Ruturaj Gaikwad scores his maiden IPL century to help CSK put up a mammoth target of 189 for RR

Gaikwad scored 101 in just 60 balls. He becomes the only second uncapped Indian player to score a century in IPL after 2010. With this amazing innings, he has now overtaken K.L. Rahul to become the orange cap winner.

There is a reason why CSK has been an amazing team this year, and that reason is named Ruturaj Gaikwad. The 24-year-old is having one wonder of a season for his side and on Saturday in the match against Rajasthan Royals, he added another feather to his cap by scoring a timely century.

It was not an ideal start for CSK, as the Rajasthan bowlers seem to have tied a noose around Faf du Plessis and Gaikwad. They didn’t allow them to open their arm to score freely as they like it. As a result which du Plessis departed early than Chennai would have liked. Promoted up the order Suresh Raina also fell prey to the bait set up in front of him in the form of spinner Rahul Tewatia.

Ruturaj stood on one end watching the wickets fall on the other end. He tried to stabilize the scorecard with Moeen Ali who played a stabilizing inning of 21 runs in 17 balls. The English batter too however fell to the spinning genius of Tewatia. While on the other hand, Ruturaj kept the act of attacking batting as he smoked the pace bowlers and spinners alike to bring up his fifty at a slower but better pace.

In the 15th over, he decided to change the gears and took on Tewatia for 12 runs. Then in the 17th over he hit Akash Singh, a debutant for 17 runs. This was for the first time when the magical figure of 100 started looking like a possibility and Gaikwad was not going to miss out on it at all. Then he took on the mysterious Mustafizur to enter the nervous 90s. the final over was a tricky one as Jadeja who seem to be in sublime form too hit the first four balls of the final over for 15 runs.

At one point it felt as if Jadeja’s intention to score as many runs as possible will leave the young Gaikwad marooned on the score of 95. However, it was not to. On the fourth ball of the over, Jadeja took a single in the cover region to bring Gaikwad back on strike. After missing the fifth ball of the over, the youngster connected a sweet slog over the mid-wicket region to bring up his century.

Gaikwad scored 101 in just 60 balls. He becomes the only second uncapped Indian player to score a century in IPL after 2010. With this amazing innings that comprised of 9 fours and 5 sixes, he has now overtaken K.L. Rahul to become the orange cap winner.

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