DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Royal Challengers Bangalore snatched the last eight Sunrisers Hyderabad wickets for 32 runs and pulled off a sensational 10-run win in the Indian Premier League on Monday.
The collapse left Hyderabad all out for 153 in 19.4 overs, after being 121-2 in the 16th over.
Legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal took 3-15 and triggered Hyderabad’s collapse when he bowled Jonny Bairstow on 61.
“We kept our composure and Yuzi comes in and completely changes the game for us,” Bangalore captain Virat Kohli said.
“Not many spinners got much out of the pitch, but tonight he showed that you can turn it if you have it in your wrists.”
Fast bowlers Shivam Dube and Navdeep Saini shared four cheap wickets in their opening match, while Hyderabad sorely missed injured allrounder Mitchell Marsh.
Marsh had to leave the field when he twisted his right ankle while bowling his first over. When the Australian came out to bat at eight down, he lasted only one delivery after he was caught at long off.
“It was a bizarre game for us,” Hyderabad captain David Warner said. “Probably that last over of Chahal was the turning point there.”
Warner was run out in the second over when Umesh Yadav dropped Bairstow off his own bowling but the ball deflected onto the stumps at the non-striker's end with the Australian caught well short of his crease.
Bairstow, who was also dropped by Dale Steyn at fine leg, hit six fours and two sixes before falling in Chahal’s last over.
Earlier, after being sent into bat, Bangalore’s 20-year-old debutant opening batsman, Devdutt Padikkal, made an impressive 56 off 42 balls, and AB de Villiers’ splendid 51 from 30 deliveries lifted the total to 163-5.
Padikkal was picked by Bangalore after the opener was the top scorer in India’s premier white-ball domestic tournaments last year.
Padikkal and Aaron Finch (29) provided a solid platform of 90 runs off 11 overs before both fell on successive deliveries.
Padikkal was clean bowled by Vijay Shankar, and Finch fell lbw to spinner Abhishek Sharma while going for a sweep shot off a fuller delivery.
Although Kohli scored only 14, de Villiers ensured Bangalore had enough runs to defend by hitting four boundaries and two sixes before he was run out in the last over.
On Tuesday, Chennai Super Kings, who defeated titleholders Mumbai Indians in their opening match, will take on Rajasthan Royals at Sharjah.
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