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23 Apr 2021
06:19

Padikkal shines as RCB thrash Rajasthan

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Devdutt Padikkal smashed a breath-taking century to lead the Royal Challengers Bangalore to an extraordinary 10-wicket victory against the Rajasthan Royals in their IPL match at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Thursday.

Devdutt Padikkal smashed a breath-taking century to lead the Royal Challengers Bangalore to an extraordinary 10-wicket victory against the Rajasthan Royals in their IPL match at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Thursday.

Padikkal’s unbeaten 101 came from just 52 balls with 11 fours and six sixes.

Chasing 178 for victory RCB galloped to 181 without loss with 21 balls to spare to maintain the only 100% record in the tournament with four wins out of four.

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Captain Virat Kohli appeared entirely happy to be outshone by his 20-year-old opening partner finishing with 72 not out from 47 balls with six fours and three sixes.

It was the highest opening partnership for the franchise.

All of the Royals bowlers suffered at the hands of Padikkal but SA’s Chris Morris, the most expensive player in IPL history, will feel particularly aggrieved at conceding 38 runs from just three overs.

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Rajasthan lost three wickets inside the power-play to slump to 32-3 but recovered to post a reasonable 177-9, or so it seemed.

Mohammad Siraj struck twice clean bowling Jos Buttler (8) and trapping David Miller lbw for a second ball duck. Kiwi all rounder Kyle Jamieson induced a mistimed drive from opener Manan Vohra (7) and RCB were quickly on top.

Royals captain Sanju Samson (21) struck two fours and a mighty six before holing out to Glenn Maxwell off off-spinner Washington Sundar to leave his team reeling at 43-4.

Shivam Dube struck 46 from 32 balls (5×4, 2×6) and 19-year-old Riyan Parag (25 from 16 balls) added 66 for the fifth wicket to revive the innings and Rahul Tewatia struck the ball fearlessly during his 40 from 23 balls (4×4, 2×6) before Siraj (4-0-27-3) had him caught on the boundary.

Meanwhile, Eoin Morgan said has no doubts he will rediscover his form, the Kolkata Knight Riders captain saying he is just waiting for something to click.

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Kolkata, with the top order wilting again, suffered an 18-run loss, their third in four matches, to Chennai on Wednesday.

The two-time champions’ struggles mirror that of skipper Morgan, who has scores of seven, 29, seven, and two.

“Everything is about process. I’m going about things in an extremely positive way,” Morgan said. “It’s a matter of time before something comes together.”