Harshal Patel had another bad day at the office as the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) pacer was thumped for 53 runs off his four overs against the Punjab Kings (PBKS). KL Rahul punished his former employers once again, this time by smashing an unbeaten 91* as they finished with a total of 179-5.
Harshal Patel was traded in from the Delhi Capitals by RCB in the IPL 2021 trade window. He was recognized as the flag-bearer of RCB's death bowling plans and it worked wonders as he is currently the highest wicket-taker in the tournament so far with 17 scalps to his name.
However, in the game against the Chennai Super Kings, Harshal Patel was smashed for 51 runs, including 37 in an over by Ravindra Jadeja. The 30-year-old was then taken to the cleaners by Rahul and his men and Patel looked completely out of ideas once PBKS attacked him.
Twitter trolls Harshal Patel for another dismal outing
RCB fans were disappointed with the way Harshal Patel bowled as he didn't make much use of his variations. While some believe the pacer will come back stronger, others trolled him and feel he is just another average bowler. Here's how Twitter reacted to PBKS's batting:
KL Rahul stood tall while wickets were falling around him. The PBKS skipper remains unbeaten against RCB for the third time in a row and seems to love batting against them. His innings has put PBKS in a strong position as 180 will not be a straightforward target for RCB to chase down.
The big guns like Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers will need to fire as questions remain over RCB's batting depth. PBKS are wary of this fact and will be gunning for wickets upfront.
Has Harshal Patel's spell cost RCB the game? Or do they have the batting firepower to chase down 180? Only time will tell.