Devdutt Padikkal’s princely century leaves Rajasthan Royals in tatters


Devdutt Padikkal waltzed to a wonderful hundred to make Royal Challengers Bangalore’s win a stroll in the park. Such was his dominance that Virat Kohli, his opening accomplice, was glad to play second fiddle. Together they placed on 181 runs in an unbroken opening stand, as Bangalore gained with 21 balls to spare. Four on the spin now.

From 43/4 in the eighth over, Rajasthan Royals recovered to put up 177/9. Pretty first rate, however not adequate on a batting-friendly Wankhede pitch and towards Bangalore’s batting would possibly. Mohammed Siraj (3/27) bowled a implausible spell upfront to melt up Royals’ top-order. Sanju Samson made issues worse for his group by but once more throwing his wicket away.

Padikkal excels

The left-hander had enhanced his status in final 12 months’s IPL. This 12 months, in the course of the two matches he performed on Chepauk pitches, Padikkal had struggled for timing. On a floor the place the ball got here properly on to the bat, the southpaw discovered his rhythm.

He minimize Chris Morris over level for a 4. He gorgeously drove a Mustafizur Rahman supply over long-off for a six. When the spinners got here, Padikkal neutralised them with the lightness of contact. Riyan Parag and Rahul Tewatia appeared clueless towards such high-quality batting. Shreyas Gopal was as soon as reversed-pulled to the third man boundary. Royals bowling surrendered to Padikkal’s ‘dancing feet and flashing blade’.

Fifty got here off 27 balls, by means of a 4 off Parag. The hundred was reached off 51 deliveries, through a glowing cowl drive off Mustafizur. He remained unbeaten on 101.

All the whereas, Kohli eschewed his ego and allowed the teenager to play the lead. Towards the back-end of the innings, the Bangalore captain shifted gears and galloped to a 47-ball 72 not out, finishing 6,000 IPL runs in the method. But the evening belonged to Padikkal.

Siraj sizzles, Samson fizzles

Earlier, Siraj bowled a implausible first spell to place Royals beneath strain. He saved Jos Buttler guessing with the variations in angle.

The Royals opener walked into the off aspect to attain a boundary. But when he moved into the leg aspect to make room for an inside-out cowl drive, Siraj adopted him and breached his defence. The yorker that dismissed David Miller would have gotten virtually any left-hander out.

With wickets falling on the different finish, the onus was on Samson to take the innings ahead. The Royals captain hit a luxurious six over deep mid-wicket off Washington Sundar after which chipped the subsequent supply straight to Glenn Maxwell at brief mid-wicket.

This has now grow to be type of routine, from the T20Is towards Australia in Sydney final 12 months to this 12 months’s IPL. Samson hasn’t been doing justice to his expertise. Shivam Dube, Parag and Tewatia contributed to provide Royals’ complete respectability. But on the evening, they appeared paupers towards Bangalore’s princely present.

Brief Scores: Rajasthan Royals 177 for 9 in 20 ovs (Shivam Dube 46, 32b, 5×4, 2×6; Rahul Tewatia 40, 23b, 4×4, 2×6; Mohammed Siraj 3/27, 16 dots) misplaced to Royal Challengers Bangalore 181 for no loss in 16.3 ovs (Devdutt Padikkal 101*, 52b, 11×4, 6×6; Virat Kohli 72* 47b, 6×4, 3×6).


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