Devdutt Padikkal came of age with a brilliant undefeated 52-ball 101 to guide the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to a 10-wicket victory over the 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 consecutive victory. RR – hampered by the unavailability of key players Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes and Liam Livingstone – dropped to a third loss in four games.
20-year-old Padikkal, a talented youngster, made a strong impression with his first century IPL. This recently recovered Padikkal from COVID-19 made his performance all the more special.
Devdutt Padikkal reaches first hundred IPL
Padikkal scored his points at a rapid pace, but there were no wild catchphrases. The southpaw played late and used pure timing to punch through the gaps. When the bowlers threw it, Padikkal sharply lowered the bat, sending the ball deep into the stands. The Karnataka cricketer scored the fastest IPL century for an uncapped player, edging former record holder Paul Valthaty (52 balls, KXIP v CSK in 2011) by one.
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Chasing 178, forerunners Padikkal and Virat Kohli (72 no) did a short job of the target. During his stroke, Kohli became the first cricketer to cross 6000 points in the IPL.
Virat Kohli hit his first fifty of the 2021 IPL against the Royals of Rajasthan. – BCCI / IPL
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After being set up, RR lost wickets early on, but recovered well to post a healthy score. Joss Buttler (8), Manan Vohra (7) and David Miller (0) were laid off cheaply with Mohammed Siraj and Kyle Jamieson doing the damage. Siraj was once again impressive, knocking out Miller with a quick and lively Yorker.
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Captain Sanju Samson blew up spinner Washington Sundar for a whopping six, but chipped the next ball in the midwicket to fall for 21. Starting at 43 for four, RR came back on thanks to some good shots from Shivam Dube ( 46, 32b, 5×4, 2×6), Riyan Parag (25, 16b, 4×4) and Rahul Tewatia (40, 23b, 4×4, 2×6).
Dube and Parag built an offensive stand of 66 points at the fifth wicket, deferring the initiative to RR. Pacer Harshal Patel broke the dangerous partnership with a slower ball, which Parag tried to pick up with a slender leg. A top edge, however, landed in the hands of a third deep man.
Dube was fired with a good dive catch by Glenn Maxwell for a long time. Tewatia was deceived by a cutter from Siraj. Harshal and Siraj finished with three wickets each. Harshal retained his place as the best teller of the tournament (12 wickets).