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IPL 2021: Match 16 RCB vs RR- RCB won by 10 Wickets

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RCB– 181/0 (16.3 over)

Devdutt Padikkal- 101(52)*

Virat Kohli- 72(47)*

RR- 177/9 (20 over)

Shivam Dube- 46(32)

Rahul Tewatia- 40(23)

RESULT: RCB won by 10 Wickets

There are wins and there are wins like these. Teams dream of such performances. RCB have just swept side RR with brutal precision. 177 was always below-par at the Wankhede but nobody expected the Bangalore openers to make such a mockery of the total. Padikkal’s strokeplay was dazzling from the word go, allowing Kohli to settle and the latter also hit top gear later on in the innings. It was the young left-hander’s game though, and he fittingly produced a superb ton. Kohli too got a form-inducing half century and the target was chased down with 21 balls left without a single wicket lost. Dominant, ruthless or anything you want to name it. RR’s bowlers were erratic, and on such a pitch, that was a non-bailable offence. They will need to do some soul searching now after this loss.

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Man of the Match:

Devdutt Padikkal

It’s been special. I could only wait my turn. When I was down with COVID, all I was thinking of was to come here and play the first match here. I couldn’t do that but was keen to contribute to the team’s win. The wicket was coming on really well and we got a good start. When you get into a partnership like that, it helps as runs come from both ends. (Whether he was worried about the 100) Not really, that’s what I was telling Virat to go for it. For me it’s not about getting to a hundred, I wouldn’t mind missing out on hundreds as long as I contribute to team’s wins. Throughout the innings there were times when he was going better and then I was going better. Rotation of strike is important. We just clicked well.

—Devdutt Padikkal, Man of the Match

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Upstox Most Valuable Asset of the Match:

Unacademy Lets Crack It Sixes of the Match award:

CRED Power Player of the Match:

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Safari Super Striker of the Match:

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Dream11 GameChanger of the Match:

VIVO Perfect Catch of the Match:

Sensational to watch (the winning opening partnership). I was looking to get out there, but the way they got the deficit down between balls and runs was outstanding to watch. We haven’t played our best cricket in all facets of the game. We are never satisfied with our work. We want to improve. Probably didn’t bowl well. We had them 4 down early and then they got away. (Asked if he taught Devdutt the reverse sweep) I haven’t done any work with him yet but I will take some credit because he’s hit a couple of them really well. It’s been nice to have a little contribution thus far. Hopefully will do well in the coming games.

Glenn Maxwell

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Given how many wickets we lost upfront, we have covered up well. Ball is gripping a bit. Dube and I were talking about getting 170. Doesn’t look like there’s any dew now. Wicket is playing on the slower side. Cutters were gripping for the seamers.

Rahul Tewatia

Highest opening partnerships for RCB
181*Kohli – Padikkal v RR Mumbai 2021
167 Gayle – Dilshan v PWI Bengaluru 2013
147 Gayle – Kohli v KXIP Bengaluru 2016

Highest targets chased down without losing a wicket:
184 Gambhir – Lynn KKR v GL 2017
179 Watson – Du Plessis CSK v KXIP 2020
178 Kohli – Padikkal RCB v RR 2021 *
163 Tendulkar – Dwayne Smith MI v RR 2012

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Winning Captain, Virat Kohli (RCB):

It was an outstanding innings. He batted really well for his first season last time. There was a lot of talk about him not accelerating after getting to 30s. He’s put all that to rest. It was a good pitch to bat on to be honest, and him being tall meant that bowlers struggled with their lengths. T20 cricket is always about partnership cricket. You can’t always go big from the word go. When one guy is going well, it’s important for me to ensure that I don’t lose my wicket. It can change on other days. We spoke about it (on the 100). He told me to finish it off, I told him to get to it first. He said many will come, I said yea you can say that after you get to the landmark. He deserved to get the three-figure mark. We don’t have standout names (in bowling) but we have effective ones. We have depth in our bowling. They are professionals. We have taken the most wickets in the death overs this season so far and it’s something we take pride in. Dev’s innings was a great one but I’d also like to credit the bowlers for setting it up. (to the fans) I’d say don’t be overexcited. We’re being professional. We’re moving in the right direction.

Losing Captain, Sanju Samson (RR):

They batted really well. We did well to get that score on the board after the early wickets. We need to go back and do some homework. We need to be honest with ourselves and come back better. Need time to look into what went wrong and understand, I am sure we will comeback well. This game… It puts you down but you need to find a way and come out better.

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