PBKS vs RCB IPL 2021 Highlights: Punjab beats Bangalore by 34 runs; Harpreet, Rahul star

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Harpreet Brar removed Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell and Ab de Villiers to put Punjab on top.   -  IPL

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's LIVE coverage of IPL 2021Match 26 between Punjab Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore at the at the Narendra Modi stadium in Ahmedabad.

Result: Punjab Kings beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 34 runs

Fabulous game for Punjab and the side is back in the contest and it's a massive win, given how the other teams are positioned in the points table. Credit for Brar, who closed the game with the wickets of Kohli, Maxwell and ABD. But it was the pace of Shami and Meridith who choked the RCB top-order and from then on it was a Brar show. Top game.

RCB 133/7 after 19 overs: Harshal Patel pockets a couple of boundaries but these strikes are way too late as far as Bangalore is concerned but it will shore up the net run-rate.

RCB 117/7 after 18 overs: Punjab go for a review but that was missing off. From here on it is just about completing formalities.

RCB 102/7 after 17 overs: Chris Jordan bowls a tight over and Punjab will breathe easy as KL Rahul and his side are almost assured of crucial two points.

RCB 96/7 after 16 overs: Ravi Bishnoi finishes a brilliant spell 4-0-17-2 and he almsot had a hat-trick but Harshal Patel just manages to get his bat down. He first removes Shahbaz Ahmed and then strikes to clean up Daniel Sams to leave RCB seven down.

RCB 92/5 after 15 overs: Patidar's struggle at the crease comes to an end as he miscues Jordan and Pooran settles underneath the skier to leave Bangalore five down.

RCB 84/4 after 14 overs: Patidar finally puts bat to ball as he hammers Hooda for a boundary and then for a maximum but Bangalore needs more of those. Punjab will belive it has the game.

RCB 71/4 after 13 overs: Harpreet Brar has changed the complexion of the game and has now picked Ab de Villiers. What a game he is having and Punjab clearly on top. Back of length, de Villiers goes for the shot but drills straight down the throat of Rahul at covers. 

RCB 69/3 after 12 overs: Patidar is clearly struggling to time the ball and it now boils down to Ab de Villiers, who has to play a blinder from here on to help Bangalore take pole position. This is going to be a special innings, if de Villiers manages to pull it off.

RCB 62/3 after 11 overs: Double wicket maiden! Fantastic over from Harpreet Brar as he picks the prized scalps of Virat Kohli and Glenn Maxwell to put Punjab firmly on top. Brar first knocks down the leg stump of Kohli and then bowls a peach to pack off Maxwell as the ball just kisses the off-stump. Bangalore in deep trouble and out walks Ab de Villiers.

RCB 62/1 after 10 overs: Wow Ravi Bishnoi! What an over as he completely bamboozles Patidar and on one occasion the ball just kissed the leg stump but the bails didn't fall. Tremendous pressure on RCB batsmen and Patidar just swinging wildly but each time the ball is evading the bat. Quality bowling.

RCB 59/1 after 9 overs: The partnership is 40 off 39 and Patidar has decided to take the risk as he goes for a wild slog, only to miss the ball and runs are coming very slowly for RCB. The boundaries have dried up and Bangalore will look to up the ante. The required rate has climed up to 11 and the current run rate is 6.56.

RCB 50/1 after 8 overs: The 50 is up for RCB but this has been excellent bowling from Punjab and they haven't allowed Kohli to be at his fluent best and Patidar needs to find his rhythm.

RCB 46/1 after 7 overs: Spin from both ends and Kohli releases the pressure by smacking Harpreet Brar  down the ground for a maximum. However, the left-arm spin bowler does well to keep the RCB skipper at bay and finishes well.

RCB 36/1 after 6 overs: Excellent start from Ravi Bishnoi as he foxes Kohli with a googly and a wrong-un and Punjab will be very satisfied with its effort to not let Bangalore off the hook. Top stuff.

RCB 32/1 after 5 overs: Shot from Patidar as he gets his wrists into play and flicks a full delivery that was pitched on the off through the mid-on and that was pure timing. Superb shot.

RCB 25/1 after 4 overs: Fast and Furious. It's been quality fast bowling from the opening pair of Meredith and Shami with the latter having a go at Virat Kohli. He has got Kohli in all sorts of trouble and Punjab is atacking in relentless fashion.  Kohli has taken two severe blows - one on the right elbow and then a sting on his inner thigh. Top bowling and the skipper is equally up for the task.

RCB 20/1 after 3 overs: Riley Meredith strikes and makes a statement after he was hit for a six by Padikkal as the Australian fast bowler knocked out the southpaw. Padikkal gave the charge but was clearly beaten for the pace as the ball uproots the off pole and Punjab has got a big breakthrough. Rajast Patidar nearly survived as a direct hit would have put RCB in trouble.  Rajat Patidar is the new man in.

RCB 12/0 after 2 overs: Top shot from Kohli as he charges down the track and hits Shami straight over the bowler's head for a boundary. But the India international does well to finish the over without conceding any further boundaries.

RCB 7/0 after 1 over: Eventful first over as Riley Meredith was steaming in clocking speeds of nearly 145kph and almost trapped Virat Kohli but a faint inside edge saved the RCB skipper. Kohli then punished the fast bowler for straying in line as RCB's chase gets underway. 

Right then we are back for the chase with KL Rahul sporting the Orange Cap that he snatched from Shikhar Dhawan. Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal out in the middle and this should be a cracker of a chase. With the ball, it will be Riley Meredith who will start proceedings.

End of Innings: PBKS 179/5 after 20 overs: 45 runs in the last three and 22 coming off Harshal Patel's last over and Punjab have recovered brilliantly to post a strong total. The innings was based on Rahul's unbeaten 91 off 57 balls and a lovely unbeaten cameo of 25 off 17 from Harpreet Brar has given the Punjab bowlers a good total to defend. Gayle, too, contributed and we are set for a wonderful chase. Back in 10

PBKS 157/5 after 19 overs: Rahul gets a thick outside edge and the ball runs away to the boundary and these are very useful runs from Punjab's point of view. A good last over can propel them to 170, which will be a challenging total.

PBKS 150/5 after 18 overs: Harpreet Brar is playing a little cameo as he breaks away from the shakles with a boundary and then hammers Harshal over cow corner for a maximum and ends the over with a boundary as the 150 comes for Punjab. 18 runs from the over.

PBKS 132/5 after 17 overs: Daniel Sams finishes with 4-0-24-1 and he has to be the game changer for RCB with the wicket of Chris Gayle that helped RCB stage a comeback and orchestrate a collapse. Punjab will be kicking themselves after being in such a wonderful position.

PBKS 126/5 after 16 overs: The loss of four quick wickets has sucked the momentum out of Punjab and it is now up to Rahul as Punjab hopes for a late sure. RCB on the other hand is hunting for wickets.

PBKS 119/5 after 15 overs: Terrific comeback from RCB as Chahal strikes to remove Shahrukh Khan and Punjab suddenly are five down and in dumps. A good start has been squandared once again and despite a half-century from skipper Rahul, the middle-order just exploded. The skipper holds the key and he will have to bat till the end to help his team post a challenging total.

PBKS 117/4 after 14 overs: Punjab losing momentum as Shahbaz Ahmed strikes to remove Deepak Hooda who fails to clear the rope after playing a big shot. Rahul is going great guns at the other end and Punjab needs to be careful and arrest the fall of wickets. 

PBKS 113/3 after 13 overs: Nice comeback from Chahal after giving 28 from his first two as he concedes just four runs and most importantly puts a lid on the scoring. Deepak Hooda joins Rahul.

PBKS 109/3 after 12 overs: Fifty for Rahul and he is looking sold in the middle. A six over long-off and a single brings the half-century for Rahul but Nicholas Pooran fails yet again as the West Indian departs for a duck.

PBKS 100/2 after 11 overs: Daniel Sams back in the attack and he strikes to remove the dangerous Chris Gayle who departs for a brilliant 24-ball 46. It was a short ball, going down the leg, Gayle went for the hook shot but gets a glove and Ab de Villiers wasn't going to miss that. Much-needed breakthrough for Bangalore. Rahul meanwhile has found his feet as he smoked Sams high over long-off for a maximum. Nicholas Pooran is the new man.

PBKS 90/1 after 10 overs: Gayle is looking in great touch as this time he pockets another boundary, this man with a deft touch as the ball beats the fielder at short fine leg. But, Harshal Patel makes a bood comeback and prevents any further boundaries. 

PBKS 83/1 after 9 overs: KL Rahul gets into the act and Chahal is proving very expensive as he has been taken for 28 runs in the two overs he has bowled. First the Punjab captain plays a late cut that beats the man at short third man and then brings out the slogsweep and deposits well over the deep mid-wicket for a maximum. Top shot!

PBKS 70/1 after 8 overs: The 50-run stand between Gayle and Rahul is up and it's the West Indian who has done most of the damage, so far and Rahul is happy to play the role of a second fiddle. Harshal Patel into the attack and he starts in a decent fashion giving six runs including a boundary from Rahul.

PBKS 64/1 after 7 overs: There is no stopping Gayle as he welcomes Yuzvendra Chahal into the attack with a flat six over long-off and then ends the over with another maximum and the ball has taken some beating. Chahal facing the music and it's brute force by the big man.

PBKS 49/1 after 6 overs: 4,4,4,4,0,4 That's Gayle force and Jamieson has bore the brunt of it. Gayle should have opened but coming one drop, he has done the damage to give Punjab a good start in the PowerPlay. He is looking in good touch as he hammers Jamieson for 20 runs in an over.

PBKS 29/1 after 5 overs: Superb shot from Rahul as he nails a straight drive and punishes Siraj for pitching it full. Gayle, meanwhile, is off the mark. Punjab will look to cash in more boundaries as the PowerPlay nears an end.

PBKS 21/1 after 4 overs: Gone! RCB strike and its the big man Jamieson who makes the early breakthrough. Digs in short and Prabhsimran goes for the pull only to mistime it and Virat Kohli takes a simple catch. He was not in a position to play the pull shot and the extra bounce did the trick. Chris Gayle joins Rahul.

PBKS 18/0 after 3 overs: Prabhsimran is opening up nicely as he almost got the distance as he lofts Daniel Sams and the ball just falls ahead of the boundary. Punjab off to sedate start

PBKS 13/0 after 2 overs: First six of the match and it's KL Rahul who lights fireworks with a superb blow over the deep mid-wicket. It was stand and deliver from the Punjab skipper as Siraj bowls short and Rahul with a nice swing of the bat clears the fence at ease.

PBKS 3/0 after 1 over: Excellent start from Daniel Sams as he gives just three runs with both Rahul and Prabhsimran opening their accounts.

Alright we are all set for the game to begin and it will be KL Rahul along with Prabhsimran Singh, who will open in place of an injured Mayank Agarwal. With the ball, it will be Daniel Sams who will start proceedings with the new ball under the lights. Here we go!

Playing XI

RCB Playing XI: Virat Kohli(c), Devdutt Padikkal, Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers(w), Shahbaz Ahmed, Daniel Sams, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal

Punjab Kings Playing XI: KL Rahul(w/c), Chris Gayle, Deepak Hooda, Nicholas Pooran, Prabhsimran Singh, Shahrukh Khan, Chris Jordan, Riley Meredith, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Harpreet Brar

Toss: Royal Challengers Bangalore wins toss, opts to bowl first

The Preview

Punjab Kings (PBKS) is not short on batting firepower, with the likes of K.L. Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Deepak Hooda and Nicholas Pooran in the ranks. Big runs, however, have been hard to find, leading to PBKS' four losses in six outings.

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The most recent failure came on Monday, when PBKS could muster only 123 for nine in a one-sided defeat to Kolkata Knight Riders. The most worrying aspect is the form of West Indian Pooran, who averages a dismal 5.6 for the tournament. Calls to include Dawid Malan - a proven T20 performer - in the playing eleven have grown louder.

Complete Squads

RCB: Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Washington Sundar, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers(w), Daniel Christian, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj, Sachin Baby, Srikar Bharat, Pavan Deshpande, Rajat Patidar, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Finn Allen, Suyash Prabhudessai, Daniel Sams, Shahbaz Ahmed

PBKS: KL Rahul (w/c), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Moises Henriques, Shahrukh Khan, Fabian Allen, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh, Murugan Ashwin, Mandeep Singh, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Jalaj Saxena, Sarfaraz Khan, Saurabh Kumar, Jhye Richardson, Ishan Porel, Riley Meredith, Utkarsh Singh, Darshan Nalkande, Prabhsimran Singh, Harpreet Brar