Devdutt Padikkal has been a revelation this IPL season. And the young opener again came up with another breezy knock but Mumbai Indians pacer Jasprit Bumrah struck telling blows to keep the Royal Challengers Bangalore down to a low score in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday night.
The 20-year-old Padikkal fired his way to his fourth half-century this season but the Mumbai Indians hit back after a solid start by the Royal Challengers Bangalore to restrict them to 164-6 at the Zayed Cricket Stadium.
Padikkal conjured an enterprising 74 from 45 deliveries that was studded with 12 boundaries and a six, to become the third uncapped player to make four 50 plus scores in their debut season.
The previous two were Shikhar Dhawan while playing for the Delhi Daredevils in 2008 and Shreyas Iyer, also for the Delhi Daredevils in 2015.
Padikkal and Josh Philippe, who replaced fellow Australian Aaron Finch, had given the Royal Challengers Bangalore a blistering start after they had been told to bat by Mumbai Indians stand-in skipper Kieron Pollard.
They were quick off the blocks and had raced away by blunting the Mumbai Indians bowling attack. With such a start, a total of 200 or thereabouts had looked likely but the Mumbai Indians pulled things back.
Bumrah returned with three scalps, those of opposition captain Virat Kohli, Shivam Dube and Padikkal to dent the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Philippe made a 24-ball 33 which had four fours and a six.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: 164-6 in 20 overs (Devdutt Padikkal 74, Josh Philippe 33, AB de Villiers 15, Gurukeerat Singh 14 not out, Washington Sundar 10 not out, Jasprit Bumrah 3-14) vs Mumbai Indians.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Josh Philippe (wk), Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Washington Sundar, Dale Steyn, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Mumbai Indians: Ishan Kishan, Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard (C), Krunal Pandya, James Pattinson, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah.
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