The 12th edition of the Indian Premier League has seen some exciting batting from various top-order batsman and Wednesday night was yet another example of it.
KL Rahul scored his maiden IPL T20 ton as he played some exquisite shots all over the ground on a placid Wankhede track.
While Rahul was all classy at one end, his opening partner Chris Gayle was all raw power at the other end. And when you just thought, it was enough for the night, came in stand-in Mumbai skipper Kieron Pollard and blasted a 31-ball 83 as Mumbai pulled off a stunning victory, chasing 198 off the very last ball of the game.
Rahul’s ton was the fourth of the season with David Warner, Jonny Bairstow and Sanju Samson hitting the other three centuries of the season so far.
Here is a look at how the centurions of the seasons got to the three-figure mark.
Sanju Samson (102*)
Sanju Samson scored the first ton of IPL 2019, but in a losing cause. He scored an unbeaten 102 which helped Rajasthan put 198 on the board. His knock consisted of 10 fours and two sixes.
However, David Warner’s 69 off 37 balls coupled with Jonny Bairstow’s (45 off 28 balls) helped Sunrisers chase down the total without any fuss in 19 overs. This was Samson’s second IPL ton. He scored his first for while playing for Delhi against the Rising Pune Supergiants.
David Warner (100*)
David Warner along with Jonny Bairstow put on a batting masterclass at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium against a hapless Royal Challengers Bangalore. Together with Bairstow, he added an opening stand of 185 which is the highest ever in IPL history. Back in the IPL after missing out last year, Warner is seemingly hungry for runs.
He is also topping the run-scoring charts at the moment with 349 runs and is the proud owner of the Orange Cap at the moment.
With the World Cup coming up, Warner is shaping up well and getting better with every outing for Sunrisers.
Jonny Bairstow (114)
Playing his first ever IPL season, England-wicketkeeper batsmen Jonny Bairstow proved his worth for the Sunrisers scoring 114 against RCB who had no answers to the duo’s power-packed batting display.
He sits third on the Orange Cap list with 263 runs, striking at 160 and averaging nearly 44.
He scored at a quicker rate than Warner throughout his innings. He hit 12 fours and seven sixes and absolutely decimated the RCB bowling line-up.
KL Rahul (100*)
After Samson, Rahul ‘s ton against Mumbai Indians was the second one which came for a losing cause. Playing his second season with Kings XI Punjab, Rahul along with Chris Gayle forms a formidable batting pair.
Against Mumbai, on Thursday night, Rahul put together a batting spectacle as he scored exactly 100* of 64 balls as Punjab scored a mammoth 197/4 batting first.
His knock was designed by a total of 12 hits to the fence. He played the perfect foil to Gayle who was going great guns and smacking the bowlers to all parts of the ground. The duo added 116- run opening stand. He finally carried his bat through and got to the three figure mark in the final over of the Punjab innings.
However, Kieron Pollard’s 31-ball 83 overshadowed Rahul’s knock as Mumbai chased down the total in the final ball of their innings.
With still a month of the IPL still left, we hope to see some more centuries in this exciting 12th season which has produced some of the best IPL knocks ever.
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