All the trolls targeting RCB came to a rest on Monday as RCB scripted an inspiring 10-run victory in their first game of the tournament against Sunrisers Hyderabad. The team has lived up to all the statement they made ahead of the start of their campaign. It was pleasant to watch bowlers winning the match for the side.
Under pressure, RCB bowlers have bowled beautifully. It was their star man, Yuzvendra Chahal who was once again the star of the show. However, the way Navdeep Saini and Dale Steyn have bowled, it was as satisfying as it could be.
RCB, in the first innings, set a total of 163 in 20 overs for SRH. Skipper, David Warner, unfortunately, got run-out early. Jonny Bairstow and Manish Pandey led the recovery and added 67 runs for the second innings. With both Manish Pandey and Bairstow guiding the team home, RCB were desperate for a wicket.
And, once again, it was Yuzvendra Chahal, who came to their rescue. He took three quick wickets in the form of Manish Pandey, Jonny Bairstow and Vijay Shankar only to send SRH on the backfoot. Wickets tumbled at a quick pace as SRH lost 6 wickets in the space of 19 runs. In the end, David Warner fell short of 10 runs as RCB registered their campaign on a winning note.
Devdutt Padikkal and AB de Villiers guided RCB to 163 in the first innings
Earlier, debutant, Devdutt Padikkal played a sensational knock on debut. In his maiden innings in IPL, Devdutt compiled a beautiful half-century and helped RCB got off to a great start. He and Aaron Finch made a great start in the first innings. The duo stitched together 90-run partnership for the opening wicket. Devdutt Padikkal kept most of the strike for the first six overs and played shots all across the ground.
Devdutt scored 56 runs off 42 balls, while Finch scored 29 runs off 27 balls. The stage was set for Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers to help RCB get to a big total. However, Virat Kohli soon went back to the pavilion off T Nataraj.
South African superstar, AB de Villiers though started the tournament with a vital half-century. He scored 50 runs off just 30 balls, including 4 fours and 2 sixes. Given that RCB raced to 90 in just 10 overs, RCB would have disappointed after ending up at 163.
SRH seamers pulled the match back brilliantly in the second half of the innings. Not to forget, Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled a superb last over and gave away just 25 runs off his 4 overs.