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Royal Challengers Bangalore 163 for 5 (Padikkal 56, de Villiers 51, Natarajan 1-34 Shankar 1-14) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 153 all out (Bairstow 61, Pandey 34, Chahal 3-18 Dube 2-15) by 10 runs

Royal Challengers Bangalore started their campaign on a winning note as they defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by 10 wickets to open their account in IPL 13.

Winning the toss, Sunrisers put RCB to bat first as it has been the trend so far this IPL. RCB got off to a flyer with debutant Devdutt Padikkal scoring a handsome 56 off 42 along with Aaron Finch for an opening stand of 90. Sunrisers’ bowlers slowed down the run rate and got two quick wickets. With Virat Kohli and AB De ’Villiers, RCB looked poised for a good total but Kohli got out cheaply. RCB was unable to take advantage of the opening stand but ABD proved once again by best scoring 51 to take the team to a respective total of 163.

In reply, Sunrisers lost their captain David warner early but Jonny Bairstow and Manish Pandey stitched in a good partnership. Jonny Bairstow scored 61 and at 121/2 in 15 overs. SRH looked poised for the victory. But Yuzevendra Chahal picked 2 in 2 to turn the tide of the match in RCB’s favor. In the end, it was a bit too much for the lower order as they got bundled out for 153 giving RCB the win.

David Warner the RCB captain pointed out that the over from Chahal was the turning point. He was also a bit surprised by the way he got dismissed today. He was overall impressed by the comeback his bowlers made after the opening stand but stated there was room for improvement.

Virat Kohli was pleased with his openers and also pleased with how his bowlers defended the total especially having to cope with Bairstow early on. He also praises for Yuzevendra Chahal as well as for other part-time bowlers who did the job when it was needed.

Chahal became the man of the match for his figures of 3/18 in 4 overs.

Souhardya Das

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