The 40th match of the 2019 Indian Premier League saw Delhi Capitals overcome a stern challenge from Rajasthan Royals to eclipse Chennai Super Kings and move to the top of the points table. Despite Ajinkya Rahane’s brilliance with the bat, after he scored 105 in 63 balls, Rajasthan emerged as the second-best side against Delhi due to Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant’s match-winning prowess.
The 2019 Indian Premier League has so far seen a number of centuries, some at winning cause while we have also seen some at losing cause. So far there has been six individuals who have crossed the 100-run mark in an innings in this season, out of which four are Indians while the other two represent the Ashes playing nations.
Let’s look down at the individuals who have scored a century this season:
Playing away at Rajiv Gandhi Intl. Cricket Stadium against SRH, Sanju Samson scored the first century of the season when he smacked the Hyderabad bowlers all round the park to smash his second century in overall IPL career. In his knock of 102 not out, the Kerela player faced 55 deliveries at an S/R of 185.45. He hit 10 fours and 4 sixes in the innings.
With his help, batting first Rajasthan posted 198/2. However, SRH successfully chased the target with 1 overs remaining courtesy of a 110-run opening stand between David Warner and Jonny Bairstow.
In an innings that witnessed two centuries, Jonny Bairstow became the first foreigner to score a century in IPL 12. With a 185-run opening stand between Warner and him, the duo destroyed the RCB bowling attack to help SRH post a total of 231/2. In reply, the entire RCB batting-order collapsed as SRH won by a mammoth 118 runs.
In his innings of 114 runs, Bairstow faced 56 deliveries and scored runs with an S/R of 203.57. He hit 7 sixes and 12 fours in this fanatic innings. Jonny was declared the player of the match for this effort.
In the same match wherein Jonny Bairstow hit a century, David Warner too scored a 100 not out. Along with Bairstow, Warner demolished the RCB bowlers to help SRH post a mammoth total of 231. Personally, this was Warner’s 4th century. He faced 55 deliveries while hitting 5 fours and 5 sixes and had an S/R of 181.81.
After being guaranteed of a World Cup spot, KL Rahul dictated the MI bowling attack by scoring his first IPL century. While batting cautiously initially, KL Rahul went berserk after reaching his fifty and slammed a 64 ball hundred. His innings included 6 sixes and 6 fours; thus 60 runs of his innings came in boundaries. He scored this at an S/R 156.25.
Courtesy of his ton, KXIP managed to post 197/4 in their allotted 20 overs. However, MI clinched a thriller as Kieron Pollard slammed a 31 ball 83 to help the Indians outlasts KXIP.
With just one win in 8 matches, RCB needed something special to get back to winning ways and up their morale. Thus, their skipper, Virat Kohli, provided them with a push by scoring an incredible century in Eden Gardens against uninspired KKR to help RCB gain momentum in the tournament.
While facing 58 deliveries en route to his maiden century this season, Virat Kohli 9 fours and 4 sixes that inspired RCB to 213/4 in 20 overs. In reply, KKR fell short by 10 runs as the Bangalore team marched on to win just their second match of the season.
Last night we saw the old Rahane, the one whose shot-making prowess got him into the international cricket fold. Just a match after the RR management relieved him of his captaincy duties, the Mumbai batsman was seen to be confident as he took upon the Delhi bowlers right from the very first ball.
Rahane went on to score a century in IPL, one after seven years. During the course of the century, Ajinkya went on to hit 11 fours and 3 sixes with an S/R of 166.66. He remained not out at 105, facing 63 deliveries as Rajasthan managed to post 191/6. Even though Rahane played a breathtaking inning, still it wasn’t sufficient for RR to win the match as Delhi successfully chased the total with 6 wickets remaining.