Ahmedabad/UNI: Fantastic performances by KL Rahul (91 off 57) and Harpreet Brar (3/19) led Punjab Kings to a 34 run win over Royal Challengers Bangalore in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match, here on Friday.
Put into bat, skipper KL Rahul's unbeaten fifty (91 off 57) propelled Punjab Kings to 179/5 in 20 overs.
Rahul’s biggest partnership of the innings was with Chris Gayle (46 off 24) as the pair added 80 off 45 deliveries. However, Punjab's middle order collapsed as Harpreet Brar was the only other batsman to manage a double-digit score.
The duo of Rahul and Brar added 61 runs for the unbeaten eighth wicket to take Punjab to a competitive total.
For RCB, Kyle Jamieson (2/32 ) was the most successful bowler for RCB, while Daniel Sams (1/24), Yuzvendra Chahal (1/34) and Shahbaz Ahmed (1/11) took one wicket each.
During the chase, Punjab Kings were off to a great start as Riley Meredith cleaned up Devdutt Padikkal.
Left-arm spinner Brar then produced an exceptional spell, dismissing AB de Villiers, Glenn Maxwell, and Virat Kohli in two successive overs as Punjab restricted RCB to 145 for 8 in 20 overs.
Virat Kohli (35), Rajat Patidar (31) and Harshal Patel were the main scorers for RCB.
Ravi Bishnoi (2/17), Riley Meredith (1/24) and Chris Jordon (1/31) were the other wicket takers for Punjab.
The win propelled Punjab to fifth place behind Mumbai Indians in the points table, while RCB (10) remained at number three.
Punjab Kings: 179 for 5 in 20 overs (KL Rahul 91 not out, C Gayle 46; Kyle Jamieson 2/32).
Royal Challengers Bangalore: 145 for 8 in 20 overs (Virat Kohli 35; Harmeet Brar 3/19).