Yashasvi Jaiswal hits a stunning maiden century in 1000th IPL match: equaling Jos Buttler's huge feat
RR had yet another brilliant partnership at the top of the order. Yashasvi Jaiswal and Jos Buttler added 72 runs for the first wicket in 7.1 overs. Buttler got out after scoring 18 off 19, but Jaiswal carried on his form.
The left-hander kept on striking the ball and went on to score his maiden IPL century. He made a brilliant 124 off just 62 balls, with 8 fours and 16 boundaries in his inning. It was his century that allowed RR to cross the 200-run mark. Rajashthan ended at 212/7 in the first inning.
Notably, it was the third consecutive time MI conceded a 200-plus total in the ongoing tournament. With this century, Jaiswal took his tally to over 400 runs in the IPL 2023. His century was also vital because the second-highest score for RR came in extras (25).
Jaiswal's 124 is also the joint-highest IPL score by a RR batter, along with his opening partner Jos Buttler. Apart from the left-hander, none of the RR batters reached the 20-run mark in the inning. The RR opener is currently holding the "Orange Cap." He has scored 428 runs in nine innings at an average of 47.55 and a strike rate of 159.70, with one century and three half-centuries.
However, the MI bowlers looked rusty in the game. Arshad Khan picked up three wickets and ended up with 39/3 in his spell. Veteran leg-spinner Piyush Chawla also took 2/14. But other bowlers went for plenty. Riley Meredith was the most expensive bowler; he gave away 51/1 in his full quota of four overs.