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IPL 2021: RCB practice match: Devdutt Padikkal XI vs Harshal Patel XI; AB de Villiers slams 104 off 46 balls

The
match
turned
out
to
be
an
edge-of-the-seat
thriller
with
fantastic
performances
from
both
teams.
RCB
‘A’ team
led
by
Harshal
Patel
won
the
toss
and
sent
RCB
‘B’
Team,
led
by
Devdutt
Padikkal,
to
bowl.
The
‘A’
team
put
on
a
fantastic
batting
display
and
put
up
a
total
of
212
runs
led
by
AB
de
Villiers,
who
ensured
he
continued
with
his
belligerent
form.

ABD
plundered
104
off
46
deliveries,
his
knock
laced
with
7
boundaries
and
10
sixes.
The
South
Africa
veteran
was
accompanied
by
Mohammed
Azharuddin,
who
smashed
66
off
43
balls,
including
3
sixes
and
4
boundaries,
as
RCB
‘A’
team
set
a
213-run
target.

Speaking
about
his
explosive
century,
AB
de
Villiers
said
on
the
latest
episode
of
RCB
‘Bold
Diaries’,
“When
we
arrived
and
I
got
out
off
the
bus,
I
thought
it’s
crazy
that
we’re
trying
to
play
a
cricket
game
in
the
middle
of
the
day.
Luckily
the
breeze
came
up,
I
told
my
partner
at
the
crease
that
it’s
much
better
now
and
the
pitch
will
get
flatter.
We
had
fun
out
there,
I’m
pleased
with
the
runs
on
the
board.
It
was
very
scratchy
for
the
first
20
balls
out
there.
I
was
very
happy
to
get
the
runs.
There’s
nothing
more
valuable
than
just
getting
runs
right
in
the
middle.”

The
RCB
‘B’ team
came
out
to
chase
a
formidable
total
and
performed
exceptionally.
KS
Bharat
led
from
the
front
and
scored
95
runs
to
be
the
team’s
leading
scorer.
Captain
Padikkal
complemented
him
well
with
a
21-ball
36-run
performance.
The
contest
turned
interesting
towards
the
end
as
Padikkal’s
team
required
three
runs
off
the
final
two
deliveries.
However,
they
finished
the
chase
with
a
boundary
and
won
the
game
by
7
wickets.

Mike
Hesson,
Coach
and
Director
of
Cricket
Operations
was
pleased
to
see
the
battle
and
expressed
his
views
on
RCB
‘Bold
Diaries’,
“Very
good
game.
Some
good
performances
from
a
number
of
guys.
Both
top
orders
played
really
well.
The
fact
we
got
to
see
them
put
under
pressure
at
the
end
was
exactly
what
I
wanted
to
see.”

Batting
consultant
Sanjay
Bangar
was
happy
to
see
the
explosive
performances
by
both
teams,
“We
were
hoping
it
will
be
a
close
game,
but
we
saw
the
magic
of
AB
in
the
first
innings
and
Azhar
batted
really
well.
The
second
innings
effort
was
better
than
the
first
innings.
Chasing
down
a
score
of
212
and
that
partnership
between
KS
and
Dev
where
they
put
up
70
runs
in
6
overs.
What
was
pleasing
to
see
was
that
all
of
them
were
well-timed
cricket
shots.
They
weren’t
looking
to
muscle
the
ball…
A
lot
of
positives
from
this
game
and
I
am
pretty
sure
this
will
build
their
confidence
going
into
the
tournament.”

RCB
will
kick-start
their
IPL
2021
season
resumption
against
the
Kolkata
Knight
Riders
on
September
20
at
Abu
Dhabi.

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