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IPL 2020: Padikkal, ABD and Chahal star as RCB begin campaign with a win

Royal Challengers Bangalore began the 2020 Indian Premier League campaign on a winning note as they defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by 10 runs. Sunrisers Hyderabad looked dominant in most part of the match, but a batting collapse saw them lose their last eight wickets for just 32 runs and they lost the match.

Padikkal’s Debut

There were lots of surprises in both line ups and one of them was to consider Devdutt Padikkal for the RCB opening slot. The 20-year old, left-handed dashing opener from Karnataka is one of the brightest stars in Indian domestic circuit and was top scorer in both domestic 50-over and 20-over competition in 2019. The stylish opener started his IPL career with a boundary and grew in confidence with every shot.

He got a good support from experienced Aaron Finch from the other end who was happy to play the supporting role. Padikkal reached his maiden IPL fifty in 36 balls and finally finished with 56 of 42 balls. It is a great start to his IPL career and RCB fans will expect many such innings in days to come.

Chahal’s Magic

Despite having some great batsmen in their squad over the years, for RCB, bowling has been their Achilles’ Heel. However, Yuzvendra Chahal has been a consistent performer for them in last few even today he proved why he is being rated so heavily by his franchise as well as team India. The leg-spinner was in control from very beginning and delivered a brilliant performance.

In his first three overs he just conceded 12 runs to scalp the wicket of dangerous Manish Pandey. Kohli brought him back in the 16th over and Chahal immediately delivered. He got the highest scorer of SRH Jonny Bairstow as well as Vijay Shankar in back-to-back deliveries and started the procession for SRH. He finished with the analysis of 4-0-18-3 and grabbed the man-of-the-match award for his effort.

SRH Misfortune

It was not a good day for SRH players, fans and even their captain David Warner. They included Mitchell Marsh in their first XI, expecting the Australian all-rounder to continue the good form from the England tour. However, Marsh injured his right ankle while delivering his second ball. He was in great discomfort and could bowl only two more deliveries before walking out and Warner had to use his 6th and 7th bowlers to finish the quota. He later came to bat at number 10 and was out on first ball.

Warner himself was unfortunately runout while backing up as a straight drive from Bairstow hit the bowler’s hand and deflected to the stumps. Finally, Abhishek Sharma and Rashid Khan also had an unfortunate incident as they collided with each other while trying to collect a quick run. The former got run out and Rashid Khan needed immediate attention. He later resumed his innings but never looked in control and scored only six runs.

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