Kings XI Punjab's Mayank Agarwal on Sunday, 27 September, scored his first IPL century in an epic opening partnership with captain KL Rahul against Rajasthan Royals at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Mayank reached three figures in 45 balls smashing as many as seven sixes and nine fours along the way. He was eventually dismissed on 107 off 51 balls by Tom Curran.
Mayank had earlier scored 89 in KXIP's opening match against Delhi Capitals and almost led his side to victory in the process. He followed that up with 26 in the next match which was dominated by Rahul's record 132.
Mayank on Sunday had put up 172 runs with Rahul when he reached his century. By the time he was dismissed, the partnership had swollen to 183. They were two short of the highest ever opening partnership in the IPL that was set by Jonny Bairstow and David Warner for SunRisers Hyderabad last season. This is overall the third-highest opening partnership in the tournament, one run behind the 184 scored by Chris Lynn and Gautam Gambhir for Kolkata Knight Riders in 2017.
It is the highest opening stand for KXIP and the second highest overall for the team, behind the mammoth 206 put up by Adam Gilchrist and Shaun Marsh for the second wicket against Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2011.
Twitter heaped praised on Mayank after his century.
i find @mayankcricket classy in whatever he does with the bat, in whichever format. Even allowing for batsmen friendly conditions, superb century— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) September 27, 2020
Talk about taking your batting to the next level...Wow!— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) September 27, 2020
Mayank Agarwal #RRvKXIP
From being a T20 dasher to becoming a quality test opener to scoring a very classy T20 century, @mayankcricket is showing us such a delightful range to his batting.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 27, 2020
What a knock from Mayank Agarwal, at one stage he was struggling to score runs, started his innings slowly but soon took the charge and played a magnificent knock. pic.twitter.com/QdlIS85tZi— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) September 20, 2020
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