Updated: April 11, 2019 12:44:38 pm
KL Rahul slammed his maiden IPL hundred against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on Wednesday. The 26-year-old Karnataka batsman reached the milestone in the final over of KXIP’s innings and remained unbeaten on 100 off 64 balls. Rahul’s majestic ton powered Punjab to a challenging 197/4 in 20 overs. The stylish opener already has two T20I hundreds to his name and with this knock takes his tally to three.
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Opening the innings for KXIP, Rahul forged an opening stand of 116 with Chris Gayle. But after the departure of Gayle (63), he started to free his arms and smoked MI’ bowlers to all parts of the ground with his effortless stroke play. Finding the gaps to perfection, he not only kept the scoreboard moving but also did not allow the run-rate to dip.
Rahul was particularly lethal on teammate Hardik Pandya as he tore into the allrounder and scored 25 runs. His fluent knock featured six fours and six towering sixes. Rahul’s ton is the fourth of season 12, after Jonny Bairstow, David Warner and Sanju Samson. Last season, Rahul had enjoyed a terrific season with Punjab as he amassed 659 runs off 14 matches.
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Reflecting on his knock Rahul said, “The way Chris and I started, we had to get to 200 but we lost our way a bit in the middle. Wasn’t easy to start with, had to take our time and then cash in. For the first six overs, the plan was to just play cricketing shots without trying too hard. After that, whoever has looked good will take charge. More often than not, it’s Chris because if he bats 12-13 overs, he basically puts us in a really good position.”
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“I delayed going after the bowling for a couple of overs as we lost some momentum after Chris got out. I am focusing only on the ball and not the bowler. (Whether they have enough) I think so, wasn’t that easy to go after the bowling. The ball did grip a bit for the spinners, hopefully, Ash can take advantage of it. Also, we have some fast bowlers who can exploit the deck,” he added.
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