IND vs ENG: KL Rahul brought up his century off just 108 balls in the 2nd ODI vs England.© AFP
KL Rahul on Friday smashed his fifth One-day International (ODI) hundred in the second match of the three-match ODI series against England. KL Rahul, who had scored a brilliant fifty in the series opener, brought up his century off just 108 balls in the 44th over of the innings. In the absence of regular number four Shreyas Iyer, Rahul was promoted up in the batting order and he grabbed the opportunity with both hands, stitching a solid 121-run partnership with skipper Virat Kohli to bail the hosts out of trouble, who at one stage were struggling after losing two wickets for just 37 runs.
KL Rahul had a few poor outings in the T20I series and was even dropped from the final T20I but that didn’t affect his 50-over form as he scored an unbeaten 62 off just 43 balls in the series opener on Tuesday.
Carrying on his form from last match, Rahul scored six fours and two sixes as he raced to three-figure mark, setting India on course for a huge total.
Apart from Rahul, Kohli also scored a brisk 66 off 79 balls but the India skipper failed to convert it into a big score as he was dismissed by leg-spinner Adil Rashid. During this knock, Kohli brought up his 10,000 ODI runs batting at number three position.
After Kohli’s departure, Rishabh Pant, who replaced the injured Shreyas Iyer in the playing XI, justified his selection with his trademark counter-attacking knock.
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