Put on a bat, the Punjab were in one place of worries at one stage, but Rahul’s perseverance, the powerful hitting of Chris Gale (46) and Brahr’s energy (25) provided the racing 179 for five on board.
Rahul and Gayle shared a stand of 80 starts, but the midfield of Punjab collapsed, as Brar, beating number 7, was the only other batsman who managed to manage a double-digit result.
Rahul and Brar then added 61 tracks for the unbeaten eighth wicket to save the country after RCB bowlers took the lead after Gail’s dismissal in the 11th. Rahul hit seven fours and five sixes with 57 balls, while Brahr took 17 balls for his 25, who had two sixes and fours.
The victory put Punjab (6) in fifth place behind the Mumbai Indians (6) in the sixth-place points table, while RCB (10) remained in third place.
The Fire Magic by Riley Meredith (1/29) and Mohamed Shami (1/28) meant that RCB had started a smooth start, as they could only win 36 tracks from Powerplay overs.
The 24-year-old Australian pacer was constantly testing RCB’s opening devices and eventually uprooted Devdut Padikal’s (7) stumps after being hit for a six at the wrong moment by a left-hander.
Koli, who was hit in the right elbow by his compatriot Shami, and Rajat Patidar kept the dashboard ticking, as the shooting was not easy against the disciplined bonjars in Punjab.
In the middle, RCB were only 62 for two, and to make matters worse, left-handed spinner Brar cleared Cowley and Maxwell with consecutive deliveries in the 11th. The bowling in Punjab came back and sent back the dangerous De Villiers (3) to let RCB gasp at 69 for four in a 12.1 over.
From then on, it stopped being a race, as the required speed continued to rise.
Earlier, the duo of Daniel Sams and Mohamed Siraj initially cast spells to keep the Punjab gang on a tight leash without allowing them to open their arms.
Prabhsimran Singh, who played in the place of the injured Mayank Agarwal, couldn’t contribute much, scoring run-ball 7. Rahul looked good, touching the ball elegantly, but the run didn’t go at a good pace for the country until Gale exploded.
The West Indies player made five fours, including four in a row, in the last part of Powerplay, fired by Jamieson. He followed this with two sixes Yuzvendra sighed in the next, the first being a flat maximum. The performances were thick and fast, increasing the speed of the run, but Gail couldn’t turn that into a big blow.
Jamieson got rid of the Caribbean marauder by grabbing him from behind. The dismissal was soft when the sharp short ball touched Gail’s gloves and reached AB de Villiers’ hands.
Kiwi’s high bowling also got rid of Nicholas Puran (0), while Deepak Huda (5) and Shahruk Khan (0) also returned to the pavilion for a moment.
Rahul, who was losing one partner after another, ended his half-century with a single when the big shots dried up again. The last Punjab 22 ran with Rahul, who hit Harshal Patel for two fours and sixes before Brar closed the inning with six more.