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Padikkal, De Villiers Guide RCB To 163/5

Dubai: Devdutt Padikkal displayed his extremely rated expertise with a half-century on IPL debut earlier than AB de Villiers offered the a lot wanted last flourish to take Royal Challengers Bangalore to 163 for 5 of their event opener towards Sunrisers Hyderabad right here on Monday.

The category and tranquility Padikkal (56 off 42, eight fours) confirmed in his first high-profile recreation was exceptional, a lot in order that Australian restricted overs captain Aaron Finch (29 off 27) was completely satisfied 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 tip to take the crew rating previous 160.

The 20-year-old Padikkal, possessing a close to good steadiness 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. Nonetheless, 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 following 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 Mitchell Marsh, who limped off the sector with an ankle harm after bowling 4 balls in his debut recreation for the Sunrisers.

(PTI)

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