Devdutt Padikkal Rahul produced the first century of the IPL 2021 plundering an unbeaten knock of 104 against Rajasthan Royals on Thursday. What made the knock even more special was not only the fact that it was the youngster's first IPL hundred. His knock contained 11 fours and 6 sixes, powering RCB to a 10 wicket win. Paddikal was was in prime form during the Vijay Hazare trophy slamming a few centuries. The Karnataka batsman was ably supported by Virat Kohli who remained unbeaten on 72 off 47 balls. 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.
Earlier, Shivam Dube and Rahul Tewatia played knocks of 46 and 40 runs respectively to steer Rajasthan Royals to 177/9 in their allotted 20 overs against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) here at the Wankhede Stadium on Thursday. Put in to bat first, Rajasthan has the worst possible start as they lost both openers Jos Buttler (8) and Manan Vohra (7) inside four overs. The fall of wickets did not stop as David Miller too departed on a two-ball duck. Pacer Mohammed Siraj picked his second scalp of the day as he caught Miller in front of the wickets. Skipper Sanju Samson and Shivam Dube tried to stitch the innings and added some quick runs for the fourth-wicket stand. The duo added 25 runs before Kane Richardson removed Samson (21) and broke the partnership in the eighth over. Riyan Parag joined Dube in the middle. The duo build the innings and added 66 runs off 39 balls for the fifth wicket. Dube looked in great touch and Parag supported him nicely in the partnership. Parag's 25-run stint was ended by Harshal Patel in the 14th over. In the last over, Rajasthan lost Morris (10) and Chetan Sakariya (0) but Shreyas Gopal added seven crucial runs off four balls. For RCB, Siraj and Harshal Patel bagged three wickets each.