On Sunday, Steve Smith led Rajasthan Royals (RR) pulled off a herculean run-chase at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, creating a new IPL record. Chasing a target of 224 against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), the Royals won by 4 wickets with 3 balls remaining.
After the early wicket of Jos Buttler (4), captain Steve Smith (50) and Sanju Samson (85) anchored the chase. Both added 81 runs for the second wicket partnership, keeping Rajasthan in the game. Towards the end, it was all-rounder Rahul Tewatia (53) who changed the game, hitting 5 sixes in the 18th over against Sheldon Cottrell.
Earlier for KXIP, skipper KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal gave a flying start, scoring 183 runs for the opening wicket in just 100 balls. Mayank smashed his maiden IPL hundred, hitting 10 fours and 7 sixes.
Superman effort by Nicholas Pooran
The highlight of the match was Pooran’s acrobatic save in the field, best cricket has ever witnessed.
It all happened on the third delivery of the 7th over bowled by Murugan Ashwin. The batsman, Sanju Samson hit the ball towards the small Sharjah boundary for almost a six. But Caribbean superstar Nicholas Pooran went flying, stretched himself to grab the ball and tossed it back to the field, saving 4 runs for his team. It was just amazing to watch how Pooran released the ball millisecond before falling outside the boundary.
Here is the video:
— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) September 27, 2020
The greatest piece of fielding I’ve ever, ever seen.
Nicholas Pooran. My god. pic.twitter.com/2EHoF8Hf7G
— Ryan Elliott (@RyanEJourno) September 27, 2020
— Hotstar Canada (@hotstarcanada) September 27, 2020
After beholding such brilliance, KXIP’s fielding coach and legend Jonty Rhodes couldn’t hold himself and gave Pooran a standing ovation.
Watch it!! Jonty Rhodes bowing down to Pooran wow🔥👌🏼 pic.twitter.com/glHkm0iP5k
— Suhas (@iamsuhas29) September 27, 2020
God of Cricket, Sachin Tendulkar also impressed by Pooran’s effort, tweeted, “This is the best save I have seen in my life. Simply incredible!!“.
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) September 27, 2020
Rajasthan Royals will face Kolkata Knight Riders in their third game at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Wednesday, September 30.