In the 26th match of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, Punjab Kings (PBKS) thrashed Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 34 runs at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Friday.
Rookie Harpreet Brar wreaked havoc with the ball and produced a spell of a lifetime to guide his side to register a memorable victory. The 25-year-old picked up the prized wickets of RCB big fishes Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers to sink their chase of 180.
Brar only conceded 19 runs in his quota of 4 overs and completely destroyed the RCB batting line up. Another spinner Ravi Bishnoi too, joined Brar in the party as he dismissed a couple of scalps for 17 runs in 4 overs.
Earlier, KL Rahul shined with the willow and scored an unbeaten 91 runs to take Punjab to 179/5 after Kohli and Co. invited them to bat first.
Apart from Rahul, power-striker Chris Gayle made a valuable contribution of 46 from 24 balls at a strike rate of 191.67. With the victory, Punjab climbed up to the fifth spot in the points table.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
— Vinay Kumar R (@Vinay_Kumar_R) April 30, 2021
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) April 30, 2021
I love the energy, vibe and skill that Avesh Khan and Ravi Bishnoi have brought so far this season.
— Ian Raphael Bishop (@irbishi) April 30, 2021
VICTORY for @PunjabKingsIPL! 👌👌
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 30, 2021
— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) April 30, 2021
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 30, 2021
Appa jitt gaye! 🕺🕺🕺
— Punjab Kings (@PunjabKingsIPL) April 30, 2021
Brilliant win #PBKS
— Saurabh Malhotra (@MalhotraSaurabh) April 30, 2021
Tonight’s yours PBKS. Special mention to Harpreet Brar. Three huge wickets and a good stint in bat. Game changer. Also can’t forget Bishnoi’s wickets and that catch! Young guns ruling tonight. But RCBians chin up! We’ll be back. Never lose faith. 😎 #PBKSvRCB #RCB
— Chloe-Amanda Bailey (@ChloeAmandaB) April 30, 2021
Can Ravi Bishnoi be Indias leg spin answer for the world T20? Much improved fielder as well. @PunjabKingsIPL
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) April 30, 2021
Defeats are always bound to happen even for top sides in a tournament like IPL but you have to bare in mind the margin of defeats. NRR comes into play as the tournament goes on. RCB will have to be vary of that #PBKSvRCB
— Hemang Badani (@hemangkbadani) April 30, 2021