Punjab Kings registered their 3rd victory in IPL 2021 by defeating Royal Challengers Bangalore. Batting first, PBKS posted a total of 179 on the board with a loss of 5 wickets. In reply, RCB could only manage to muster 148 runs, falling short in the end by 34 runs. With this victory, PBKS are now 5th in the IPL 2021 points table. That said, here are 3 reasons why PBKS defeated RCB in the 26th match of IPL 2021:
3. Harshal Patel’s poor bowling performance against PBKS
Harshal Patel has been a regular wicket-taker for RCB in IPL 2021. However, after Ravindra Jadeja smacked him for 37 runs in an over in the match against CSK, Harshal Patel’s performance has dipped. Patel was RCB’s most expensive bowler against PBKS, conceding runs at a dismal bowling economy of 13.25 per over. In 4 overs, the RCB bowler leaked a total of 53 runs. The 30-year-old leaked 22 runs in his final over, as KL Rahul and Harpreet Brar sent Patel to the cleaners.
2. RCB’s top order failed to impress with the bat against PBKS
The duo of Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal failed to provide RCB with an ideal start against PBKS. Padikkal was the first to depart, scoring only 7 runs in 6 balls. RCB skipper Virat Kohli departed in the 10th over of RCB’s innings after a sluggish knock of 35 in 34 balls. Glenn Maxwell got out for a duck in the first ball he faced. South African AB de Villiers also disappointed with the bat, scoring just 3 runs in 9 deliveries. RCB no 3 batsman Rajat Patidar also looked unconvincing, amassing just 31 runs in 30 balls. A poor show by RCB’s top order handed them their 2nd loss in the season so far.
1. PBKS’s spinners impressed against RCB
The spin duo of Ravi Bishnoi and Harpreet Brar ran riot against RCB. Brar bowled 4 overs against RCB, conceding only 19 runs and scalping 3 important wickets. The 25-year-old accounted for the wickets of Virat Kolhi, Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers. Ravi Bishnoi was also impressive with the ball, conceding only 17 runs in 4 overs against PBKS. The 20-year-old scalped the wickets of Shahbaz Ahmed and Daniel Sams. A superb bowling outing by PBKS’s spinners ensured that PBKS win the match by a comprehensive margin of 34 runs.