Padikkal ton makes it four in four for RCB
Royal Challengers Bangalore top the IPL (Indian Premier League) table after a fourth consecutive win, beating Rajasthan Royals by 10 wickets at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.
Rajasthan are languishing at the bottom with just one win from four games.
This is the fourth time RCB have won an IPL match by ten wickets. The previous three came in sub-100 targets.
Devdutt Padikkal and Virat Kohli batted 16.3 overs and put 181 runs to complete a clinical win. Skipper Kohli played the second fiddle in the run-chase where he made 72 from 47 balls with 6 fours and 3 sixes.
Padikkal struck 11 fours and 6 maximums to race his way to a maiden IPL hundred in 51 balls, his second T20 hundred. He remained on 101* from 52 balls.
Bangalore started on a positive tone making 59 runs inside the powerplay as Padikkal took off. Rajasthan bowlers had no answer to RCB’s batting on a belter. Bangladesh recruit Mustafizur Rahman gave 34 runs in 3.3 overs.
Losing the toss, Rajasthan Royals put 177/9 on board with none getting into 50-run mark. Shivam Dube’s 46 off 32 and Rahul Tewatia’s 23-ball 40 runs were the highlights of the innings from their side’s perspective.
Rajasthan were reduced to 18/3 as Mohammed Siraj picked the prised wickets of Jos Buttler (8) and David Miller (0). Sanju Samson, the captain, had a short stay of 21 runs.
Siraj was the pick of the bowlers – 3/27 in his four overs. The purple cap holder Harshal Patel also took three at cost of 47.
Rajasthan Royals 177/9 in 20 overs (Dube 46, Tewatia 40; Siraj 3/27, Harshal 3/47)
Royal Challengers Bangalore 181/0 in 16.3 overs (Padikkal 101*, Kohli 72*)
Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 10 wickets
Player of the Match: Devdutt Padikkal