IPL 2020: Twitter Reacts After Yuzvendra Chahal's Magical Spell Leads RCB To A 10-Run Win Over SRH
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IPL 2020: Twitter Reacts After Yuzvendra Chahal’s Magical Spell Leads RCB To A 10-Run Win Over SRH

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Yuzvendra Chahal celebrates with RCB teammates [Photo-Twitter]

RCB has got off to a winning start to their Dream11 IPL campaign thanks to a game-changing spell from Yuzvendra Chahal and brilliant backup by Navdeep Saini as SRH suffered a late-innings implosion to lose 8-32 to get bowled out for 153 in the 20th over.

Chasing 164, SRH got off to a rollicking start with David Warner and Jonny Bairstow stroking some lusty blows off Dale Steyn and Umesh Yadav in the first 2 overs.

But just as the duo were threatening to do an encore of their 2019 exploits, tragedy struck! After smoking Umesh Yadav for a four and six, Jonny Bairstow followed it up with a crunching straight-drive, only for it to ricochet on the stumps off Yadav’s hand.

David Warner was left stranded short of the crease, giving RCB a much-needed break. The dismissal, however, did not have any bearing on the scoring-rate thanks largely to Umesh Yadav’s poor line and lengths.

And, Manish Pandey and Jonny Bairstow made full use of Yadav’s indisciplined bowling as the fast bowler leaked 35 runs in 3 overs.

With the duo going great guns, Kohli turned to his trump card in Yuzvendra Chahal. Chahal got turn from the wicket but Bairstow and Pandey proceeded to milk him for singles in his first two overs, taking the score to 1-78 after 10 overs.

Navdeep Saini [2-25 in 4 overs] was the pick of the fast bowlers and he very nearly got the prized scalp of Bairstow with Aaron Finch nearly pulling off a stunner at cover-point.

Yuzvendra Chahal, however, was finally rewarded for his brilliant bowling as he lulled Manish Pandya in a mistimed lofted drive to give RCB a much-needed wicket, after an unsuccessful DRS call for caught-behind off the preceding delivery.

It could have been two in two for RCB but for Dale Steyn, who missed a skier of Jonny Bairstow off the bowling of Umesh Yadav.

And, just to make it worse, Bairstow then proceeded to clobber the half-tracker from Umesh to bring up his half-century and then follow it up with a crunching cover-drive to bring the equation down to 56 off the last 6 overs. Bairstow looked like a man in total control and couldn’t have been more evident than when he sliced Dale Steyn past the keeper for a boundary. Devdutt Padikkal nearly pulled off a stunner at deep mid-wicket to dismiss Bairstow but for the ball to dribble out of his hand.

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Yuzvendra Chahal [Photo-Twitter]
Bairstow was eventually dismissed by Chahal, who displayed today why he is one of the best white-ball spinners of the modern era. And, he followed it with a vicious googly to breach Vijay Shankar’s defenses to bring RCB back in the game. Chahal finished with astounding figures of 3-18 in 4 overs, conceding just one boundary during his spell. Bairstow’s wicket opened the pandora box of wickets for RCB as Priyam Garg and Abhishekh Sharma were dismissed in the very next over of Shivam Dube. While Garg failed to connect the scoop and deflected the ball at his stumps, Sharma got into an unfortunate collision with Rashid Khan mid-pitch leading to a runout.

Kohli turned to Saini for the 18th over and the talented fast-bowler, after having conceded 5 wides, came back well to bamboozle Bhuvneshwar Kumar and the danger man Rashid Khan’s stumps to further strengthen RCB’s hold over the run-chase.

Mitchell Marsh showed brilliant courage by coming out to bat despite being injured but he lasted just one delivery as Kohli completed an easy catch of Dube’s bowling.

 

Devdutt Padikkal and AB de Villiers half-centuries led the way for RCB against SRH

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Devdutt Padikkal (Credits: Twitter)

Devdutt Padikkal had come into IPL 2020 on the back of great reputation courtesy his exploits in the domestic season last year.

And, the southpaw only enhanced it in his opening game as he took the attack to the SRH bowlers, smoking them to all corners of the ground in the powerplay.

SRH was dealt with an injury blow when Mitchell Marsh limped off the field due to injury. Vijay Shankar came in to complete Marsh’s over and ended up giving away 10 runs, including two back-to-back no-balls.

RCB clobbered 53 runs in the first powerplay, post which Warner introduced Rashid Khan into the attack.

Padikkal soon went on to compile his maiden IPL half-century with a slog sweep to become the 8th Indian and the first since Kedar Jadhav in 10 years to rack up a 50 on IPL debut.

Sunrisers came back brilliantly with back-to-back dismissals of Padikkal and Finch. Virat Kohli and AB ran brilliantly between the wickets but with boundaries drying up, Kohli perished for the cause due to a mistimed stroke off T Natarajan.

AB de Villiers turned up the heat in the last 2 overs, smoking Sandeep Sharma for outrageous sixes. In the process, AB not only completed 200 sixes for RCB but also notched up his 37th 50+score in IPL history.

AB got run-out in the final over, as did Shivam Dube, as RCB eventually ended up with 5-163 in 20 overs, something that SRH would have gladly taken at the halfway stage when RCB were going great guns at 0-86.

 

Here’s how Twitter reacted to RCB’s win over SRH-

https://twitter.com/sagarcasm/status/1308091996502810624

 

https://twitter.com/Sarcasmiclol/status/1308095953702797312?s=19

https://twitter.com/karwaan123/status/1308075697928171522?s=19

https://twitter.com/Sarthak__18/status/1308060369684815872?s=19

Yash Mittal

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