Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) had a dream start to the contest against Rajasthan Royals (RR) as the opening duo of Mayank Agarwal and skipper KL Rahul cracked a majestic opening stand of 183-runs; with Agarwal notching his maiden IPL hundred and scoring 106 off 50 deliveries comprising a mammoth tally of 17 boundaries (10 fours, 7 sixes) while he struck at a rate of 212.
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Meanwhile, Kl Rahul, who recently scored a ton in the last outing versus Royal Challengers Bangalore, clocked another fifty-plus total.
It was a composed and mature knock of 69 runs (54b, 7 fours, 1 six) that along with Agarwal’s ton, and the cameos played by Glenn Maxwell (13*) and Nicholas Pooran (25*) helped the Punjab franchise post 223 runs on board.
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The manner in which he was batting and with the overs remaining, Agarwal could have easily surpassed KL Rahul’s century knock that erupted in the game against Virat Kohli-led RCB.
Being put to bat first, Kings XI Punjab started bashing the opposition bowlers from the very moment by capitalizing on the field restrictions and scored 60 runs in the powerplay.
Their innings just took off from that moment as they literally hammered every bowler in the unit across the fence, to take their team to a total of 110 runs at the end of ten overs, and by the end of 16th over the scorecard read 178 at the loss of no wickets
In the 17th over, Tom Curran who was attempting to bowl a yorker which turned out as a low full-toss managed to get the better of Mayank Agarwal as he tried to hit him for a six but was caught by Sanju Samson.
Here are some of the popular tweets that surfaced following the duo’s rip-roaring exhibition against Rajasthan Royals –