Sanju Samson marked his IPL captaincy debut – the first player to do so – with a 54-ball 100 against Punjab Kings in Mumbai on Monday.
The right-handed opener hit seven sixes and 12 fours during his 63-ball innings but couldn’t take the Royals over the line. He was dismissed for 119 off the last ball as Punjab won the match by four runs.
Samson reached the milestone with a boundary off Jhye Richardson. The wicketkeeper-batsman turned a stiff chase into an exhibition of power-hitting against a defeated attack. He had reached his 50 off just 33 deliveries.
Samson got two reprieves – once on 12 when he was dropped by KL Rahul and again on 35 by Mayank Agarwal.