The Kings XI Punjab’s (KXIP) opening pair of KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal on Sunday literally left the Rajasthan Royal bowlers crying as the duo went on to hammer a 183-run stand for their team. The duo helped their team post a massive total of 223 runs at the loss of two wickets against Rajasthan Royals.
Highest opening partnership for KXIP
The 183-run stand between Agarwal and Rahul is the highest opening-partnership for Kings XI Punjab, surpassing the 136-run stand between Adam Gilchrist and Paul Valthaty in IPL 2011. It is also the 2nd highest partnership for any wicket for KXIP, only next to the 206-run stand between Adam Gilchrist and Shaun Marsh from IPL 2011.
Mayank and Rahul stand is also the 2nd highest partnership in IPL for opening wicket, only after the 185-run partnership between Jonny Bairstow and David Warner.
Mayank Agrawal scored a 45-ball century
Mayank Agrawal, who is playing exceptionally well in IPL 2020, scored a 45-ball century on Sunday against RR. He scored 106 runs in 50 balls and was eventually dismissed after he skied a low full toss from Tom Curran that was caught by Sanju Samson at deep mid-wicket.
Rahul was dismissed for 69 runs in 54 balls.
No change in playing XI for KXIP
Kings XI Punjab was riding high on confidence after a 97-run win over Royal Challengers Bangalore and the duo showcased why they are a dangerous combo up the top. There was a lot of anticipation earlier whether Punjab will bring Chris Gayle into the playing XI. However, Punjab fielded the same playing XI and went ahead with Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul as their openers.
Changes in Rajasthan Royal’s playing XI
Earlier, Rajasthan Royals (RR) won the toss and opted to field. Jos Buttler has been included in the RR lineup in place of David Miller. Ankit Rajpoot has further been given an opportunity by the franchise as Yashasvi Jaiswal misses out. Kings XI Punjab opted to go ahead with the same lineup that hammered Royal Challengers Bangalore by 97 runs in their previous league game.
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