Chris Gayle (53), of course, did not play like the ‘Universe Boss’ but his return has brought the winning promise to the team. Captain Lokesh Rahul (61 *) is already an Orange Cap holder. Punjab defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by eight wickets on Thursday. This is Punjab’s second-lowest win in eight matches at the bottom, and both have won against Bangalore. After dramatic ups and downs, Punjab won by Puran’s six off the last ball, till then, the faces of the players including the coach Anil Kumble, who were sitting in the dugout, were also showing concern. The team was losing by five matches.
Earlier, Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to bat first. Royal Challengers Bangalore had scored 171 for 6 from an innings of 25 not out off 8 balls from captain Virat Kohli (48 runs) and Chris Maurice. Punjab chased down the target, the team scored 177 runs for two wickets. Mayank Agarwal hit a 45-run knock and added 78 runs with Rahul on the first wicket.
Punjab should have won this match earlier when they needed 11 runs in the last three overs. Maurice and Udana had nine runs in two overs. Chahal then needed two runs to win in the final over, but Gayle was unable to score from the first two balls, Atishi shot on the third ball but fielder Padikkal was allowed to take a run. The fourth ball did not run again. Chris Gayle was runout off the fifth ball. Now a run was needed to win the final ball and Puran gave the win without any pressure.
This is the ninth time a batsman has won by hitting a six. Before this, Rohit Sharma has done this three times. Dhoni, Sourav Tiwari, James Franklin, Bravo, Mitchell Santner have done so.
Shami (2/45) gave a double blow to Bangalore by Kohli in the 18th over until Kohli changed the gear, not only him but de Villiers as well. De Villiers was caught by two runs to Hooda while Kohli missed the half-century by two runs. His 39-ball innings ended with a brilliant catch by Rahul.
Earlier, Bangalore scored 57 for one wicket in the Powerplay. The team had scored 83 runs for two wickets in ten overs. Devdutt Padikkal (18) and Finch (20) had returned to the pavilion. Punjab captain Lokesh Rahul handed the ball to the spinners in the sixth over. In such a situation, Bangalore replaced AB de Villiers (02) in sixth place instead of fourth. In his place, Washington Sundar contributed 13 and Shivam Dubey contributed 23 runs. Punjab spinners conceded just 48 runs from the sixth over to the 13th over. Dubey reduced run pressure by hitting two consecutive sixes over Ravi Vishnoi. In this 15th over of the innings, 19 runs were scored. Dubey shared a 41-run partnership with Kohli for the fourth wicket with 23 off 19 balls.