IPL 2022: KL Rahul scores his 3rd Century

IPL 2022: KL Rahul scores his 3rd Century

IPL 2022: KL Rahul scores his 3rd Century
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Lucknow Super Giants hammered an out-of-sorts Mumbai Indians to score 199 for four at the Brabourne Stadium on Saturday.

Rahul made batting look like a stroll in the park with a magnificent 56-ball century in his 100th Indian Premier League (IPL) game.

Rahul (103 not out off 60 balls) continued his spectacular record against Mumbai Indians by smashing nine fours and five sixes.

On his approach to his century, he added 52 runs for the first wicket with Quinton de Kock (24 off 13 balls), 72 with Manish Pandey (38 off 29 balls), and another fast 43 runs for the fourth wicket with Deepak Hooda (15 off 8 balls).

MI’s fielding was possibly their worst in the last four to five seasons, and it didn’t help that Rahul was in imperious form to take advantage of it.

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Due to a lack of viable options in the dugout, Rohit Sharma, the tournament’s most successful captain, appeared to be at a loss for ideas after his strategy of deploying an extra spinner in left-arm orthodox Fabian Allen (1/46 in 4 overs) failed.

Jasprit Bumrah (0/24 in 4 overs) is shouldering the load admirably, but one man can’t salvage the team from the calamity that has been this season.

Six different bowlers were deployed in the six power-play overs.

There were simply too many short balls for Rahul to play the cuts and pulls as he pleased, as well as the slog sweep and some exquisite drives when anything was pitched up.

MI’s situation was highlighted by 24 fours and seven sixes, while Tymal Mills (0/54 in 3 overs), Jaydev Unadkat (2/32 in 4 overs), and Murugan Ashwin (1/33 in 4 overs) all tried their hardest but failed.

Between overs 13 and 16, Rahul and company scored 60 runs, and the fact that the five-time winners had one of their worst days in the outfield, failing to cut the boundaries even after getting hold of the ball, didn’t help their cause.

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MI is suffering from the lack of Trent Boult, Krunal Pandya, and Rahul Chahar, and getting 16 middle-of-the-road players for merely 18 Crore hasn’t shown to be a sensible financial decision thus far.

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