Rajasthan Royals’ unbelievable four-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab on the Sharjah Cricket Ground on Sunday was a match stuffed with particular person efforts. For KXIP, Mayank Agarwal scored his maiden IPL century and was ably supported by his captain KL Rahul with a half-century. In reply, RR had been guided by some fabulous batting by Sanju Samson, captain Steve Smith and Rahul Tewatia, all of whom scored half-centuries.
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As RR pulled off the very best victorious chase within the historical past of the IPL, the run-fest in Sharjah will at all times stay memorable. However, amid all of the run-scoring, a close to unbelievable fielding effort by KXIP’s Nicholas Pooran has despatched people in a frenzy.
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In the eighth over of Royals’ chase, Pooran pulled off a fielding effort, to be sincere, fairly like no different. Yes, it was that good. Players securing a catch and throwing it back into the in-field earlier than touchdown contained in the boundary isn’t new, however wait till you see Pooran’s model of it. The West Indies batsman, who had already starred with the bat, hitting 25 off eight balls, with three sixes and a 4, produced a exceptional little bit of fielding – that many are calling ‘gravity-defying’ – to disclaim RR and Samson a six.
Here’s who it panned out. Third ball off the eighth over, Murugan Ashwin bowled it brief and Samson was fast to latch on to it. However, because the ball gave the impression to be clearing the boundary, Pooran, stationed at long-on, went backwards, leapt within the air, caught the ball and moments earlier than thudding on to the bottom, threw the ball back simply in time. It may sound normal, however the visible effort will make your jaws drop.
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KXIP’s fielding coach, Jonty Rhodes, broadly thought of the best fielder of all time, couldn’t maintain back his pleasure from the dugout and lauded Pooran’s efforts with claps. As anticipated, Pooran’s fielding effort gained the hearts of a number of present and former cricketers, together with former India batsman and captain Sachin Tendulkar, who known as it the ‘best save seen in his life’. Now that’s fairly one thing coming from somebody who’s performed worldwide cricket for almost 25 years.
“This is the best save I have seen in my life. Simply incredible!!” Tendulkar tweeted.
Tendulkar’s long-time opening associate for India, Virender Sehwag, who has represented KXIP previously, was blows away by the piece of fielding.
“Gravity naamak cheez hi bhula di. Aisa kaise. Defied Gravity, Pooran. What a save.”