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PBKS vs RCB Highlights: KL Rahul, Harpreet Brar star in Punjab Kings' 34-run win over Royal Challengers Bangalore

  • IPL 2021 Highlights, PBKS vs RCB: KL Rahul scored an unbeaten 91, while Harpreet Brar dismissed Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers to help Punjab Kings beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 34 runs.
By hindustantimes.com, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 30, 2021 11:18 PM IST

PBKS vs RCB, IPL 2021 Highlights: Punjab Kings beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 34 runs. RCB finished on 145/8 with Harpreet Brar picking up 3/19. Brar turned the game around, dismissing AB de Villiers, Glenn Maxwell, and Virat Kohli in two successive overs for his first three IPL wickets. Punjab Kings were off to a great start as Riley Meredith cleaned up Devdutt Padikkal. In the first innings, KL Rahul stayed till the very end, his 91 not out, taking Punjab Kings to 179/5. He was aided by Harpreet Brar towards the end, scoring 25 not out off 17 balls with one four and two sixes. Wickets continued to tumble for Punjab Kings as they lose four wickets for 19 runs. Yuzvendra Chahal bowled Shahrukh Khan for a duck, Kyle Jamieson removed Nicholas Pooran for his fourth duck of IPL 2021 and Daniel Sams sent back the dangerous Chris Gayle for 46.

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  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 11:15 PM

    Virat Kohli reacts after RCB's loss

    "They got off to a decent start and we pulled things back decently. Probably gave away 25 too much at the end, should have been chasing 160. Had a chat around executing our plans, which we did, but at the end we strayed away. With the bat we never got the momentum, they bowled well to be honest. Just kept the pressure going. But as batsmen as well we could have tried more things at the start. It was tough to hit through the line. It was about making a partnership and making sure you're there to keep getting the boundaries, bat at a strike rate of at least 110. We didn't manage to do that. We understand the areas where we lost momentum. The composition of our team is such that someone like Rajat, if you see the last game, controlled the game for us. We give him that freedom and sometimes it doesn't work out. Maxi and AB at 4 and 5 has worked well for us, when there's a partnership early, one of them will come off. Didn't work today but Rajat's a quality player. A bit of a positive at the end, pulled things back nicely. Harshal and Jamo (Jamieson) struck a few at the end. A loss off 60-65 would've hurt more," the RCB captain said during the presentation ceremony.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 11:08 PM

    All over! Punjab Kings win by 34 runs

    That's the match, folks. RCB finish on 145/8 from their 20 overs, which means that Punjab Kings have won the match to go to six points. With that, they complete a hat-trick of wins over RCB.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 11:06 PM

    Can't keep Bishnoi out of it! What a catch

    OUT! Ravi Bishnoi takes a stunning catch as RCB lose their 8th wicket. PBKS closing in on a wonderful win. Harshal Patel goes after an entertaining knock of 31 off 13 balls.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 11:04 PM

    Meredith goes off the field

    Riley Meredith cops a nasty blow to his right knee. Kyle Jamieson smacks the ball hard right back to Meredith, who tries to get out of the way but the ball manages to hit his knee in what looks like a nasty blow. Meredith has a smile on his way as he walks put of the ground. Hope there isn't any serious damage done.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 11:02 PM

    Meredith to Jamieson: SIX

    Wow! Absolutely tonked. Middles it from the sweet spot and the ball goes sailing over midwicket. It's not over until it's over.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 11:00 PM

    Six more for Harshal

    Second maximum for Harshal Patel as he smokes a six off Chris Jordan to give some respect top RCB's total.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 10:58 PM

    4, 4: Harshal Patel having some fun

    Well, this match ain't over yet and Harshal Patel has decided to get some batting practice as he hits back-to-back boundaries off Chris Jordan. He's 20 off nine balls.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 10:55 PM

    A night Harpreet Brar will remember his entire life

    A tale for his grandchildren already for young Harpreet Brar.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 10:52 PM

    FOUR more

    That's a stinging shot from Kyle Jamieson. Smoked down the ground. Brilliant reflexes from the umpire to get out of the way, otherwise he would have risked some serious injury.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 10:50 PM

    Shami to Harshal: SIX

    That's quite a stroke. Against the pace of Shami, Harshal Patel gives himself room and lifts the ball over long off where Nicholas Pooran attempts a catch but the ball goes well beyond him.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 10:44 PM

    Gone! Wickets falling like Dominos for RCB

    OUT! Second wicket for Ravi Bishnoi as he cleans up Daniel Sams. RCB lose their seventh wicket for 96. The leg-spinner was on a hat-trick but Harshal Patel prevents it, barely.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 10:40 PM

    IPL Live, PBKS vs RR: Another wicket goes down

    OUT! Sixth wicket down for RCB for 96 as Shahbaz Ahmed goes. RCB all over the place and PBKS on top.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 10:34 PM

    Patidar OUT!

    GONE! Rajat Patidar hit it in the air, got the elevation, not the distance. Easy catch for Nicholas Pooran. RCB 91/5

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 10:33 PM

    Stats attack

    AB de Villiers this IPL:

    vs pace: 143(73) - no dismissals

    vs spin: 64(53) - three dismissals

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 10:30 PM

    Required Rate: 16

    Punjab Kings need 96 to win off 36 balls. Required Run rate 16. Can Rajat Patidar and Shahbaz Ahmed do it for RCB?

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 10:26 PM

    Stats attack

    Bowlers having Virat Kohli as his maiden IPL wicket:

    Ashoke Dinda

    Ashish Nehra

    Albie Morkel

    Chetanya Nanda

    Doug Bracewell

    Mitchell McClenaghan

    Jasprit Bumrah

    Harpreet Brar***

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 10:23 PM

    AB de Villiers OUT!

    GONE! Harpreet Brar gets the wicket of AB de Villiers and now the game has turned. RCB 69/4

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 10:18 PM

    Two in two! Golden duck for Maxwell

    Bowled him! Two in two as Harpreet cleans up Maxwell for a golden duck. Sharp turn and clips Maxwell's off stump. The PBKS players celebrated right away and although the third umpire had a look at it, Maxwell had to depart for a golden duck. Double wicket maiden for Harpreet Brad. Kohli and Maxwell. He will remember his first two IPL wickets for a long, long time.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 10:14 PM

    WICKET! Kohli perishes

    Bowled him! Brar cleans up Kohli for a big wicket. Incredible scenes. RCB would believe they have lost the wrong wicket. Harpreet Brar foxes Kohli with one that stays low and can you imagine? That is his first IPL wicket. RCB 62/2 in 10.1 overs.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 10:12 PM

    Ravi Bishnoi, what a clever bowler

    It's almost as if he knows that the batsman is going to do next. Just three of the over as the asking rate mounts. RCB 62/1 at the half-way mark, need another 118 off 60 balls. Challenging but not impossible.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 10:10 PM

    Maxwell padded up

    Surely, if a wicket falls here, RCB should send either Glenn Maxwell or AB de Villiers next. Rajat Patidar is struggling and he should be the one trying to break free. Bishnoi is back. More spin from Punjab Kings.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 10:06 PM

    Strategic time out

    Let's rewind what's transpired in this innings so far. Punjab Kings got the early wicket of Devdutt Padikkal and even though they haven't got another wicket since, their bowlers have done a remarkable job in stopping Virat Kohli from returning to his fluent self. RCB are 59/1 after nine overs, need another 121 off 66 balls at an asking rate of 11 an over.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 10:04 PM

    FOUR: Another four off Harpreet

    Last over, Kohli welcomes Harpreet Brar with a six first ball and this time around, it's a four. Smashes the ball through covers for his third four of the innings.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 10:02 PM

    Live, PBKS vs RCB: Eight gone, 50 up for RCB

    Not a bad start from RCB, but not as fluent as the ones they've produced earlier this season. Full credit to Punjab Kings, who have kept RCB and Kohli quiet. The required run rate is over 10. 5 now.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 10:00 PM

    Chris Jordan with the ball

    The England all-rounder begins well, beating Patidar outside off. Takes a single off the next ball to bring Kohli back on strike. The RCB captain would look to go after Jordan. He likes to target the bowlers to go after and Jordan might just be the man here.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 09:58 PM

    Kohli takes on Harpreet: SIX

    There's the breakout shot Kohli was looking for. Doesn't give Harpreet Brar any look-in. Goes down the wicket and hammers the ball straight back near the side screen for a six. Almost a run out to finish the over but no harm done to Kohli. RCB 46/1 after 7 overs.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 09:54 PM

    End of the Powerplay

    RCB are behind Punjab Kings after the six-over mark. PBKS had raced to 49/0, while RCB have scored at six an over to reach 36/1.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 09:52 PM

    First sign of spin from Punjab Kings

    Ravi Bishnoi in the attack. Not sure how right a call that is, given how their pacers were troubling RCB batsmen. But Bishnoi isn't easy to get away. He bowled splendidly against Mumbai Indians and if he can do the same here against RCB, PBKS would surely be in with a good chance to pull this one off.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 09:50 PM

    First four for Patidar

    Beautifully timed from Rajat Patidar. Just slightly on his pads and Patidar flicks plays a steady drive on the on-side, bringing his wristwork in play. Pierces the gap on the leg side and the ball races away for four. His first boundary. RCB 32/1 after five overs.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 09:48 PM

    Shami troubles Kohli again

    Another one that hits Kohli on the body as the ball hits the RCB captain on his right arm, who tried to go for the pull but misses it. This is an engaging contest. Kohli has struck Shami for a four but the Punjab Kings pacer has hit his India captain with two stinging blows.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 09:46 PM

    Five off the over, Shami keeps things tight

    A fine over from Mohammed Shami as Punjab Kings fight to keep RCB quiet. Serious pace and rhythm from Shami and Meredith. It's been a tremendous start from PBKS and rest assured, this game is on. Meredith runs in for his third over.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 09:44 PM

    If you're a KL Rahul fan, this one is for you

    The PBKS captain continued his fine form, hitting his fourth half-century of the season.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 09:42 PM

    Meredith steaming in

    He's really making the ball talk. There's movement off the surface. The previous ball thudded onto Kohli's arms. Patidar goes for the single but returns in time, surviving a close run-out chance. RCB 20/1 after 3 overs.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 09:40 PM

    OUT! Early wicket for PBKS

    Meredith cleans up Padikkal as RCB lose early wicket in chase of 180. What a response from the pacer. A six off the previous ball and Meredith has responded in style, castling Padikkal for 7. Tries to go for the big one but misses it altogether. The ball crashes onto the stumps and all three stumps light up together.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 09:38 PM

    Padikkal slashes for SIX

    Full and wide from Meredith. Enough for Devdutt Padikkal to play a cracking drive that takes the ball over the fence. First six for Padikkal.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 09:36 PM

    Interesting first two overs

    RCB have moved to 12/0 after 2. But the first 12 balls have been exciting. There have been boundaries, misses, a close LBW shot and an excellent comeback from Shami, banging in the short ball to Kohli, who missed it. Shami apologies to his India captain right away but these are early indications that PBKS are not going to let RCB get away easily.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 09:34 PM

    Shami to Kohli: FOUR

    It doesn't matter if Shami has dismissed Kohli four times in the past, this shot has been bludgeoned past the fast bowler for a four. The ball was dispatched to the boundary quicker that Shami ran in.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 09:32 PM

    FOUR: Kohli is away

    Meredith drags it slightly down Kohli's legs and the RCB skipper is quick to pounce on to that opportunity. Whips the ball and it races away for four. RCB 7/0 after the 1st over.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 09:30 PM

    Huge appeal, Kohli safe

    Inside edge saves Virat Kohli, otherwise it was as plumb as it gets. Umpire Virender Sharma with a good decision. The commentators looked convinced it was out, but the umpire knew that was wood on that. No review taken by PBKS either

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 09:28 PM

    Kohli, RCB off the mark

    First ball and Kohli tucks Riley Meredith for a single to get RCB's innings going. Huge run up from Meredith, and that shows in his bowling speeds, beats Padikkal outside off.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 09:26 PM

    All set for the chase

    Kohli and Padikkal are set to begin RCB's chase. There isn't much dew at the moment, which bodes well for Punjab Kings. But that been said, they PBKS need early wickets of they are to defend this total.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 09:25 PM


    Relive Chris Gayle's 46 off 24 balls

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 09:22 PM

    IPL, Live, PBKS vs RCB: Interesting trivia, this

    Harshal Patel bowling the 20th over in IPL 2021

    3/1 vs MI

    1/9 vs SRH

    1/3 vs KKR

    2/7 vs RR

    0/37 vs CSK

    0/22 vs PBKS

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 09:20 PM

    Can Kohli counter Shami's challenge?

    Mohammed Shami has dismissed Virat Kohli four times in seven innings with the RCB batsman scoring just 44 runs off his India teammate's bowling. With Kohli set to open, PBKS will surely unleash Shami up front given his success against the RCB captain.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 09:18 PM

    Shahbaz says 180 is chaseable

    "It's a good wicket to bat on and the ball is sliding along nicely. There's no dew so far, but hopefully we get some dew later on. We did well to restrict Gayle as we took those wickets in the middle orders," the RCB all-rounder said.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 09:14 PM

    45 off last three

    Punjab Kings played this innings in four segments. Slow, fast, slow and fast again. The last three overs got them 45 runs which allowed them to inch towards 180. But, is this total enough against a side like RCB? A fascinating second innings awaits.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 09:12 PM

    SIX to finish things off, Punjab Kings post 179/5 in 20 overs

    Harpreet Brar finishes in style dispatching the final ball of the innings for a six over deep square leg. Punjab Kings get a decent total after those two last overs.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 09:10 PM

    IPL Live: FOUR! Can't stop, won't stop Rahul

    The third four of the over. Goes to his left and gets the ball fine, sweeping it over de Villiers. He moves to 90. Two balls left, can he get to his century?

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 09:08 PM

    FOUR, SIX: Rahul moves to 80

    Full ball from Harshal on Rahul's pads, and when you're of such class and been batting for as long as he has been, that ball had four written all over it. If that isn't enough, Rahul scoops the next ball for a six. What terrific timing. Unbelievable.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 09:06 PM

    Siraj to Rahul: FOUR

    PBKS believes as long as they have KL Rahul out in the middle. Slashes hard and gets an outside edge which flies for a four. A four to finish the over, which brings Punjab Kings 7. They move to 157/5 with one over to go.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 09:04 PM

    Tries to paddle, doesn't get it

    Siraj back in the attack and he starts the over tidy. Rahul tries to play the paddle but it doesn't come off. All he manages to get is a single.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 09:02 PM

    18 off the over from Harshal Patel

    An expensive over from RCB fast bowler Harshal Patel as KL Rahul finishes the over with a third boundary-hitting shot. The Punjab Kings captain moves to 71 off 51, taking the team total to 150/5. Two overs left in the innings. Harpreet Brar has moved to 17 off 11 balls.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 09:00 PM

    SIX: Harpreet Brar gets going

    Four and a six, Harpreet Brar gives Punjab Kings going. That's the first boundary in 40 balls. From five fours in six balls to no fours in 39 deliveries. Oh how fortunes can change in T20 cricket.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 08:50 PM

    RCB have come back in some style

    The RCB spinners are on a role. What can they conjure as the innings enters its final phase?

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 08:48 PM

    Five overs to go

    At one stage, Punjab Kings were looking at 200-plus, but wickets have fallen like dominos. And with five overs to go, the onus is now on their captain KL Rahul to go on and get a big one.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 08:45 PM

    Live, Another wicket for RCB

    OUT! Another one goes. Yuzvendra Chahal cleans up Shahrukh Khan for a duck. From 99/1, PBKS have slipped to 118/5, losing four wickets for 19 runs. What a comeback from RCB. It all began with that Gayle wicket and RCB are now at their ruthless best. Pressure mounts on Rahul as he runs out of partners.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 08:40 PM

    Another wicket, RCB roar back

    OUT! Another wicket goes down for PBKS as Hooda falls. Another failure for the batsman. Brilliant start from Shahbaz Ahmed, who strikes in his first over. Hooda tries to hoick the ball over the ropes but ends up being a simple catch for Rajat Patidar. PBKS are 4 down for 117 after 14 overs.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 08:32 PM

    OUT! Fourth duck for Pooran

    What is happening with Nicolas Pooran in IPL 2021. He is out for his fourth duck of the season after the ball takes the shoulder of his bat and goes to Shahbaz Ahmed at point. Things not happening for Nicholas Pooran. PBKS 107/3

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 08:32 PM

    100 up for Punjab Kings

    11 overs gone and Punjab Kings have reached 100/2. Brilliant recovery after they were kept quiet in the first four overs. Even though Gayle missed his half-century, he provided PBKS the impetus they needed. Surely, Punjab Kings must target 200 and more from here with nine overs to go.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 08:26 PM

    100 up for Punjab Kings

    11 overs gone and Punjab Kings have reached 100/2. Brilliant recovery after they were kept quiet in the first four overs. Even though Gayle missed his half-century, he provided PBKS the impetus they needed. Surely, Punjab Kings must target 200 and more from here with nine overs to go.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 08:24 PM

    WICKET! Gayle departs

    OUT! The short ball gets Gayle. He misses his fifty, goes for 46. Short ball dies the trick. Hurries on to Gayle, who tried to put it away on the leg side but manages a faint edge. The ball lobs in the air and AB de Villiers takes one of the simplest catches he's ever taken. PBKS 99/2.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 08:22 PM

    PBKS vs RCB Live: Sams to Rahul - SIX

    Rahul will take those gifts 24 hours a day. Full ball, outside off, in the slot and the mid off fielder is off. Rahul can dispatch those with his eyes closed. With eyes open, that would go for six 11 out of 10 times. Brilliant strokeplay this.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 08:20 PM

    Sams returns

    Need of the hour. After the last few overs went for some runs, RCB skipper Kohli has turned to Daniel Sams, who bowled a terrific opening spell.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 08:16 PM

    Rahul goes big again

    Strays it down legs and Rahul gives it the full toll. After Gayle, Rahul has switched gears to mount pressure on RCB. Chahal goes for 13 off his second after his first over yielded 15 runs. PBKS 83/1 after 9 overs.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 08:14 PM

    Chahal to Rahul: FOUR

    Gives himself some room and Rahul places the ball beautifully wide off the fielder at short third man for his third boundary of the innings.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 08:12 PM

    Chahal seeking answers

    Yuzvendra Chahal hasn't been at his wicket-taking best for RCB this season, but he has a big task at hand as he bowls to Gayle and Rahul tonight. He's slowed down his speeds in the second over. Can he make something happen?

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 08:10 PM

    50 partnership up for Gayle and Rahul

    Didn't Gayle just come out to bat? Well, that's what he does. The pair takes just 27 balls to bring up their 50-run partnership. Punjab Kings reach 70/1 after 8 overs.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 08:08 PM

    Harshal Patel to Rahul: FOUR

    Rahul says it's enough playing spectator. In comes Harshal Patel and the PBKS skipper dispatched the second ball of the over for a four.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 08:06 PM

    PBKS vs RCB, Live: Strategic time out taken

    RCB sure can do with a breather after how the last two overs panned out. The last two overs have accounted for 20 and 15 runs respectively, and enough to give PBKS a move on after their slow start in the first four overs.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 08:04 PM

    Chahal to Gayle: 6, 6

    Alright then. Chris Gayle is in the mood. After cracking five fours off Jamieson's last over, he takes on leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal for two sixes in the over. The first one was as flat as they come. The second, not so much as the ball sails over long-on for half a dozen. PBKS 64/1 after 7 overs.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 08:02 PM

    20 off the over from Jamieson

    Having given just 3 runs in his first over, Kyle Jamieson has leaked 20 off his second with Gayle hitting him for five fours in the over. PBKS 49/1 after 6 overs as the Powerplay concludes.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 08:00 PM

    Four 4s in a row

    Chris Gayle is putting on a show as he hammers Kyle Jamieson for four fours in a row. Gayle lofts two balls over the infield for two more fours in the over. Prithvi Shaw did it last night, hit six fours in an over. Gayle looks all set to become the third batsmen to do so in the IPL.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 07:58 PM

    Four more

    Back-to-back boundaries from Gayle. Slightly short of length and the Universe Boss threads it to the leg side for a second consecutive four.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 07:56 PM

    Jamieson to Gayle: FOUR

    There it comes, the first big shot of the evening from The Universe Boss. Lofts the ball and although it wasn't middled well, the ball goes for a four. Gayle is away, folks

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 07:54 PM

    Siraj to Rahul: FOUR

    Shot, that from Rahul. Too straight and full from Siraj and the Punjab Kings captain is too good a player to miss that one. Shows the full face of the bat to play a crisp straight drive and get himself a four.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 07:52 PM

    Change of ends for Siraj

    His first over went for 10, so Kohli makes Siraj bowl from the other end. Starts off with a dot ball, followed by a single as Rahul glides the ball to third man. Alright then, this brings Chris Gayle on strike.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 07:50 PM

    Jamieson keeps it tight

    A wicket followed by three dot balls. But just three runs off the over. Kyle Jamieson off to a fantastic start against PBKS. They are 21/1 after 4 overs.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 07:48 PM


    OUT! Jamieson strikes, Punjab Kings lose first wicket as Singh falls. PBKS 19/1. Prabhsimran tries to give himself room but top edges the ball in the air which lands safely in the hands of Virat Kohli. Right then, RCB strike early, which brings out Chris Gayle.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 07:46 PM

    Jamieson into the attack

    So just one over there for Mohammed Siraj, as he gets replaced by Kyle Jamieson. Begins with a rank half-volley and he must consider himself lucky that Rahul hit to Virat Kohli, who certainly saved a four there.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 07:45 PM

    Sams to Prabhsimran: FOUR

    One bounce and into the fence she goes. Prabhsimran has been looking to go after the bowlers and he connects. Not the best timing on that one but enough to take the ball almost for six. Rahul not too happy with the shot as the replay shows but he sure would be pleased with the end result there. PBKS 18/0 after 3 overs.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 07:42 PM

    Sams hitting the right line and length

    Daniel Sams returns for his second over and continues to land the ball in the perfect good-length area. Two dot balls and a single. Already, the swing seems to have disappeared and Rahul and Prabhsimran can get things going.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 07:40 PM

    Siraj to Rahul: SIX

    And the skipper is away. Short ball from Siraj and Rahul brings out the pull shot in style for the first six of the innings. The bat made a crunching sound, and the replay showed the ball connected the sweep spot. Two overs gone, PBKS 13/0

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 07:38 PM

    Just three off the first over

    Excellent start to the innings from Daniel Sams. There was pace, there was swing, enough to put doubt in the batsmen's mind as early as the first over. PBKS 3/0 after 1 over.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 07:34 PM

    IPL, Live PBKS vs RCB: PBKS and Rahul off the mark

    Swing on offer for left-arm pacer Sams. In the slot but Rahul is slightly circumspect and hits the ball straight to mid-off for a single. Slip comes out to midwicket. Prabhsimran on strike and the ball viciously swings back into the right-hander. Another single taken.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 07:32 PM

    A Yorker to start proceedings

    Full, straight and on the money. Daniel Sams starts the innings with a yorker. Dead on, spot on. Rahul got his bat down in time, losing his balance a little. Great, great Start. Makes the next ball jag back in slightly. The first two balls already posing questions.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 07:30 PM

    Still no Gayle as opener

    Well, it seemed for a moment that with Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle would open the innings with KL Rahul. But surprise, surprise, it's Mayank's replacement, Prabhsimran Singh who has walked out to open for PBKS along with his skipper. Daniel Sams to bowl the first over for RCB.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 07:28 PM

    What if Punjab Kings lose this game?

    If Punjab Kings go on to lose against RCB, it will put them in quite a predicament. They would need to win at least six games out of the remaining seven after this to have a shot at Playoffs. Needless to say, how other teams perform will also have a role decide PBKS' fate.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 07:24 PM

    Captain Kohli delivers a little pep talk to his men

    Virat Kohli's speeches are one of the best motivators one can look up to. His stirring speech ahead of RCB's IPL 2021 opener was quite something and although we can't hear them anymore, expect captain Kohli to fire up his army only in the manner he can.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 07:20 PM

    Gayle or Maxwell? Who will fire against their previous side

    It was during his tenure with Royal Challengers Bangalore that Chris Gayle made a name for himself in the IPL and went on to become one of the most destructive batsmen in the league. Similarly, Glenn Maxwell became the Big Show in the IPL for his performances for Punjab Kings. However, today, both players are playing for different teams, opposite a team they have earlier represented. Who will have the laugh... Gayle or Maxwell?

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 07:16 PM

    RCB Playing XI vs PBKS

    1 Virat Kohli, 2 Devdutt Padikkal, 3 Rajat Patidar, 4 Glenn Maxwell, 5 AB de Villiers, 6 Shahbaz Ahmed, 7 Daniel Sams, 8 Kyle Jamieson, 9 Harshal Patel, 10 Mohammed Siraj, 11 Yuzvendra Chahal

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 07:12 PM

    Punjab Kings Playing XI vs RCB

    1 Chris Gayle, 2 KL Rahul, 3 Deepak Hooda, 4 Nicholas Pooran, 5 Prabhsimran Singh, 6 Shahrukh Khan, 7 Chris Jordan, 8 Harpreet Brar, 9 Ravi Bishnoi, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Riley Meredith

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 07:08 PM

    Captain's Corner

    Virat Kohli: More confident now, we gonna bowl first. So the game last night, short boundary on one side. The pitch was two paced last night, so we want to bowl first. Shahbaz comes in for Sundar looking at the composition of their side. Even when you win games, you need to rectify stuff. We have stepped in with six or seven bowling options each game, so that gives me a lot of comfort and space. The bowlers have been on their mark, all credit to them.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 07:04 PM

    TOSS: Kohli's RCB elects to bowl against PBKS

    One change for RCB: Shahbaz Ahmed comes in for Washington Sundar. Punjab Kings make three chances. Moises Henriques, Arshdeep Singh and Mayank Agarwal are out. Riley Meredith, Prabhsimran Singh and Harpreet Brar are in.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 06:55 PM

    PBKS's Predicted XI vs RCB

    Time is running out for the Punjab Kings, and making some tough decision is the need of the hour. Click here to find out the Probable XI of Punjab Kings against RCB tonight.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 06:50 PM

    RCB's Predicted XI vs PBKS

    Even though RCB won their previous contest, do not rule out the possibility of Kohli fielding a different Playing XI. With Patidar and Shahbaz Ahmed failing to make it count, RCB might hand debut to a promising domestic batsman, who made headlines not too long ago. Click here to read RCB's Probable XI against PBKS tonight.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 06:46 PM

    PBKS vs RCB: Head-to-head

    It's been a pretty up and down rivalry over the years between the two teams. PBKS won the first three games before RCB responded with four straight wins. The Kings peeled off five straight wins and Bangalore levelled it up with four of their own. But last year's double, where Rahul broke the record for the highest individual score by an Indian, has given Preity Zinta's side a slight edge. They lead RCB 14 games to 12 in the 26 matches played so far.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 06:40 PM

    Can Harshal maintain historic run?

    Death bowling has been RCB's biggest problem over the years and coming into the season, they didn't seem to have solve that riddle. Enter Harshal Patel, whose brilliant over against MI helped RCB in a last-ball chase. And although he lost his head when Sir Jadeja put him to the sword, the season rebounded with 2/34 against the Delhi Capitals. That put him well on course to break his teammate Yuzvendra Chahal's record for the highest wickets by an uncapped Indian in a single IPL season.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 06:35 PM

    Hooda hunting for lost form

    When Deepak Hooda hammered his highest IPL score in Punjab's season opener, it seems the PBKS had given Nicholas Pooran the cushion to play the finisher's role. However, six games later, neither batsmen in thriving in any role. Hooda has managed a highest score of 22 not out in the last four innings and scored just over a run-a-ball. With the season approaching its half-way stage, another failure might just see Pooran promoted back to No. 4, where he has a strike-rate of nearly 180 in IPL.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 06:30 PM

    RCB look to avoid hat-trick of defeats to PBKS

    The resilient Royal Challengers Bangalore saw off a late surge from the Delhi Capitals to earn their third final-over win this season. They have score to settle from last season, where they lost both encounters in the UAE in IPL 2020.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 06:25 PM

    PBKS need to get their act together before it's too late

    The Punjab Kings continued to struggle with the bat as KKR pounced on them to move out of last place. KL Rahul and company now have the three lowest first-innings total this season and are once again well off a place in the Playoffs at the moment. A win tonight promises to go a long way as Punjab Kings try and reduce the deficit between them and other teams.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 06:20 PM

    Washington Sundar needs to deliver

    Washington Sundar has been given enough chances in this IPL, but the player is yet to show any improvement with the bat. From six games, Sundar batted in four innings but could stand only for 47 balls from those 4 outings. Sundar has batted with the SR of 65.95 in this IPL – lowest among 55 batsmen who have faced 30-plus balls in 2021.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 06:15 PM

    Some interesting nuggets from tonight's match

    Chris Gayle is 6 catches away from completing 100 catches across T20s.

    Moises Henriques is 1 catch away from completing 100 catches across T20s.

    Riley Meredith is 1 wicket away from completing 50 wickets across T20s.

    Virat Kohli is 106 runs away from completing 10,000 runs across T20s.

    Glenn Maxwell is 103 runs away from completing 7,000 runs across T20s.

    Mohammed Siraj is 4 wickets away from completing 100 wickets across T20s

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 06:10 PM

    Mohammed Siraj a five-for away from 50 IPL wickets

    RCB pacer Mohammed Siraj is five wickets away from competing 50 IPL wickets. He started his IPL career in 2017 playing for the Sunrisers Hyderabad, where he picked up 10 wickets from six games. The next season, in 2018, Siraj joined RCB and has since picked up 35 wickets from as many matches.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 06:05 PM

    PBKS will be hoping for a repeat for Rahul classic

    Three half-centuries for the PBKS skipper so far. Can he go on to make a big one tonight? Punjab Kings would surely be hoping for it.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 06:00 PM

    Will Syed Mushtaq Ali star Mohammed Azharuddeen get a look-in for RCB?

    It was in January early this year that 27-year-old Mohammed Azharuddeen smashes the second-fastest century in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, off 37 balls. And yet surprisingly, he fails to find a spot in RCB's Playing XI. Against PBKS, Azharuddeen could be a strong contender to make it to RCB's XI in place of Rajat Patidar, although he may bat a bit lower, which allows the likes of de Villiers and Glenn Maxwell to face some more balls.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 05:55 PM

    Shami five strikes away for impressive achievement for PBKS

    Fast bowler Mohammed Shami is 4 wickets away from completing 50 wickets in IPL for Punjab Kings. Having joined the franchise in 2019, Shami picked up 19 wickets that season and followed it with 20 the previous year to go with seven strikes already in 2021. He has played 34 matches for the franchise.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 05:50 PM

    IPL 2021, PBKS vs RCB: All geared up for the Rahul vs Kohli battle

    Last IPL, KL Rahul sizzled with a brilliant century against RCB, during which Kohli dropped his India teammates not once, but twice in two overs. This led to a banter between the two players during a Facebook Live session. A season later, both captains find themselves at the opposite end of the tunnel. While Kohli has scored one fifty this season, Rahul has three. Who will win tonight's battle of the two captains?

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 05:45 PM

    Shami peaking early for PBKS

    There were plenty of uncertainties regarding Mohammed Shami's match form and fitness ahead of IPL 2021, and rightly so given how he hadn't played competitive cricket since December of last year. However, the Punjab Kings pacer has shown tremendous form and fitness. He has taken seven wickets at an average of 24.14 and economy of 7.68. He has been phenomenal for PBKS in the death overs, with an economy of 9.25 and strike rate of 8 between overs 17 to 20.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 05:40 PM

    On the contrary, AB de Villiers has been unstoppable

    For a man who hasn't played any form of competitive cricket, AB de Villiers's scores in IPL 2021 read: 48, 1, 76*, 4 and 75. Guess that's why they call him a freak. And this is when he mostly bats at No. 4 for RCB. De Villiers' stunning form early in the season could be a sign of bigger and greater things to come for RCB, who are looking good to capture their maiden IPL title.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 05:35 PM

    Mayank Agarwal needs to convert his starts

    Barring a score of 69, Mayank Agarwal's form has been a bit of a worry for Punjab Kings. He has gotten starts in the last three games, as scores of 22, 25 and 31 suggest, but he hasn't been able to carry on from there, leaving Rahul and Chris Gayle with too much to do. Mayank coming good can allow Rahul and Gayle to work their game without much pressure, but RCB will make sure they try and keep the opening batsmen quiet.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 05:30 PM

    Can PBKS stop the RCB juggernaut?

    This year, RCB have gotten off to their best start in the history of the IPL. They began the season on a triumphant note winning four matches in a row before Chennai Super Kings ended their winning streak. The blip however did not break RCB's momentum, as Kohli's team returned to win the next two matches. On the other hand PBKS' campaign couldn't have been more different. They won their opening match before losing three on the trot. A win and a loss followed against Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders respectively as Rahul's team continues to look for answers.

  • Fri, 30 Apr 2021 05:21 PM

    IPL 2021 PBKS vs RCB, Live Updates

    Dear readers, a warm hello and welcome to the live coverage of the IPL 2021 Match No. 26 which pits Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore against Punjab Kings, led by KL Rahul. On current form, this is a mismatch of sorts, with RCB showing red-hot form to be placed second on the points-table, a stark contrast to their oppositions for Thursday. PBKS are once again struggling for form early in the tournament and with two wins from six games are placed sixth. The battle between Kohli and Rahul will be on tonight. Can PBKS conjure something special or will the RCB juggernaut continue? Let's find out.

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