The Royal Challengers have started IPL 2020 with a bang. Kohli’s men defeated the skilled Sunrises Hyderabad at Dubai. Put into bat, RCB courtesy of Devdutt Paddikal led the charge in the first few overs. The debutant Padikkal scored an impressive half-century.
Later on, it was an AB de Villiers show as the genius completed yet another 50. On a tricky pitch, RCB managed to put a total of 163 runs on the board.
Meanwhile Sunrise lost their captain David Warner early in the chase. However, Johnny Bairstow and Manish Pandey started taking the match away from the challengers. Bairstow, in particular, looked a class apart.
He scored a breathtaking half-century under pressure. When it looked SRH will outclass RCB, Yuzvendra Chahal turned a web around the batting of Sunrisers. Chahal was the standout performer of the match as he finished with figures of 3-18 after 4 overs.
On the back of that, SRH never really recovered and bundled out for 153. RCB secured crucial 2 points and secured their first victory of IPL 2020.
David Warner points out the turning point
“I can’t remember the last time I was out like that. There are four things that happened in this game that I have never seen before. A lot of courage for Mitchell (Marsh) 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”, Warner said in the post-match presentation.
“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”, Warner said after the loss against RCB.