Sangakkara impressed by Bangalore youngster

23 April 2021 19:26:07 GMTPlus10

Sri Lanka legend Kumar Sangakkara admits Devdutt Padikkal's IPL century for Royal Challengers Bangalore on Thursday was "very impressive".

Sangakkara is director of cricket for the Rajasthan Royals, who batted first against Bangalore at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium, setting a target of 178.

I thought he showed a lot of maturity to bat through.

Kumar Sangakkara

The Royal Challengers made light work of the run-chase thanks to an unbroken opening stand of 181 in just 16.3 overs between India captain Virat Kohli (72 not out) and the 20-year-old Padikkal, whose 101 came off just 52 balls.

The ten-wicket win made it four victories out of four for Bangalore, who are bidding for their first IPL title, and Padikkal's brilliant innings meant that in-form overseas stars Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers were not required to bat.

The youngster hit 11 fours and six sixes against the Royals, who are bottom of the table after losing three of their first four matches, and he will be hoping to continue that form against Chennai Super Kings, who have won six of their last seven IPL matches over the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

Asked about Padikkal's performance, Sangakkara told reporters: "It was an exceptional innings. He batted really well, played the shots that he knew he could play. He anticipated some of the deliveries that were going to be bowled, with the field set.

"I thought he showed a lot of maturity to bat through. Of course, he was batting with Virat [Kohli] so there was a lot of talk about what to do and how to do it. It was very impressive."

Royal Challengers Bangalore are 8/11 to beat Chennai on Sunday, with the Super Kings 11/10, while Devdutt Padikkal is 10/3 to be his team's top batsman.

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