Padikkal, Kohli lead Bangalore to 10-wicket win over Rajasthan; RCB goes top

Devdutt Padikkal came of age with a brilliant unbeaten 52-ball 101 to guide Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to a 10-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals (RR) at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Thursday.

Devdutt Padikkal lit up the Wankhede Stadium with his power-hitting.   -  BCCI/IPL

Devdutt Padikkal came of age with a brilliant unbeaten 52-ball 101 to guide Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to a 10-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals (RR) at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Thursday. Padikkal’s masterclass took RCB to the top of the points table with a fourth straight win. RR - hampered by the unavailability of key players Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes and Liam Livingstone - slumped to a third loss in four matches.

Big impression

The 20-year-old Padikkal, an immensely talented youngster, made a big impression with his maiden IPL century. That Padikkal only recently recovered from COVID-19 made his performance all the more special.

Devdutt Padikkal hits maiden IPL hundred  

Padikkal scored his runs at a rapid rate, but there were no wild slogs. The southpaw played late, and used pure timing to pierce the gaps. When the bowlers pitched it up, Padikkal brought the bat down with a clean swing, sending the ball far into the stands. The Karnataka cricketer scored the fastest IPL century for an uncapped player, edging out previous record holder Paul Valthaty (52 balls, KXIP v CSK in 2011) by one ball.

RCB vs RR highlights: Padikkal century, Kohli fifty guide Royal Challengers Bangalore to win  

Chasing 178, openers Padikkal and Virat Kohli (72 n.o.) made short work of the target. During his knock, Kohli became the first cricketer to cross 6,000 runs in the IPL.

Virat Kohli hit his first fifty of IPL 2021 against Rajasthan Royals.   -  BCCI/IPL

 

Virat Kohli becomes first player to reach 6000 IPL runs  

After being put in, RR lost wickets early, but recovered well to post a healthy score. Joss Buttler (8), Manan Vohra (7) and David Miller (0) were dismissed cheaply, with Mohammed Siraj and Kyle Jamieson doing the damage. Siraj was impressive once again, taking out Miller with a sharp, fast yorker.

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The revival

Captain Sanju Samson blasted offspinner Washington Sundar for a huge six, but chipped the next ball to midwicket to fall for 21. From 43 for four, RR came back into contention through good knocks from Shivam Dube (46, 32b, 5x4, 2x6), Riyan Parag (25, 16b, 4x4) and Rahul Tewatia (40, 23b, 4x4, 2x6).

Dube and Parag put on an attacking 66-run fifth-wicket stand, shifting the initiative back to RR. Pacer Harshal Patel broke the dangerous partnership with a slower ball, which Parag tried to scoop to fine leg. A top edge, however, landed in the hands of deep third man.

Dube was sent back by a good diving catch by Glenn Maxwell at long-on. Tewatia was deceived by a cutter from Siraj. Harshal and Siraj finished with three wickets each. Harshal retained his spot as the highest wicket-taker of the tournament (12 wickets).