KXIP opener Mayank Agarwal plucks the feather out of RR bowlers to score a 45-ball century

Mayank Agarwal took only 19 balls to get to his ton after crossing the 50-run mark.

Mayank Agarwal
Mayank Agarwal. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) locked horns in Sharjah on a super Sunday. As many as 416 runs were scored at the venue during the match between RR and CSK and there were also hopes that the game on Sunday will also live up to the same billing. And the KXIP openers, Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul, didn’t disappoint after the Royals opted to bowl first upon winning the toss.

After getting their eyes in for the first couple of overs, Agarwal started to open his arms and he was easily successful. The short boundaries weren’t making it easy for the bowlers either and add to it, Agarwal’s class who was just hitting straight on most occasions with finesse. There was no respite for the likes of Jofra Archer, Tom Curran and Jaydev Unadkat.

Even the spinners, Shreyas Gopal and Rahul Tewatia, have been taken apart. To everyone’s surprise, KL Rahul played second fiddle to his opening partner. Mayank Agarwal got going literally from the word go not giving any chances to the opposition bowlers to settle.

Agarwal gets to his 50 in 26 balls

In the process, Agarwal got to his fifty off just 26 balls and it was almost raining sixes off his bat. After playing the waiting game in the opening game against Delhi Capitals during his exceptional 89, the Karnataka lad proved that he can sensational even while attacking from the first ball. After crossing the 50-run mark, Mayank Agarwal shifted his gears even more smacking the hapless bowlers off every delivery.

KL Rahul joined him in fun as well as the duo kept on smashing the ball all along the ground. The Royals bowlers expected the carnage but this hitting was of another level and they were out of answers literally. The best thing about Mayank’s batting was all his shots were proper textbook strokes and none of them were a slog.

It took only 19 deliveries for Agarwal to get to his century after scoring 50 off 26 balls and the Royals literally couldn’t get a breakthrough in their 14 overs. The KXIP opener got to the three-figure mark in the 15th over off Gopal and deservedly got a standing applause from whoever were present at the venue. He smacked seven sixes to get to his hundred and got out to Tom Curran only in the 17th over for 106. Agarwal got to his century in 45 deliveries to smack the second fastest century by an Indian in the IPL ever.

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