New Delhi. Virat Kohli’s team Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Punjab Kings by 6 runs in the IPL-2021 match on Sunday. With this win, Bangalore also secured a place in the playoffs. In Sharjah, Bangalore scored 164 runs in the stipulated 20 overs for the loss of 7 wickets. After this the Punjab team could score only 158 runs losing 6 wickets.
Chasing the target of 165 runs, captain KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal gave a strong start to Punjab. Both added 91 runs for the first wicket. This partnership was broken by Shahbaz Ahmed, when Rahul was caught by Harshal Patel. Rahul scored 39 runs in 35 balls with the help of 1 four and 2 sixes. Then Yuzvendra Chahal got Nicholas Pooran (3) caught by Devdutt. Punjab’s third wicket fell on the team score of 114 when Mayank (57) was caught by Siraj on Chahal’s ball. Mayank hit 6 fours and 2 sixes in his innings of 42 balls.
Earlier, Maxwell hit 3 fours and 4 sixes in his 33-ball innings. Apart from him, young opener Devdutt Padikkal contributed 40 runs. For Punjab, Mohammed Shami took 3 wickets in the last over while Henriques also got 3 wickets. During this, Australian all-rounder Maxwell hit a long six of 97 meters on spinner Ravi Bishnoi. Maxwell hit two consecutive sixes in the 15th over of the innings. The second ball of this over of Bishnoi was played by Maxwell over deep mid-wicket and straight on the road outside the stadium. On the next ball, he hit a six at long on.
In the match, RCB captain Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to bat first. Virat and Devdutt Padikkal gave the team a quick start and added 68 runs in 9.3 overs. However, Henriques broke this partnership in the 10th over of the innings. He bowled Virat Kohli (25) on the fourth ball and then on the very next ball, Daniel Christian (0) was caught by Sarfaraz Khan.
Maxwell and AB de Villiers then added 73 runs for the fourth wicket. AB (23) was run out by Sarfaraz Khan. He hit 1 four and 2 sixes in 18 balls. In the last over of the innings, Shami again showed amazing and sent 3 batsmen to the pavilion. Maxwell was caught by Sarfaraz Khan on the second ball. Shahbaz Ahmed (8) was bowled on the fourth ball and then on the very next ball, George Garten (0) was also bowled and sent to the pavilion.