Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore got off to a triumphant start in the Indian Premier League beating Sunrisers Hyderabad by – runs at the Dubai International Stadium on Monday.
Put in to bat first, half centuries from Devdutt Padikkal and AB de Villiers lifted Bangalore to 163-5. Jonny Bairstow led the reply perfect but two wickets in two balls from Yuzvendra Chahal triggered a terrible Hyderabad collapse after they were bundled out for 153 with two balls to spare.
Hyderabad lost captain and opener David Warner (six) early in the game before Jonny Bairstow and Manish Pandey added 71 runs for the second wicket. With Bairstow firing in all cylinders, Hyderabad were right in the game.
However, a twin dismissal triggered by leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal beginning with the wicket of Bairstow brought Bangalore back in the game. In an attempt to play a big shot, Bairstow had his leg stump castled and new man Vijay Shankar was undone by Chahal’s perfect googly.
Two more bizarre dismissals followed as Priyam Garg tried to poke Shivam Dube only to see the ball first hit bat then helmet and then the stumps. Abhishek Sharma was next to run himself out after he collided with Rashid Khan while stealing a double against Dube in the same over.
Navdeep Saini then virtually threw Hyderabad out of contest removing Rashid Khan and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar in the 18th over. Hyderabad went on to lose their last eight wickets for just 33 runs.
Bairstow top scored in the match with a 43-ball 61. He hit six boundaries and two sixes. Pandey scored 34 from 33 hitting three boundaries and a maximum. Chahal picked up 3-18 from four overs for Bangalore.
Earlier, Bangalore were off to a best possible start after debutant Padikkal played with grit in a 90-run opening wicket partnership with Australian skipper Aaron Finch. Padikkal’s fluent 42-ball 56 included eight boundaries.
Hyderabad fought back in the match removing both the spinners in a space of two overs and removing captain Virat Kohli (14) cheaply.
Hyderabad began choking Bangalore in the middle overs as Bangalore, who were once heading towards a big total, needed AB de Villiers’s 30-ball half century to reach over 160.
De Villiers made 51 off 30 with four boundaries and two sixes. T Natarajan, Vijay Shankar and Abhishek Sharma took a wicket each for Hyderabad.