Another gripping encounter unfolded as the Punjab Kings faced off against the Royal Challengers Bengaluru, and once again, it turned out to be a nail-biting affair. In the end, despite our best efforts, Royal Challengers Bengaluru emerged victorious by 4 wickets. While the result is disappointing, we can't fault the determination and hard work shown by our Shers. This setback is just a part of the game, and we are confident that we will bounce back stronger in our next match.

In this game, the RCB skipper, Faf du Plessis, asked us to bat first. We got off to an ideal start with Shikhar Dhawan smashing a boundary off the first ball. Jonny Bairstow also looked promising, hitting two boundaries before being dismissed by Mohammed Siraj. Prabhsimran Singh displayed intent with a quickfire 25 off just 17 balls, while Dhawan played a solid innings, contributing 45 runs. Liam Livingstone showed glimpses of good form, but we encountered some trouble in the middle overs.

However, a vital partnership of 52 runs between Sam Curran and Jitesh Sharma helped us regain momentum. Despite losing both set batters, Shashank Singh's brisk 21 off 8 balls pushed our total to 176 runs.

The start of Royal Challengers Bengaluru's chase was challenging for us, with Virat Kohli scoring 16 runs off the first over. However, Kagiso Rabada struck back by dismissing Faf du Plessis. Although Kohli looked threatening, Rabada sent Cameron Green back to the pavilion early. 

Rajat Patidar posed a brief threat, but Harpreet Brar turned the tide by removing both Patidar and Maxwell in quick succession. Brar's outstanding bowling, conceding just 13 runs in his 4 overs, applied pressure on RCB.

Just when Kohli seemed to take control, Harshal Patel dismissed him, and Sam Curran removed RCB's previous match hero, Anuj Rawat, for 11 runs. At this point, we were in a favorable position. However, RCB's impact player, Mahipal Lomror and Dinesh Karthik, counterattacked and sealed the win with 4 balls to spare.

Despite the loss, we are immensely proud of the team's effort, especially in defending our total. This setback won't deter us, and we are determined to come back stronger in our next game against the Lucknow Super Giants at their home ground on Saturday. It's sure to be an exciting contest, and we are ready to give our all.

Brief scores: Punjab Kings 176/6 in 20 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 45, Jitesh Sharma 27, Mohammed Siraj 2/26) lose to Royal Challengers Bengaluru 178/6 in 19.2 overs (Virat Kohli 77, Dinesh Karthik 28, Harpreet Brar 2/13)

Man of the Match: Virat Kohli