IPL 2020: The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) finally kickstarted their IPL 2020 campaign with a match against the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) tonight. David Warner won the toss and elected to field first. Virat Kohli handed over the debut appearance to Devdutt Padikkal. He went in to open the innings along with Aaron Finch. The decision turned out to be a jackpot. The left-hander played some stunning shots and marched his way to his IPL debut half-century.
Both the openers negotiated the opening over of Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Then Padikkall decided to take the charge and attacked Sandeep Sharma. He backed away to make some room for himself and smacked a short of a length delivery over the infield to kickstart his innings. Then he flicked a delivery on his pads past the short fine leg fielder.
There were some fireworks during the powerplay overs, as the young Devdutt Padikkal entertained the fans with his confidence in shot-making. (IPL 2020)
Devdutt Padikkal was the star of the show. (IPL 2020)
The youngster was the dominant man in the opening partnership with Aaron Finch. He looked fearless and was playing his shots with ease. He found the gaps with ease and rotated the strike well. His innings showed a glimpse of India’s future.
He completed his half-century in the 10th over. Padikkal also got a fair share of his luck while playing the big shots and the SRH fielders also dropped some catches. He then decided to press onto the accelerator, with Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers waiting in the dugout for their turn to bat. He decided to go for a big heave on the leg side and his stumps were castled by Vijay Shankar’s delivery.
However, he played entertaining innings and impressed everyone with his shots. He scored 56 off 42 balls and decorated his innings with stunning boundaries. Twitterati praised him for his superb knock. (IPL 2020)