There is more than one reason for RCB fans to enjoy their win against SRH, their season opener. The most important thing is they got runs from the young gun in Devdutt Padikkal at the top of the order who was unleashing himself on the mediocre SRH bowlers for fun.
Mr.360 was in full flow as if he was batting through the lockdown. The bat speed, feet movement, reflexes remained intact for the superman from South Africa. But it was that one man in the bowling department who break the game wide open for Virat Kohli, Yuzvendra Chahal.
It was all but gone for RCB when Manish Pandey and Jonny Bairstow were at the crease as they stitched 71 runs between them but it was Yuzvenda Chahal who dismissed Manish Pandey and gave a little opening to RCB.
SRH, once again were in complete command as Jonny Bairstow was batting beautifully with 61 from 40 balls SRH needed a mere 43 runs from 5 overs. That is when Virat Kohli decided to make or break the game as he gave the ball to Yuzvendra Chahal who was going to bowl his last over.
Jonny Bairstow kept out the first ball of the over but couldn’t hold back himself as he attempted an ugly slog only for the ball to hit the stumps. The next batsman in Vijay Shankar came into bat only to get bamboozle by Yuzvendra Chahal's googly that hit top of middle for which the batsman had no clue whatsoever.
SRH's age old problem has haunted them once again in this match as their middle order bottled badly and didn’t stand up when the situation demanded them to be. Once their top 3 was dislodged, SRH were never in the game and their inexperienced middle and lower middle order were never going to get the job done.
Indian speedster Navdeep Saini was impressive as he clocked 145 plus more often than not. His 18th over saw him give 7 runs (that includes 5 wides) and 2 wickets. He played an important role in RCB's win as they defended 164 runs in the end.