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RCB to a clinical win against Rajasthan Royals
Devdutt Paddikal finally came into his own with a spectacular unbeaten century after a slow start to the event as RCB thrived on the brilliant unbeaten opening stand between Paddikal and Kohli to beat Rajasthan Royals by an emphatic margin of 10 wickets.
RCD had sent in the Rajasthan Royals to bat and from the word go Mohammed Siraj was looking hostile and rattled the stumps of Jos Buttler (8) cheaply to start the rout. Soon Manan Vohra (7) was out to yet another airy shot and Siraj bowled a ripping Yorker to David Miller to trap him lbw — the not-out decision was overturned in favour of the bowler on a DRS.
Samson (21) looked good for a while but pushed Sunder straight to Maxwell to be caught near midwicket and thus the Royals suffered its biggest blow.
The much-awaited rescue act finally came from Shivam Dube (46 off 32 balls) who finally came good after a long wait and played deft shots, using the pace of the ball for his cuts over the slips and his well controlled drives. Dube had a good stand with Riyan Parag (25) who again fell early after getting a good start. Later Rahul Tewatia (40 off 23 balls) made some clean hits to take the score past 150. Rajasthan finally ended their knock at 177/9. For RCB, Siraj was the sharpest looking bowler with 3/27. Harshal took 3/47 but was a bit expensive. RCB to a clinical win against Rajasthan Royals.
In reply it was the Paddikal – Kohli show . While Kohli started slowly he allowed his younger partner to take charge . Devdutt was all class as he set about the Royals bowling attack with gorgeous strokeplay scoring boundaries at will and with lots of style. His driving, cutting and timing of his lofted shots was an eye-catcher as he looked a class above the rest whoever batted in this game. His 101 notout off 52 balls with 11 fours and 6 sixes was a treat to the eyes .
Kohli largely played second fiddle but he stepped up a gear towards the back end to execute his dazzling shots on a fine batting pitch .Scoring 72 off 47 balls , Kohli showed great generosity to allow his partner to complete his 1st IPL 100.
Kohli also became the first batsman in IPL history to get 6000 runs during his innings to cap off a fine day for RCB .
Bangalore won by 10 wkts
RR 177/9 (20 Ovs)
Shivam Dube 46(32)
Rahul Tewatia 40(23)
Harshal Patel 3/47
RCB 181/0 (16.3 Ovs)
Devdutt Padikkal 101(52)