RCB vs RR: Devdutt Padikkal smashed his maiden Indian Premier League century off just 51 balls in the game against Rajasthan Royals in Mumbai on Thursday.
RCB opener Devdutt Padikkal. (Courtesy by BCCI)
- Devdutt Padikkal slammed his maiden IPL hundred off just 51 deliveries
- Padikkal set up RCB’s 4th successive win with a stellar 100
- Padikkal was RCB’s highest run-getter in IPL 2020 with 473 runs from 15 matches
Royal Challengers Bangalore opener Devdutt Padikkal replicated his stupendous domestic form and went on to hit his first Indian Premier League (IPL) hundred on Thursday against Rajasthan Royals in Mumbai. Padikkal set up RCB’s fourth straight victory with a stellar 100 coming off just 51 deliveries.
Padikkal started attacking the Rajasthan bowlers from the word go in their pursuit of 178 at the Wankhede Stadium, hitting twin boundaries against Shreyas Gopal. Padikkal hit a boundary on the first ball of the 17th over to complete his hundred on the 51th ball of his innings. His innings consisted of 9 swashbuckling fours and 6 sixes.
Padikkal was RCB’s highest run-getter in IPL 2020 with 473 runs from 15 matches, including five half-centuries in what was his debut season. The young opener continued rich form in the last Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy (218 runs at an average of 43.60 in six matches) and Vijay Hazare Trophy (737 runs in seven matches).
Padikkal, who returned to action after recovering from COVID-19, had got off to a poor start with scores of 25 and 11 in his last two innings.
Padikkal had said that batting alongside Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers has helped him grow as a cricketer. “They have so much experience,” he says. “They help you through your batting, and it makes your job much easier… It is a real treat batting with them. Hopefully we will have many more partnerships.”