Nicholas Pooran smashes 28 runs: The West Indies batsman has registered the fastest half-century of Indian Premier League 2020.
During the 22nd match of the ongoing 13th season of the Indian Premier League between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab in Dubai, Kings XI Punjab batsman Nicholas Pooran smashed as many as 28 runs off Sunrisers Hyderabad all-rounder Abdul Samad.
Coming in to bat at No. 4 in the fifth over, Pooran had a herculean task in front of them chasing a 202-run target. It was only on the fifth delivery that he faced that he hit Sunrisers pacer T. Natarajan for a six to clear his intention at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
When Hyderabad captain David Warner introduced spin in the form of Abhishek Sharma in the seventh over, Pooran hit the left-arm spinner for a couple of sixes to bring back Punjab into the match.
However, it was in the ninth over that Pooran took on Samad to register the fastest half-century of this season. Having hit four sixes and a four, Pooran left Samad clueless on the back of a brutal attack. One of Pooran’s sixes was also recorded at being 105m long.
With Pooran and all-rounder Glenn Maxwell in the middle, Kings XI require a significant partnership as they require more than 10 runs per over to win the match.
After SRH captain David Warner won the toss and chose to bat, his team scored 201/6 in 20 overs on the back of a 160-run opening partnership between Warner (52) and Jonny Bairstow (97). With bowling figures of 4-0-29-3, Punjab spinner Ravi Bishnoi was the pick of their bowlers.
Nicholas Pooran smashes 28 runs
— Mᴀᴛʜᴀɴ Wʀɪᴛᴇs (@Cric_life59) October 8, 2020
How Twitterati reacted:
— Ashwin 🇮🇳 (@ashwinravi99) October 8, 2020
Nicky Pooran is a bad bad man 💪
— Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) October 8, 2020
Nicholas Pooran. That’s the tweet.
— Shai Hope (@shaidhope) October 8, 2020
Someone forgot to tell Nicholas Pooran that this isn’t Sharjah #KXIPvsSRH
— Sambit Bal (@sambitbal) October 8, 2020
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