Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) opener Devdutt Padikkal took a stunning catch to send back Rajasthan Royals’ all-rounder Chris Morris off Harshal Patel in the last over versus Rajasthan Royals (RR) on Wednesday in Dubai.
After conceding runs in his first three overs, Harshal Patel snapped up three wickets to make up for that in the last over of RR’s innings. The second of those, that of Chris Morris, was courtesy of a stunning catch in the deep from Devdutt Padikkal.
A full delivery from Harshal Patel was swatted was sliced flat towards deep extra cover by Morris. Padikkal, who was standing well inside the boundary line, ran towards his right to get close to the fast-travelling ball; he, in fact, may have run just a bit much. Padikkal put the brakes and grabbed the ball close to his face and shoulder while going down on the ground to complete an outstanding catch.
RCB bowlers restrict RR to 149 after 77-run opening stand
RR’s innings was a tale of two halves: their batters dominated in the first half of their innings before they imploded.
After being put in to bat first, RR openers Evin Lewis and Yashasvi Jaiswal got off to a flying start with both left-handers clattering fours and sixes around the ground. The West Indian, in particular, was imperious as he hammered 3 fours and 3 sixes to take RR to 56/0 at the end of the powerplay.
Jaiswal (31 off 22) then took over the mantle stroking a couple of fours and a maximum off Daniel Christian, before the bowler dismissed him. On the other end, Lewis brought up his fifty off 31 balls. Sanju Samson joined in the fun with his first six off Yuzvendra Chahal to bring up RR’s 100 at the 11-over mark.
However, then began a procession of wickets. George Garton, the debutant, returned to pick the wicket of Evin Lewis (58 off 37), before and Chahal accounted for Mahipal Lomror (3 off 4).
Shahbaz Ahmed then pocketed for RR skipper, Samson (19 off 15), and Rahul Tewatia (2 off 3) in the 14th over. Liam Livingstone holed out in the deep off Chahal as RR slipped from 100/1 to 127/6.
Chris Morris and Riyan Parag were on their way to take RR over 150. Harshal Patel, however, after being expensive in his first three overs, picked three wickets in the last over to halt RR’s score to 149.