Sanju Samson becomes first man to get hundred on IPL captaincy debut

Samson, who hammered a 54-ball 100, reached the milestone with a boundary off Jhye Richardson.

Sanju Samson spearheaded Royals's run chase with a brilliant hundred.   -  BCCI/IPL

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.

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.

RR vs PBKS (KXIP) Highlights: Sanju Samson century in vain, Punjab Kings wins thriller  

Samson got two reprieves - once on 12 when he was dropped by KL Rahul and again on 35 by Mayank Agarwal.

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.