As Royal Challengers Bangalore is in hot pursuit of their fourth consecutive victory that will cement them right at the ace of the points table, a target of 178 lies between them and the aforementioned fact.
Chasing a steep total of 178, Bangalore has been off to a flyer, thanks to a resounding half-century from young Devdutt Padikkal who has simply shown no relent at all in whacking the Royals bowlers.
He started his battery against Shreyas Gopal with two scorchers that sent the cherry racing to the boundary in the same over. The next man to fall victim to the rampage started by the youngster was the most expensive player of the tournament, Chris Morris as he was driven in the third man area in a cheeky manner which was followed by a smack through the point region.
Making exceptional use of his footwork, he started taking on Musatafizur Rahman in the next over as his menacing advance down the pitch turned a good length ball from the Bangladeshi fast bowler into a half volley and was glanced down square leg boundary. He made an exceptional end to the over that saw Padikkal swing his bat in the off-side that exhibited a brilliant connection to notch up the youngster’s first six of the night.
Devdutt Padikkal was in no mood to stop his show of pyrotechnics as the next man to be slaughtered was the young Chetan Sakariya who exhibited a decent display until now.
The lanky southpaw brought up his half-century in style as he slapped a tossed delivery through the covers for another boundary against Riyan Parag. He ended the over in grand fashion as he clobbered him for a biggie straight over the bowler’s head.
Twitter would never fail to realize the birth of a star as the sky of Indian batting looks bright with the arrival of this dynamic youngster.
— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) April 22, 2021
Devdutt Padikkal is dominating at Wankhede. Fearless striking by him, what a talent.
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) April 22, 2021
Devdutt Padikkal made his Highest scores in IPL. Incredible. pic.twitter.com/YBT9xVs23Z
— CricketMAN2 (@man4_cricket) April 22, 2021
#RCB cruising ahead towards the 178 target? 10 ovs 107-0
Devdutt Padikkal's one man show ?? Class, power and super-efficiency. So many wonderful 4s, 6s. Yuvi paaji would be proud watching this.. 80(36)*. Hope he gets his well-deserved century!#RCBvRR
— Kaushik LM (@LMKMovieManiac) April 22, 2021
Devdutt Padikkal is batting at a totally different level. And I love the way Virat has just allowed him to take centre stage, taking singles and putting him back on strike. Feel for RR, fought back superbly while batting, but RCB & their faithful fans deserve a great year
— Joy Bhattacharjya (@joybhattacharj) April 22, 2021
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— Vinay Kumar R (@Vinay_Kumar_R) April 22, 2021
— Preyesh Goyal (@PreyeshG) April 22, 2021
How many times Virat Kohli have been overshadowed by another batsman.
— Ravi Shastree (@adam_styris) April 22, 2021