IPL: Bangalore beat Punjab in a thrilling match, Virat Kohli's team reached the playoffs


Virat Kohli's team Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday confirmed a place in the playoffs of IPL-2021. In the match played in Sharjah, RCB defeated Punjab Kings by 6 runs. Bangalore scored 164 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in the stipulated 20 overs thanks to brilliant innings of 57 runs from all-rounder Glenn Maxwell. After this, despite the half-century of Mayank Agarwal (57), the Punjab team could only manage 158 runs for the loss of 6 wickets. RCB spinner Yuzvendra Chahal took 3 wickets while performing amazingly.

Thus Bangalore became the third team of the season to qualify for the playoffs. Before that, 3-time champions Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals team have made it to the playoffs with 18-18 points. RCB now has a total of 16 points from 8 wins in 12 matches. At the same time, Punjab suffered 8th defeat in 13 matches and is now at number 5. Now it has become very difficult for him to qualify for the playoffs.


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 was caught by Siraj on Chahal's ball. Mayank hit 6 fours and 2 sixes in his innings of 42 balls.


For Punjab, Aiden Markram contributed 20, Shahrukh Khan 16, and Henriques contributed 12 not out. Yuzvendra Chahal was the most successful for Bangalore, who took 3 wickets for 29 runs in 4 overs. George Garten and Shahbaz Ahmed got 1-1 wickets.

Earlier, RCB captain Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to bat first. Maxwell made a brilliant performance and scored a half-century and helped Bangalore to make a good score. He hit 3 fours and 4 sixes in his innings of 33 balls. 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.

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