Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) batsman Aaron Finch was full of praises for his young opening partner Devdutt Padikkal, who displayed his highly-rated talent with a half-century on IPL debut.
Finch said that he loved opening with Padikkal who is an exciting young player. Padikkal was dismissed after a 56 off 42 balls against the Sunrisers Hyderabad on Monday, but by then he had set the platform for RCB. In the process, the young batsman also made a distinction as he had previously scored half-centuries in his first-class, List A and T20 debut.
“Brilliant young player, he (Padikkal) has shown it over the last couple of years in domestic cricket, U-19 cricket, how talented he is and how destructive he could be at the top of the order. I loved opening with him. He is such an exciting young player. My advice is to play your natural game and if you are feeling it against the particular bowler keep going. Play nice and smart, and then my role changes a little bit,” Aaron Finch said in the post-match press conference.
Despite tough conditions, spinner Yuzvendra Chahal helped to put RCB back into the game as he bagged crucial wickets of Jonny Bairstow (61) and Vijay Shankar (0) in the 16th over, which changed the momentum of the game.
Speaking on Chahal, Finch said, “He has practiced a lot and he is very experienced in international cricket where you are playing in a lot of conditions with heavy dew as well. He is an ultimate professional and he got the job done under pressure which was outstanding.”
RCB posted 163/5 in their allotted 20 overs, after the SRH captain David Warner won the toss and opted to bowl at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Chasing, the SRH were bundled out for 153 in 19.4 overs.