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Dubai [UAE], September 23 (ANI): Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) batsman Aaron Finch on Wednesday praised debutant Devdutt Padikkal who essayed a spectacular fifty against SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) on Monday.

During RCB's innings, Padikkal scored 56 runs for RCB in his first match for the franchise.

SRH stumbled to a 10-run loss against RCB. The David Warner-led side was not able to chase down the target of 164 runs.

Finch said he was impressed by how the debutant carried himself during the innings. The Australian cricketer said that he had seen Padikkal bat and was happy that the debutant played his natural game.

"His composure under pressure was really important and at the start of the innings he was a little bit nervous but he played his natural game. It was really impressive the way he carried himself. Once his innings started to develop he gained confidence and that was great to see," Finch said in a virtual press conference.

"Having seen footage of him plating before, he is an aggressive opening batsman and had done really well in the under 19 and domestic cricket. I am really happy that he played his natural game," he added.

The duo stitched a 90 run stand for the first wicket before Vijay Shankar ended Padikkal stint at the crease in the 11th over.

"The conversation we had in the middle was about the game scenario what areas or which bowler we are gonna look to target," said Finch.

Finch also lauded skipper Virat Kohli and said that while playing against the Indian captain one needs to be 100 percent committed.

"I have always had the huge amount of respect of how Virat goes about his game, he is very aggressive on the field in terms of captaincy and his body language, playing against it is a great challenge, when you are playing against him you need to be 100 percent committed and when you are playing with him, it is great, he has had the better of my teams in the past so its good to be playing with him now," said Finch.

The Virat Kohli-led side will now take on Kings XI Punjab on Thursday, September 24. (ANI)

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