Dubai, September 21
Devdutt Padikkal displayed his extremely rated expertise with a half-century on IPL debut earlier than AB de Villiers offered the a lot wanted ultimate flourish to take Royal Challengers Bangalore to 163 for 5 of their event opener towards Sunrisers Hyderabad right here on Monday.
The class and tranquility Padikkal (56 off 42, eight fours) confirmed in his first high-profile sport 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 (51 off 30) got here up with essential boundary hits in the direction of the top to take the group previous 160.
The 20-year-old Padikkal, possessing a close to good stability within the crease, performed throughout the bottom, enjoying the pull and aerial cowl drive with equal confidence.
Padikkal received 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 trying 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 fee with RCB accumulating solely 30 runs from the subsequent 5 overs.
Skipper Virat Kohli departed after scoring 14 off 13, leaving De Villiers to offer 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 damage scare for Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, who limped off the sphere with an ankle damage after bowling 4 balls in his debut sport for the Sunrisers. PTI