IPL2020: Debutant Padikkal, Chahal get RCB off to successful begin

Dubai, September 21

Young opener Devdutt Padikkal starred on debut earlier than Yuvzvendra Chahal produced a artful spell to arrange a 10-run win for Royal Challengers Bangalore of their opening IPL contest in opposition to Sunrisers Hyderabad right here on Monday.

Padikkal (56 off 42, eight fours) displayed his extremely rated expertise with a half-century earlier than AB de Villiers (51 of 30) supplied the a lot wanted remaining flourish to take RCB to 163 for 5 after they had been despatched in to bat.

Chasing 164 for a win, SRH had been all out for 153 in 19.four overs.

The Sunrisers had been on target for a cushty chase with Jonny Bairstow (61 off 43) wanting in ominous contact. Chahal (3/18) eliminated the Englishman and Vijay Shankar in successive balls within the 16th over to tilt the sport decisively in his staff’s favour.

Bairstow perished in his try and hoick Chahal out of the park whereas Shankar had no clue concerning the completely positioned googly.

That double blow led to a batting collapse, exposing Sunrisers’ inexperienced middle-order. Mitchell Marsh struggling an ankle harm whereas bowling meant he got here at quantity 10 and will solely final a ball.

Pacer Navdeep Saini (2/25) and Shivam Dube (2/15) additionally returned tidy figures however Umesh Yadav was costly for RCB but once more, leaking 48 runs in 4 overs.

Earlier, the category and tranquility Padikkal confirmed in his first high-profile recreation was outstanding, a lot in order that Australian restricted overs captain Aaron Finch (29 off 27) was blissful to play second fiddle on the different finish.

Sunrisers pulled issues again within the center overs following a 90-run opening stand between Padikkal and Finch. De Villiers got here up with essential boundary hits in the direction of the tip to take the staff rating previous 160. The 20-year-old Padikkal, possessing a close to good stability within the crease, performed throughout the bottom, taking part in the pull and aerial cowl drive with equal confidence. Padikkal bought going with three boundaries in an over off left-arm pacer T Natarajan. The left-handed opener introduced up his half-century with a slog sweep over the fielder at deep sq. leg.

With the openers wanting good, RCB cruised to 86 for no loss in 10 overs. However, each Padikkal and Finch fell off successive balls and that put the brakes on the scoring price with RCB gathering solely 30 runs from the subsequent 5 overs.

Skipper Virat Kohli departed after scoring 14 off 13, leaving de Villiers to supply the ultimate flourish. The South African star delivered as soon as once more, smashing his 200th six for RCB within the course of.

There was additionally an harm scare for Australian all-rounder Marsh, who limped off the sphere with an ankle harm after bowling 4 balls in his debut recreation for the Sunrisers. PTI

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