• Kushal Kumar Jha

IPL 2020, RCB vs SRH: RCB off to a great start as it defeats SRH in their first game of the season

In the 3rd match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) defeat Sun Risers Hyderabad (SRH) by 10 Runs at Dubai international stadium. RCB debutant and youngster Devdutt Padikkal shines in the match with his fiery knock of 56 runs off 42 balls. AB de Villiers also contributed in the win with his 51 runs off 30 balls knock for the RCB. RCB had set a target of 165 runs for the SRH to chase.

David Warner won the toss and elected to field first. RCB openers Devdutt Padikkal and Aaron Finch gave a great start to the RCB as they reached 90 runs in just 10.5 overs. After the consecutive dismissal of the duo, captain Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers held the ground for the RCB until the former got out by T Natrajan. AB de Villiers' knock of 51 runs helped RCB reach 164 by the end of 20 overs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar remained the most economical bowler for the SRH, although he was unable to take a wicket.

Debutant Devdutt Padikkal shines for the RCB

Opener and skipper David Warner got run out in the early after playing 6 balls. Jonny Bairstow who opened with captain Warner played a good game for the SRH with his knock of 61 runs off 43 balls. The rest of the batting line-up except Manish Pandey struggled for the SRH. Yuzvendra Chahal had a great spell for the RCB as he took 3 wickets while giving away just 18 runs in 4 overs. Shivam Dube (2-15) and Navdeep Saini (2-25) also supported the RCB in limiting the chase of SRH. Being one of the most balanced teams, SRH is always a fan favorite when it comes to IPL. However, the Hyderabad team seems to have a bad start with their first match of the season.

RCB is on a high horse as they are off to a great start in the 13th edition of the IPL. The win must have boosted the morales of the highly trolled team. Despite having one of the greatest players of the Cricket, namely Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, RCB has been unable to win the tournament a single time. RCB team and fans alike are keeping hopes high that this time may be, the RCB holds the cup. However, it is still soon to tell if they will be able to win the cup this time around. The rest of the matches will tell.

"I can't remember the last time I was out like that. Four things happened in this game that I have never seen before. A lot of courage for Mitchell to go out there and try. It doesn't look great for him, can't put any weight on his leg. Hopefully, it isn't too bad, it was quite painful for him, so fingers crossed. We had the run chase in control and we knew that we had to go after their bowlers in the end. Probably the last over of Chahal was the turning point out there. We have to go back to the drawing board; we obviously can't fix what happened today but we have to go back and work hard before our next game in Abu Dhabi. There are talking points but the guys know what they have to do. Exciting times for Indian cricket and I can't wait to see what the young players produce," said SRH captain David Warner post-match.

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