The talented West Indian in Nicholas Pooran finally showed his worth of what he can do at the biggest stage as he blasted a 17 ball 50 that included some humongous sixes for which the SRH bowlers had no clue to it. KXIP lost their in-form opener in Mayank Agarwal due to a bad mix up as he was run out for 9.
KXIP captain KL Rahul was never going to give them the brisk start as he wanted to take the innings deep and was focusing on rotating the strike and didn’t play big shots. KXIP were chasing a huge target of 202 runs and they needed someone to play a blinder and it came in the form of Nicholas Pooran.
The 25 year old southpaw came out with a positive intent and looked aggressive right from the word go. He showed no mercy to his favorable match ups in Abhishek Sharma and Abdul Samad where both the bowlers bring the ball back into him. He was hitting monstrous sixes off them and one such shot that Nicholas Pooran hit was a massive 106m six that was deposited into the top tier.
Nicholas Pooran tried hard to take KXIP to close to the target but he got out to Rashid Khan for 37 ball 77 with 7 sixes and 5 fours. In the end KXIP lost the match by 69 runs chasing 202.
It was expected that Chris Gayle would play the game but he fell sick at the last minute that KXIP had to change their combination which was even confirmed by Anil Kumble during the match when he was interviewed by the commentators. They have lost 5 out of their 6 games and they need to win at least 6 games in their next 8 matches to stand a chance to qualify for the playoffs.
They will be hoping for the return of Chris Gayle in their next match against Kolkata Knight Riders in Abu Dhabi on 10th of October.