Sunrisers Hyderabad's inexperienced middle-order was badly exposed in their opening match of IPL 2020 as they lost their last eight wickets for just 32 runs to hand Royal Challengers Bangalore a 10-run win in Dubai.
The stunning collapse manufactured by chief destroyer Yuzvendra Chahal began with the dismissal of Jonny Bairstow, who had done well to bring up the 11th half-century of his T20 career.
With Sunrisers requiring 43 off 29 balls, Bairstow opted for an ugly swipe off a floaty delivery from Chahal that crashed into his stumps.
Already batting short of a fit batsman due to the ankle injury to Mitchell Marsh, Bairstow's poor shot selection will leave a lot of questions regarding his ungainly miss.
His dismissal proved to be the catalyst for RCB's strong comeback into the match as Vijay Shankar was castled for a golden duck courtesy a sensational googly from Chahal.
The leggie's destructive match-defining over set up a procession of wickets with Shivam Dube and Navdeep Saini also joining the party.
In between the craziness that accompanied the flurry of wickets, Sunrisers lost young Abhishek Sharma to an awful mid-pitch collision with fellow batsman Rashid Khan, resulting in a run-out.
Saini delivered the death blow to SRH's hopes with a couple of rapid in-duckers, which disturbed the woodwork of Rashid and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Despite his team's defeat looking certain, a badly injured Marsh hobbled onto the field to make a fist of things. He limped with a grimace for a single from Sandeep Sharma and ended up the skying the first ball he faced straight to the fielder.
The solid foundation built by Bairstow and Manish Pandey's 71-run stand fractured into smithereens as faulty strokes combined with skillful bowling hastened Sunrisers' demise.
RCB's innings was glittered by two ravishing half-centuries, one from veteran AB de Villiers and the other from IPL debutant Devdutt Padikkal.
The 20-year-old Karnataka batsman got his team off to a flying start with an array of scrumptious strokes that raced away to the boundary rope.
His dismissal for an impressive 42-ball 56 was followed by a dry spell where boundaries were hard to come by for the Bangalore batters.
RCB skipper Virat Kohli failed to find fluency during his struggling innings and perished to T Natarajan for only 14.
Just when the Hyderabad bowlers looked like restricting the opposition to a mediocre total, de Villiers launched into his vintage power-hitting mode to take his team to 163-5 in their 20 overs.
The Proteas star clubbed two massive sixes off Sandeep and completed his fifty in 29 balls even though he had initially taken time to get his eye in.