Kings XI Punjab openers KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal are fast becoming the most feared opening duo in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. After starring separately in the first two games, the Karnataka mates joined hands on Sunday to blow away Rajasthan Royals in the ninth game of the tournament.
The duo shared a huge partnership of 183 runs. After a cautious start, they changed gears and never looked back. Mayank Agarwal was the one who took the attack to the Royals while Rahul looked happy to play the role of the second fiddle. Mayank Agarwal reached his fifty off just 26 balls with a six off Shreyas Gopal while Rahul took 35 deliveries for the same.
In the 15th over, Mayank Agarwal reached his century off 45 balls to register his first-ever IPL ton. His previous best was 89 which came against Delhi Capitals earlier in the tournament. The partnership was eventually broken in the 17th over when Tom Curran sent back Mayank Agarwal for 106. His stunning knock was studded with 10 fours and seven sixes.
Thanks to their massive partnership, they broke a nine-year old record for Kings XI Punjab. KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal are now the proud holder of the highest opening stand for Kings XI Punjab in the history of IPL. The previous record was held by Adam Gilchrist and Paul Valthaty for their 136-run stand against Deccan Chargers in 2011.
The Kings XI Punjab duo also had the chance to break David Warner and Jonny Bairstow’s record of highest-ever opening stand in IPL but missed the record by just three runs. Warner and Bairstow had added 185 runs for the first wicket in IPL 2019.