KL Rahul, the captain of the LSG, scored an unbeaten 103 against the five-time champion Mumbai Indians on Sunday at the Wankhede Stadium, leading to a comfortable 36-run victory for the IPL newcomers. During his 62-ball stay, the 30-year-old opener hit 12 fours and four sixes for his fourth IPL century and was his third IPL century against Mumbai, who had dropped to a new low by losing their eighth game in a row. While Rahul shined with the bat, matching Rohit Sharma’s record of most T20 century (6) by an Indian player, the LSG captain was fined a whopping Rs. 24 million for bowling at a sluggish tempo. Rahul’s overrate offence was his second of the season. For the first offence, he received a punishment of Rs. 12 lakh.

“KL Rahul was fined ₹24 lakhs and the rest of the members in the playing eleven were fined ₹6 lakhs or 25 per cent of their match fee, whichever is lower, This was the team’s second offence of the season under the IPL’s Code of Conduct relating to minimum over rate offences,” said the IPL in a statement.

During his time at the crease, Rahul looked imperious, reaching the three-figure milestone in the innings’ last over. Despite the lack of help from his other batsmen, the Karnataka batsman kept his love affair with the five-time IPL champions going. His two tonnes have come against the Mumbai Indians this season. Krunal Pandya, the all-rounder from Lucknow, took three wickets in four overs while surrendering only 19 runs. Dushmantha Chameera of Sri Lanka bowled four overs and took 0/14.

“Will have to make up for all the over rates and fines I’m getting (with his Player of the Match awards). Trying to play according to the situation, see what’s expected out of me. Enjoying batting, enjoying the responsibility. Fingers crossed I can keep doing the right things. My first thought was just getting the bat on the ball, feel good, get that single. When you’ve played in a venue that’s been good to me previously, but not so much in the last two games, just wanted to get that single first. Lucky that I could score as much as I did. I try and assess the pitch and conditions and see what’s best I could do for the team. With this team, we do bat deep. Holder is batting at eight,” said Rahul