KL Rahul made the most of the Wankhede wicket as he bought up his maiden IPL century against Mumbai Indians on Wednesday. The stylish Punjab opener added 116 runs along with Chris Gayle for the opening wicket. Gayle also played a fantastic knock of a 36-ball 63 at a strike rate of 175 which included three fours and seven sixes.
Rahul soldiered on post Gayle's dismissal as Punjab lost three quick wickets. He kept the scoreboard ticking and eventually scored his first ever IPL ton. He remained unbeaten after playing a blistering knock of 64-ball 100 at a strike rate of 156.25 including six boundaries and six maximums. His blistering knock helped Kings XI Punjab get to a challenging total of 197/4 in their 20 overs. Rahul has now scored 317 runs in seven matches at a strike rate of 137.84.
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Earlier, Mumbai Indians had won the toss and decided to bowl first. The hosts will be looking to continue their winning momentum by registering their third straight win while Punjab will be hoping to do the double over Mumbai. KXIP had beaten Mumbai by eight wickets in the reverse fixture.
Kieron Pollard is the stand-in captain as Rohit Sharma pulled his hamstring during the practice session ahead of the game against Kings XI Punjab. The dashing opening batsman looked uncomfortable and was in excruciating pain. The physio immediately came and attended him. However, Sharma did not take any further part in the training as he limped back off the field.
Batting first, Kings XI Punjab got off to an electrifying start with the help of their explosive openers Chris Gayle and KL Rahul. The duo started targetting the bowlers right from the word 'Go' and entertained the Mumbai crowd with their flurry of boundaries. Last match's hero Alzarri Joseph was off-color on Wednesday as he could not bowl his full quota of four overs. He was very expensive as he went wicketless in his two overs where he gave away 22 runs at an economy of 11.