Sharjah: Mayank Agarwal outshone his Kings XI Punjab captain KL Rahul with a maiden IPL hundred because the duo pummelled the Rajasthan Royals bowlers into submission to submit an imposing 223 for two right here on Sunday.
Agarwal (106) and Rahul (69) stitched 183 runs for the opening stand, the best partnership for any wicket thus far this season as they took aside the Royals bowlers who had been additionally wayward of their line and size.
The duo simply missed the document of highest opening wicket partnership in IPL historical past by a mere two runs when Agarwal was out within the 17th over after hitting 10 fours and 7 sixes throughout his magnificent 50-ball knock.
Nicholas Pooran then hit 25 not out from simply eight balls whereas Glenn Maxwell additionally remained unbeaten on 13.
Rahul was content material to taking part in second fiddle to Agarwal although the KXIP captain additionally made some sensible pictures throughout his 54-ball knock studded with seven fours and a six, persevering with his wealthy vein of type after his 132 not out in opposition to Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Agarwal surged forward of his captain by reaching his fifty (from 26 balls) in model with a six off Shreyas Gopal and adopted it up with one other most to deliver up KXIP’s 100 within the ninth over.
KXIP reached 110 on the midway mark.
The Royals captain Steve Smith stored on shuffling his bowlers and spinner Rahul Tewatia was hit for 19 runs within the eighth over, which included two sixes and a 4.
The Royals bowlers had no clue how you can cope with the marauding opening duo. Solely Ankit Rajpoot conceded lower than 10 runs an over.