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Cricket Highlights, 30 Apr: IPL 2021 (Match 26)

The 26th match of the IPL 2021 between Punjab Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore took place yesterday. Let’s have a look at the article to know about the exciting moments of the game.

IPL 2021 Match 26 (Punjab Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore)

The Punjab Kings beat one of the best title contenders Royal Challengers Bangalore by 34 runs in the only match of the day in Ahmedabad on Friday courtesy of Harpreet Brar’s all-round performance and captain KL Rahul’s 91-run innings. Punjab put up 179 runs on the board for the loss of 5 wickets in 20 overs. In reply, Bangalore could not score more than 145 runs losing 8 wickets in 20 overs.

After losing the toss, Punjab lost opener Prabhsimran Singh by 19 runs. However, in the second wicket, captain KL Rahul took the helm of the team with Chris Gayle. They put on a partnership of 80 runs. However, the team lost 4 wickets to add 19 runs to the scoreboard. However, on the sixth wicket, KL Rahul got a combative collection of 61 runs with Harpreet. With 7 fours and 5 sixes, Captain Rahul remained unbeaten on 91 off 57 balls.

Coming down to chase the target, Bangalore lost Devdutt Padikkal by 19 runs but Bangalore was being led with the bat of captain Virat Kohli and Rajat Patidar. They formed a pair of 43 runs. But then Harpreet picked up 3 wickets within 8 runs in his spin magic. Harpreet bowled Virat Kohli and Glenn Maxwell, two of the best star batsmen of the current season. Another best batsman of the time, AB de Villiers was caught by Rahul then. 

And the rest of the bowlers of the team also got pumped up by Harpreet’s great bowling. Ravi Bishnoi bowled well. They picked up 7 wickets for 96 runs. But then Harshal Patel (31) and Kyle Jamison (16*) tried to take the team towards glory. But that has only reduced the rate gap. Kohli played the highest innings of 35 runs for the team. Harpreet Brar (3-19, 4 overs) was the highest wicket-taker for Punjab.

At the end of the match, Royal Challengers Bangalore stands as third in the points table with 10 points from 5 wins. On the other hand, Punjab Kings are in the fifth position of the points table with only 6 points playing 7 matches.


Punjab Kings – 179/5 (20.0)

Royal Challengers Bangalore – 145/8 (20.0)

Result – Punjab Kings by 34 runs

Player of the Match – Harpreet Brar


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