Punjab Kings skipper KL Rahul praised young spinner Harpreet Brar who played with both bat and ball as PBKS beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 34 points in IPL Game 26 2021 at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
In what was a must-have draw for Punjab to keep their chances alive in the tournament, Brar took a three-wicket hit (4-1-19-3) which included prized scalps from Virat Kohli, Ab de Villiers and Glenn Maxwell to tame Bangalore’s famous batting lineup.
IPL 2021: Rahul and Brar shine as Punjab beats Bangalore by 34 points
“We were preparing Brar. On a pitch like this, we felt like we needed a spinner that could hit hard. He did just that and hit really well in the end too. I’m young myself. – same, but I tried to talk to the boys and pass on any experience I have of IPL and international cricket.
“They are fortunate to have a huge talent and we have to prepare them for the situations and the pressures they would face in the middle as a captain and support staff. It makes me and the support staff really very happy. There is nothing specific against RCB, but all the matches against them have been essential matches for us because of their arrival in the tournament, ”said Rahul.
The skipper himself led ahead with a brilliant 57 91 balls to grab Shikhar Dhawan’s orange cap.
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“It was important for me to lead forward and that’s what I try to do in every game. When I have the opportunity to pressure bowlers and set goals, I try to do it to the best of my ability. good today, ”said the Punjab skipper.
Striking first, the Punjab started off slow but gained momentum when Chris Gayle smashed a crucial 24-ball 46 and laid the groundwork for a late bloomer.
“There is a lot of writing about Gayle, his age and if he should play. But I know as a captain the impact he has when he comes out is huge. I played with him for 7 -8 years old and he He keeps improving. He beats at three, which he has never done in his career, but he will do it for the team. Chris is. He puts the pressure on me at the top, ”Rahul said.
Player of the match for his brilliant performance, Brar said he would cherish Kohli’s wicket.
“I’m from the Moga District. I’m sure the people back home would be proud and happy. I wasn’t overwhelmed when Kohli hit me because a bowler always has a second chance to come back. My first IPL counter was Kohli. Paaji ticket office and it was very special. It came out in a stream after that, your body opens up, you have confidence in yourself and things fall into place, ”Brar said.
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With the bat too, Brar made a significant contribution by scoring an unbeaten 25 of 17 balls and helping his team post a competitive total.
“When I came out at bat, I had time to wait a few hours. Rahul bhai also told me about the conditions and shots I could play, ”he said.
-Kohli thinks about the loss-
Losing skipper Virat Kohli said his team gave extra runs towards the end after having the Punjab on the ropes.
Bangalore is organizing a comeback by reducing Punjab to 116/5 but Rahul and Harpreet Brar have come up with late fireworks.
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“They got off to a good start, but we fell back a bit after five tries. I should have chased 160 points, but we gave 25 points at the end. We focused too much on what the hitters were doing. are far from the situation. our plans. We gave too many bad balls for the limits, “Kohli said.
In response, Bangalore failed to get off to a good start and the lack of momentum at the top put pressure on the middle order.
“As batsmen we could have tried different things from the start. It was hard to cross the line. It was about trying to get a partnership and have a strike rate of over 110. We weren’t able to do that as a batting, just a few small adjustments we need to make going forward.
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“There are areas that we need to improve. The makeup of our team is such that we give him (Patidar) the freedom to play at number 3. It’s situational (batting order), it’s a good one. balance for our batting roster Rajat is a quality player, just that tonight was not his night, ”added the Bangalore skipper.