Punjab Kings defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by 34 runs on Friday due to skipper Lokesh Rahul’s unbeaten 91 and slick bowling of left-arm spinner Harpreet Brar. Playing at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Punjab scored a challenging score of 179 for five in 20 overs, but in response Bangalore were able to score 145 for eight. Punjab batsman Nicholas Puran could not open an account again in this match. Immediately after catching fast bowler Kyle Jamison in the hands of Shahbaz Ahmed, Puran got an undeserved record.
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In fact, Nicholas Pooran is a joint number-one batsman who is often out-dumped in any IPL. Pooran has returned to the Pavilion four times in IPL-211 without opening an account. Before him, this embarrassing record was added to the names of Harshal Gibbs, Mithun Manhas, Manish Pandey and Shikhar Dhawan. Nicholas Pooran has scored 0, 0, 9, 0, 19 and 0 in the season.
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After losing the toss, Punjab were forced to bat first. For the team, skipper KL Rahul played an impressive innings of 91 off 57 balls with seven fours and five sixes and led his team to a challenging score of 179. Rahul scored 22 runs in his last over of Herschel Patel’s innings. Kyle Jamison took two wickets for Bangalore while Daniel Symes, Yuvvendra Chahal and Shahbaz Ahmed took one wicket each. Chasing a target, Virat Kohli scored 35 runs for Bangalore. Punjab spinner Harpreet Brar took three wickets for 19 runs. He was named Man of the Match for his amazing bowling.