RR vs PBKS: Sanju Samson becomes first man to hit hundred on IPL captaincy debut after 63-ball 119

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Sanju Samson, successful his archetypal lucifer arsenic a skipper successful the Indian Premier League, deed a 63-ball 119 arsenic the caller Rajasthan Royals skipper came up with a valiant sound successful pursuit of 222 against Punjab Kings astatine Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium. Samson is present lone the 2nd Indian batsman aft Virat Kohli to deed much than hundreds successful the Indian Premier League.

Rajasthan Royals fell agonisingly abbreviated of the people by 4 runs arsenic Sanju Samson's 119 was not enough. Punjab Kings held connected their nerves to clinch the triumph successful the opening match.

RR vs PBKS, IPL 2021: Highlights

However, it was an IPL grounds for Sanju Samson. With his 119, helium became the archetypal subordinate to deed a 100 connected captaincy debut successful the T20 league. He went past Shreyas Iyer's tally of 93 -- which was the erstwhile grounds for the highest people by a subordinate connected IPL captaincy debut.

Most hundreds successful the IPL

Chris Gayle - 6 successful 133 matches
Virat Kohli - 5 successful 193 matches
David Warner - 4 successful 143 matches
Shane Watson - 4 successful 145 matches
AB de Villiers - 3 successful 170 matches

Sanju Samson - 3 successful 108 matches

Sanju Samson deed arsenic galore arsenic 7 sixes and 12 boundaries arsenic helium single-handedly took the Royals adjacent to the decorativeness enactment successful a mammoth pursuit of 223. Samson got precise small enactment from the established Royals stars arsenic the likes of Ben Stokes (0) and Jos Buttler (25) failed to occupation the scorers.

Earlier successful the evening, Punjab Kings skipper KL Rahul came adjacent to his 3rd IPL 100 but fell for 91 successful the last implicit of their innings. But Sanju Samson, who played a pivotal relation for the Royals successful a steep chase, did not miss his accidental and made the astir of a terrific batting transportation successful Mumbai.

Sanju Samson was named skipper of the Rajasthan Royals for the 2021 IPL aft the franchise released Steve Smith. And helium decided to pb from the beforehand successful his archetypal lucifer arsenic RR skipper and equalled AB de Villiers's grounds with a 3rd IPL hundred.

Coming successful to bat astatine No.4 aft Mannan Vohra and Ben Stokes fell cheaply, Sanju Samson took the PBKS bowlers to the cleaners. Aided by cameos from Jos Buttler, Shivam Dube and Riyan Parag, the RR skipper played immoderate mesmerising shots to permission the Punjab bowlers hapless.

Sanju Samson had scored his 1st IPL 100 4 years agone and deed his 2nd 100 successful 2019. Only Chris Gayle (6), Virat Kohli (5), David Warner and Shane Watson (4) person much hundreds than Samson and de Villers successful the Indian Premier League.