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RCB v SRH Match Review : Padikkal & Chahal set up victory on opening day for Bangalore

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The team led by the Indian captain took on the Orange Army today at the Dubai International cricket stadium. Finally, by a margin of 10 runs, RCB managed to beat SRH. Let’s have a look at what went well for both the teams and what did not.

Royal Challengers struck gold today in terms of an opening batsman. Devdutt Padikkal who had a very good domestic season for Karnataka hit a debut half-century for the RCB with a strike rate of over 130, only to be dismissed by Vijay Shankar. Padikkal has now scored a debut half-century in first-class cricket as well as the IPL. Finch played a supporting role and the two had a partnership of 90.

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The debutant Padikkal smashed a quick half-century ( Image Courtesy : IPL Twitter )

It did not seem like Kohli’s day today as he only managed to score a forgettable 14 before being dismissed by Natarajan. However, Mr.360 ABD played a fantastic inning, scoring a half-century in just 30 balls with a strike rate of 170. Josh Phillipe also looks to be a fresh face from Australia as he hasn’t represented his country yet in any of the formats. RCB ended with a score of 163 for the loss of 5 wickets.

Bhuvaneshwar Kumar bowled very economically but did not manage to get a single wicket. Considering that a couple of wickets were through run-outs, none of SRHs bowlers scalped more than a wicket.

The Sunrisers had a good first over. Bairstow was aggressive since the first over. However, they lost their captain early, because of a run-out. Manish Pandey and Bairstow had a good partnership of 71 runs. Bairstow was on the aggressive while Pandey was anchoring the innings well, at just over a run per ball.

Chahal got rid of Pandey and later India’s U-19 WC captain Priyam Garg came to bat. Garg could manage only 12 runs in 13 balls. Meanwhile, Chahal impressively took the wickets of Bairstow and Vijay Shankar in two consecutive deliveries. That pretty much changed the game.

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RCB bowled out SRH comfortably after Chahal’s spell ( Image Courtesy : Twitter.com )

After Garg’s wicket, it was pretty much a landslide for SRH. Wickets kept falling at regular intervals and the entire run chase got derailed. The small injury that Mitchell Marsh faced earlier in the match had a big impact on SRH. Mitchell Marsh couldn’t bowl his entire quota of 4 overs and got out on a duck.  Finally, SRH was only able to post 153 runs on the board before they were bowled out.

RCB might have won this game, however bigger problems loom over them at the horizon. Their most experienced bowlers, Dale Steyn and Umesh Yadav proved to be extremely expensive in terms of their economy. Steyn managed to take only one wicket, that too of Sandeep Sharma and had an economy of 9. Umesh Yadav went for an economy of 12 and did not manage to pick even a single wicket. Shivam Dube on the other hand was extremely good with the ball. He went for 15 runs in the 3 overs that he bowled and managed to get the wickets of Garg and Marsh.

This was only the opening game and a lot is left to be played. Let’s see whether RCB is able to maintain it’s performance and will SRH be able to turn-around in the next game.

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