Royal Challengers Bangalore opener Devdutt Padikkal added a new feather to his cap as he became the first player in the IPL history to hit three 50+ scores in first four matches of the tournament.
Padikkal achieved the feat on Saturday while playing against Rajasthan Royals in the match no.15 of IPL 2020. The 20-year-old batsman, who made his IPL debut this season, completed his half-century in 34 balls and it was his third fifty in just four matches that he has played so far.
Paddikal’s scores so far:
- 56(42) v Sunrisers Hyderabad in Dubai
- 1(2) v Kings XI Punjab in Dubai
- 54(40) v Mumbai Indians in Dubai
- 63 (45) v Rajasthan Royals in Abu Dhabi
Interestingly, Paddikal was acquired by Royal Challengers Bangalore for INR 20 lakhs at the player auction prior to IPL 2019. However, he didn’t get to play a single game for the men in red last season.
Meanwhile, RCB thrashed RR by 8 wickets to register their third win in the tournament.
After RR opted to bat, all-rounder Mahipal Lomror top-scored for the team with 47 off 39 balls, hitting three sixes and a four in his knock.
Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal was the most successful bowler for RCB, returning impressive figures of 3/24 in four overs.
Chasing the target, skipper Virat Kohli made unbeaten 72 (53 balls), while Padikkal scored 63 (45 balls) as RCB reached home comfortably with five balls to spare.
The victory saw RCB move to top of the IPL 2020 points table as they have six points from four games, while Rajasthan slipped to sixth position having won 2 games out of four.