Captain KL Rahul’s innings of 91 off 57 balls laid the foundation for Punjab. Rahul hit a six and two fours in the last over. A total of seven fours and five sixes came from Rahul’s bat. Chris Gayle (46 off 24 balls) and Harpreet Brar (25 off 17 balls) supported Rahul. Gayle hit five fours in the sixth over off Jameson.
Rahul and newcomer Prabh Simran Singh opened the innings for Punjab, who lost the toss and opted to bat. The duo started well but were caught by Prabh Simran Kohli, who played an inadvertent shot off Jaimison’s ball. But Rahul, on the other hand, was in his usual form. Chris Gayle, who came to the crease after the first wicket fell, started the match by giving hints of his old glory. Rahul and Gayle put on a formidable performance for the second wicket.
They attacked the RCB bowlers and quickly increased Punjab’s score. Punjab scored 49 in the first six overs while Gayle was dismissed in the 11th over for 99. Gayle returned with a stunning 46 off 24 balls. They scored 50 runs from five overs. In the 12th over, Punjab were in a strong position to cross the 100 mark but suddenly fell from 99-2 to 118-5.
The poor performance of their middle order, which was the main reason for Punjab not being able to win this season, continued in this match. West Indies’ Nicholas Pooran, who broke the tournament record of zero, was also out for zero in this match. He was bowled out for three. Deepak Hooda (5) and Shah Rukh Khan (0) are the other outfielders
On the one hand, the wickets were falling to the ground and on the other hand, Rahul was leading the way by scoring runs. Newcomer Harpreet Brar, who joined Rahul for the sixth wicket, was a great support to the captain. After finding the rhythm, the star witnessed Rahul and started playing big shots. Punjab, who were all out for 126 in the 16th over, were 179 for five at the end of 20 overs. They have scored 53 runs in the last four overs. Punjab scored 40 runs in the 18th and final over off Hershel Patel, the current Purple Cap holder of the tournament. Captain Rahul (91 off 57 balls) and Harpreet Brar (25 off 17 balls) were unbeaten.
In bowling for RCB, Jaimison took two wickets while Daniel Sams, Chahal and Shahbaz Ahmed took one wicket each.