Talented left- hander Devdutt Padikkal showed why his rated so highly as he smashed a power hundred as Royal Challengers Bangalore thrashed Rajasthan Royals by 10 wickets in the IPL match, at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.
The Karnataka batsmanhit 6 sixes and 11 fours in an unbeaten 101 of only 52 balls as the ruthless Royal Challengers overhauled Rajasthan Royals’ 179 for 9 in only 16.3 overs.
Skipper Virat Kohli, who brought up a record 6000 IPL runs during the course of his innings, was 72 not out off 47 balls, which included 6 fours and 3 sixes. Rajasthan bowlers had no clue as Kohli and Padikkal shared an unbroken opening stand of 181.
Earlier, Shivam Dube and Rahul Tewatia missed out on fifties but did enough to help Rajasthan Royals post a fighting 177 for 9 after a top order collapse.
Dube scored 46 off 32 balls before Tewatia did some big-hitting in a 23-ball 40 as the Royals recovered from a precarious 43 for 4 in the eighth over to get past the 175-run mark.
Dube smashed two sixes and five fours and with Riyan Parag (25 off 15 balls) added 66 runs for the fifth wicket off only 6.2 overs.
Later, Tewatia, who came in at the fall of Parag’s wicket, and Chris Morris, who replaced Dube, put on 37 off 25 balls as the Royals finished with a flourish.
Mohammed Siraj was the pick of the RCB bowlers with figures of 3 for 27 in four overs, while Harshal Patel also got three, conceding 47 runs.