to bat, I had the time to wait for a couple of overs. Rahul bhai was also talking to me about the conditions and about the shots I could play,” he stated.
-Kohli displays on loss-
Losing skipper Virat Kohli stated that his facet gave away additional runs in the direction of the tip after having Punjab on the ropes.
Bangalore stage a comeback by decreasing Punjab to 116/5 however Rahul and Harpreet Brar got here up with some late fireworks.
“They got off to a good start but we pulled things back somewhat after five down. Should have been chasing 160, but we gave away 25-odd runs in the end. Focused too much on what the batters were doing. We got away from our plans. We gave too many bad balls for boundaries,” Kohli stated.
In reply, Bangalore didn’t get off to a flying begin and the shortage of impetus within the prime put strain on the center-order.
“As batsmen, we could have tried different things early on. It was tough to hit through the line. It was all about trying to get a partnership and have a strike rate of more than 110. We were not able to do that as a batting unit. Just a few little tweaks we need to address going forward.
“There are areas we need to improve. The composition of our team is such that we give him (Patidar) the freedom to play at number 3. It’s (batting order) situational, this is a good balance for our batting line up. Rajat is a quality player, just that tonight wasn’t his night,” the Bangalore skipper added.