Zee Media Bureau/Chaitan Papnai
New Delhi: Finally, the seventh edition of the IPL has its first centurion. And it isn`t Glenn Maxwell!
The West Indian cricketer, Lendl Simmons reached the three-figure mark on Wednesday night. Riding on the blistering knock by the opener, Mumbai Indians comprehensively beat table toppers Kings XI Punjab in the 48th match of League.
While Batting first, KXIP managed to put up a fighting total of 156 runs on board after being invited to bat by MI skipper Rohit Sharma. But when the 25-year-old Trinidad batsmen came in the middle to open the innings with Michael Hussey, he made his intentions clear by scoring three boundaries off the first over of the innings, bowled by Sandeep Sharma.
Simmons completed his fifty in the sixth over, with the help of ten boundaries and used mere 27 balls. But he didn`t get carried away and nicely paced his innings and throughout his knock made sure that the run-rate never dipped.
The West Indian took mere 61 balls to complete his hundred with the help of fourteen boundaries and two sixes, with strike rate of 163.93.
Initially, Simmons was not part of the Mumbai squad, but injury of Jalaj Saxena in the middle of the tournament, gave the franchise a chance to get him in the team. The right-hander`s inclusion has paid off well so far, with two fifties and a hundred in the five matches he has played. His consistency has been the key for MI. In fact, his inclusion was the turning point for the Rohit Sharma-led side, as Mumbai found their mojo back.
So it`s a well deserved hundred by Simmons, which still keeps MI in the hunt for the playoffs.