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IPL 2021: Punjab Kings outplay Royal Challengers Bangalore by 34 runs

Brar was the star, scoring 25* and then dismissing Kohli, Maxwell, de Villiers

brar-rcb-pbks-iplt20-com Harpreet Brar of Punjab Kings celebrates the wicket of AB de Villiers of Royal Challengers Bangalore during match 26 of the IPL 2021, at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad | via iplt20.com

K.L. Rahul and Harpreet Brar shone bright as Punjab Kings defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by 34 runs in an Indian Premier League 2021 match in Ahmedabad on Friday.

Put into bat, opener Rahul anchored the innings with a 57-ball 91*, while Chris Gayle (46 off 24) and Harpreet Brar (25 off 17 balls) were the other contributors as Punjab posted a competitive 179 for five.

Left-arm spinner Brar then produced an exceptional spell, capturing three top wickets of RCB skipper Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers, while leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi (2/17) snapped two as Punjab restricted RCB to 145 for 8.

Riley Meredith (1/24) and Chris Jordon (1/31) were also among wickets.

For RCB, Kyle Jamieson (2/32) recovered from a hammering from Gayle to scalp two batsmen while Daniel Sams (1/24), Yuzvendra Chahal (1/34) and Shahbaz Ahmed (1/11) took one wicket each.

Brief scores:

Punjab Kings: 179 for 5 in 20 overs (KL Rahul 91 not out, C Gayle 46; Kyle Jamieson 2/32).

Royal Challengers Bangalore: 145 for 8 in 20 overs (Virat Kohli 35; Harmeet Brar 3/19).

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