In the third match of Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) against Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, Nicholas Pooran gave the testimony of his brilliant fielding skills as he made a breathtaking save to deny a certain six to Sanju Samson which even stunned the commentators.
With the pitch offering nothing to the bowlers and the dimensions of the ground being smaller in size, Nicholas Pooran did his side a big favor in the clash. Rajasthan Royals came out all guns blazing after KXIP smashed as many as 223 for 2 in their allotted 20 overs.
Mayank Agarwal had amassed 106 in just 50 balls as he made a huge partnership of 183 runs with fellow opener KL Rahul to guide Punjab to the huge total. But the big total did not stop the Royals from going for the from the very first ball. Despite losing Jos Buttler cheaply, Steve Smith and Sanju Samson took the attack to the opposition.
At the end of the powerplay, the Royals reached a score of 69 for the loss of 1 wicket. Even after the end of the fielding restrictions, both the batsmen kept playing the big shots as Royals crossed the 100-run by the end of 9th over. And while nothing much was going Kings XI Punjab’s way, Nicholas Pooran gave a morale boost to the team with a stunning effort on the boundary.
On the third delivery of the 8th over bowled by Murugan Ashwin, Sanju Samson pulled a shorter delivery towards mid-wicket. The ball was clearly looking to go over the line but Nicholas Pooran had some other ideas. The West Indies star flew himself in the air over the rope to catch the ball. And just before falling outside the boundary, he smartly flicked the ball back into play to save four valuable runs for his side.
Here is a clip of that stunning save:
Pooran's brilliant save…!!https://t.co/kFAvv1ZMUt
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