Royal Challengers Bangalore got off to a winning start as they beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 10 runs at the Dubai International Stadium. Speaking at the end of the game, Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli praised all his teammates for stepping up to pocket two crucial points.
Meanwhile, Sunrisers Hyderabad witnessed a batting collapse in the middle-order which took them away from the game despite a swashbuckling start. Jonny Bairstow and Manish Pandey had set the record set with 50+ partnership for the second wicket, but since Pandey got out, Bangalore made a stunning comeback.
Chahal does the job for Bangalore
Although they were topsy-turvy on the field with a couple of missed catches, but Yuzvendra Chahal ensured they remain on top. He removed the dangerman – Jonny Bairstow first and then removed Vijay Shankar with a perfect googly off the very next ball.
Royal Challengers Bangalore didn’t look back ever since. Navdeep Saini picked a couple of wickets while Shivam Dube and Dale Steyn picked removed two wickets to secure the win.
Earlier in the day, batting first, Devdutt Padikkal and AB de Villiers powered Bangalore to 163 runs after a solid start. Debutant Padikkal was superb with the bat and put the balls across the parks with ease. He played a fina e knock of 56 runs as he and Aaron Finch shared a 90-run partnership.
Sunrisers Hyderabad made a comeback with two back-to-back wickets, but AB de Villiers ensured they have a competitive total on the scoreboard. He put the fifth gear in the death overs to bring up his half-century and ensure that Bangalore go past the 150-run mark.
Virat Kohli all praise for his temmates
Speaking at the end of the game, Kohli spoke high of his teammates especially Yuzvendra Chahal and Devdutt Padikkal. He also labelled Chahal as the game changer for Royal Challengers Bangalore.