Padikkal (8 fours out of 42) showcased his top-class talent with a half-century from AB de Villiers (51 of 30), as he needed to take RCB to 163 after being sent to bat. Provided Utkarsh
Chasing 164 for a win, SRH were all out for 153 in 19.4 overs.
The Sunrisers were definitely in a comfortable chase with Johnny Bairstow (61 for 43). Chahal (3/18) removed the Englishman and Vijay Shankar from successive balls in the 16th over to conclusively tilt the game in favor of his team.
Bairstow was busy in his attempt to get Chahal out of the park, while Shankar had no clue about the perfectly kept googly.
The double tremors demolished the batting, exposing the Sunrisers’ inexperienced middle-order. Mitchell Marsh suffered an ankle injury while bowling meant that he came in at number 10 and could only survive one ball.
Fast bowlers Navdeep Saini (2/25) and Shivam Dubey (2/15) also gave good figures, but Umesh Yadav was still expensive for RCB, scoring 48 runs in four overs.
Earlier, the class and calmness that Padikkala showed in his first high-profile game was remarkable, so Australian limited-overs captain Aaron Finch (27 for 27) was happy to play the second fiddle at the other end.
The Sunrisers pulled things back after a 90-run partnership between Padiakkal and Finch in the middle overs. De Villiers hit crucial fours to the end to take the team to 160.
The 20-year-old Padikkal played around the field, playing bridge and aerial cover drives with equal confidence, while maintaining a perfect balance at the crease.
Padikkal hit three fours in the left-arm pacer T Natarajan’s over. The left-handed opener completed his half-century by sweeping a slog over the fielder at deep square leg.
The openers looked good, RCB scored 86 runs in 10 overs without any loss. However, both Padikkkal and Finch fell off consecutive balls and put RCB’s score at the break with only 30 runs from the next five overs.
Captain Virat Kohli was successful in finalizing the de Villiers by scoring 13 runs. The South African star, once again, scored his 200th six in the process for RCB.
There was also an injury scare for Australian all-rounder Marsh, who was ruled out of the ground with an ankle injury after bowling four balls in his first match for the Sunrisers.
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