Royal Challengers Bangalore and Punjab Kings are up against each other in the 48th match of the Indian Premier League 2021 in Sharjah. RCB are looking to seal a playoff berth with a win while PKBS needs to win this game to stay alive in the competition.
Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bat first. He named an unchanged playing XI for this game. KL Rahul, on the other hand, made three changes in their team that won against Kolkata Knight Riders. Fabian Allen, Nathan Ellis and Deepak Hooda made way for Harpreet Brar, Sarfaraz Khan and Moises Henriques.
Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal took RCB to a flying start and scored 55 runs inside the powerplay. Both batsmen got early reprieve during the over of Ravi Bishnoi when KL Rahul spilt chances. Padikkal in particular was batting with intent and scored 34 runs in the powerplay. Both added 68 runs for the first wicket before Kohli got out. Daniel Christian, batting at 3, got out for a golden duck.
Moises Henriques was the man with the golden arm and he dismissed well-set Padikkal as well. Glenn Maxwell, however, was in the mood to punish PBKS bowlers. He scored a flamboyant fifty in just 29 balls. AB de Villiers played a handy cameo of 23 runs. Maxwell got out after scoring 57 runs in 33 balls where he scored three fours and four sixes. RCB managed to score 164/7 in 20 overs.
In response, KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal, as usual, took their team to a good start. The duo scored 49 runs in the powerplay and shared 91 runs for the opening wicket. Rahul got out after scoring 39 runs. Nicholas Pooran’s poor form continued as he got out after scoring 3 runs.
Yuzvendra Chahal bowled beautifully and dismissed Mayank Agarwal (57) and Sarfaraz Khan in his final over to put RCB in the driver’s seat. Aiden Markram tried hard but score only 20 runs and got out to George Garton. Mohammed Siraj and Harshal Patel bowled tight overs at death and prevailed RCB with a six-run victory. Virat Kohli’s team sealed the third playoff berth.
As soon as RCB registered win over PBKS, Virat Kohli looked pumped up and enjoyed the moment as his team secured the third berth of the playoffs of the IPL 2021. This is the second straight season when RCB made it to the playoffs.
See how Twitter reacted to this moment;
— Salvador Vaz (@salvador_070707) October 3, 2021
— _deepak.jain1827 (@Deepakjain1827) October 3, 2021
I'm very happy for him 😊
He gets what he deserve hope this time @RCBTweets will win #IPL for his captain @imVkohli
Who has his last season as a captain of @RCBTweets#RCBvPBKS #RCB #PlayBold #ViratKohli #kingkohli #IPLinUAE pic.twitter.com/0SzCr7I4bw
— Modi Anoop (@ModiAnoop1) October 3, 2021
— Bhushan Khiladi (@Bhushanadhau1) October 3, 2021
— Naseem Akram (@naseemakram100) October 3, 2021
— RCB Army Telugu™ (@RCBTeluguArmy) October 3, 2021
Appreciation tweet for virat kohli the captain, he's been brilliant with bowling changes throughout the season & specially in the second leg dragged the game back everytime, high time this team wins it for the man who's given his all to this franchise. 👑❤️ pic.twitter.com/AIDdZZN7ii
— shakti (@weirdly_myselff) October 3, 2021