IPL 2021 – Virat Kohli not too happy with Harshal Patel’s bowling at death: Virat Kohli was not a happy man on Friday evening as Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) were shocked by Punjab Kings (PBKS) on Friday evening by 34 runs. Kohli was clearly peeved and disappointed by Harshal Patel’s bowling in the death overs.
PBKS beat RCB: Harshal Patel’s poor show at the death
- In the last four overs, Punjab Kings scored 53 runs
- Patel gave away 22 in the last over
- KL Rahul and Harpreet Brar smashed Harshal Patel and PBKS inning ended on a high
- 40 runs came off Harshal’s final two overs
- Earlier against CSK Harshal Patel gave away 37 runs in his last over.
“They got off to a decent start and we pulled things back decently. Probably gave away 25 too much at the end, should have been chasing 160. Had a chat around executing our plans, which we did, but at the end we strayed away,”Kohli told host broadcaster Star Sports after the match.
PBKS beat RCB: Chris Gayle and Rahul fired with the bat before Harpreet Brar and Ravi Bishnoi picked three and two wickets each to help Punjab Kings register a thumping 34-run win over RCB.
Chris Gayle had blasted five fours in six balls before KL Rahul changed gears in the death overs to steer Punjab Kings to 179/5. In reply, RCB was only able to score 145/8, thanks to a brilliant bowling performance from Harpreet and Bishnoi.
“With the bat, we never got the momentum, they bowled well, to be honest. Just kept the pressure going. But as batsmen as well we could have tried more things at the start. It was tough to hit through the line,” said Kohli.
“It was about making a partnership and making sure you’re there to keep getting the boundaries, bat at a strike rate of at least 110. We didn’t manage to do that,” he added.
PBKS beat RCB: Harpreet unlikely hero for Punjab Kings
Harpreet picked three key wickets for Punjab Kings as he dismissed Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, and AB de Villiers after shining with the bat. The side collapsed from 62/1 to 69/4 and lost a flurry of wickets at the back end of their innings.
“We understand the areas where we lost momentum. The composition of our team is such that someone like Rajat, if you see the last game, controlled the game for us. We give him that freedom and sometimes it doesn’t work out,” said Kohli.
“Maxi and AB at 4 and 5 have worked well for us, when there’s a partnership early, one of them will come off. Didn’t work today but Rajat’s a quality player. A bit of a positive at the end, pulled things back nicely. Harshal and Jamo struck a few at the end. A loss off 60-65 would’ve hurt more,” he added.
RCB is now at the third spot with 10 points and will next lock horns with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Monday.
IPL 2021 Teams Points Table
|1||Chennai Super Kings||6||5||1||1.475||10|
|3||Royal Challengers Bangalore||7||5||2||-0.171||10|
|6||Kolkata Knight Riders||7||2||5||-0.494||4|