The 26th match of the Indian Premier League 2021 is being played between Punjab Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Narendra Modi Stadium.
Having won the toss and chose to bowl first, Royal Challengers Bangalore bowlers backed Virat Kohli’s decision. They restricted Punjab Kings to the score of 179, which at once looked over 200. Chris Gayle (46 off 24), Harpreet Brar (25 off 17) and KL Rahul (91* off 57) were the biggest contributors for them.
Riley Meredith Bowled Out Devdutt Padikkal
Riley Meredith has been bowling like a high-speed train with speed up to 145 kmph and had almost trapped Virat Kohli in the first over but he was saved by the inside edge. He then proved to be an expensive bowler in the rest of the over.
Meredith returned after Mohammad Shami bowled the second over and picked up Paddikal after he could only manage to score 7 runs off 6 balls in the third over. Meredith has destroyed the off stump of the young opener. He had been clocking high speeds from ball one, so it was probably the wrong call from Padikkal to charge at the Aussie.
Virat Kohli, who was at non-striker’s end also looked confused and disappointed with the shot selection of the young opener.
Devdutt Padikkal has been a reliable steady batsman of Royal Challengers Bangalore and his wicket comes an early loss to RCB who are chasing a massive target of 180 runs against PBKS, a team that right now has an almost on-point bowling attack.
It is Royal Challengers Bangalore’s seventh match in the ongoing season of the IPL. They have been fantastic this year, winning five of their six matches. Their only defeat came against Chennai Super Kings. They are currently placed at the third spot in the points table with 10 points in their account and will make a quick jump to the first spot, if wins today’s match.