Yuzvendra Chahal shined with the ball, as Royal Challengers Bangalore got their Indian Premier League campaign off to a winning start by defeating the Sunrisers Hyderabad by 10 runs at the Dubai International Stadium, on Monday.
After being sent in by SRH skipper David Warner, debutant Devdutt Padikkal and Aaron Finch got RCB off to a fantastic start, as the duo added 90 runs for the opening stand, before both the openers were dismissed off consecutive deliveries.
Virat Kohli along with AB de Villiers steadied the ship with a 33 run stand for the third wicket, before the former
was caught at deep by Rashid Khan off T Natarajan.
De Villiers (51) led the charge by smashing Sandeep Sharma for back to back sixes before being run out, as Bangalore finished with a competitive score of 163/5 at the end of their allotted 20 overs.
Chasing 164 for victory, SRH lost David Warner early to a run out. After his departure, Jonny Bairstow and Manish Pandey, stitched together a gritty partnership of 71 runs, before Pandey was caught by Navdeep Saini off Yuzvendra Chahal for 34.
Bairstow continued to attack and SRH looked to be cruising towards a comfortable win, before Chahal removed England wicket keeper and Vijay Shankar in succession to tilt the game in RCB’s favour.
Mitchell Marsh twisted his ankle while bowling and Afghanistan star spinner Rashid Khan was involved in a nasty collision that resulted in Abhishek Sharma’s dismissal.
Hyderabad were eventually bowled out for 153 in 19.4 overs, giving Virat Kohli’s men a comfortable 10 run victory in the third match of the Indian Premier League.
Navdeep Saini along with Shivam Dube claimed 2 wickets each, while Chahal was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3/18 in his 4 overs.
Indian leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal was declared the Man of the Match.
The fourth match of the IPL would be played between Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings at Sharjah on Tuesday.