Devdutt Padikkal grabbed a maiden fifty as Royal Challengers Bangalore posted a fighting score of 163 for the loss of 5 wickets. Earlier, SRH won the toss and elected to bowl first. This is the first match of the season for both teams. David Warner has been reinstated as SRH captain and will be looking to lead the team to a second IPL title. For Virat Kohli, the match marks the start of a hunt for a maiden title victory.
While SRH boast of big hitters like Warner and Jonny Bairstow to go with a wily bowling attack consisting of the likes of Rashid Khan and Yuzvendra Chahal, RCB will be relying on their two biggest stars in Kohli and AB de Villiers along with the likes of Aaron Finch, Moeen Ali and Yuzvendra Chahal. De Villiers smashed a quick fire fifty providing RCB with much needed flourish. . There’s been a setback for Sunrisers Hyderabad with Mitchell Marsh having to go off the field with an ankle injury.