An inspired bowling performance by Royal Challengers Bangalore has helped the side register their first win in their opening game of the tournament against SRH on Monday. RCB batters played well to set a target of 163 in 20 overs.
In pursuit of the total, SRH, unfortunately, lost their skipper early. However, Jonny Bairstow played well at the other end. He along with Manish Pandey took the total ahead. The duo added 71 runs for the second wicket before Pandey fell off Chahal on a well-made 34. SRH was cruising along well until RCB’s star bowler, Yuzvendra Chahal came in and ruin all their plans.
He took three crucial wickets of Manish Pandey, Jonny Bairstow and Vijay Shankar to leave SRH in a complete shock. Hyderabad’s middle woes hasn’t looked to subside as they lost 6 wickets in the space of 19 runs only to hand RCB a 10-run victory.
Earlier, RCB openers, Devdutt Padikkal and Aaron Finch gave RCB a flying start. Devdutt Padikkal, in his debut game, sent the bowlers on a leather hunt, while Finch played as a second fiddle. Paddikal scored a half-century in his maiden innings. He hit as many as 8 fours en route to his half-century.
The opening pair set the foundation for a big total, however, RCB didn’t quite able to make full use of a great start. They finished at 163 for 5 in the 20 overs. Virat Kohli couldn’t start the tournament on a high as he could only last 14 balls in his first match.
However, AB De Villiers made sure he stayed till the end. The South African cricketer started off slowly but unleashed himself in the last few overs of the innings. He compiled a beautiful knock of 51 off 30 balls before getting run out in the final over.
SRH seamers bowled with a lot of discipline in the latter half of the innings. The pulled back the run-rate quite a bit as it seemed like the score could well go past 180. RCB, in the end, finished at 163 in 20 overs.