KXIP has come up with their third victory in a row after beating the table-toppers Delhi Capitals by 5 wickets. Punjab, who won only one match in their first 7 matches, have won three matches against the top teams i.e RCB, MI and DC. With this victory Punjab has come back strongly in the tournament. Not long ago they were at the bottom but suddenly they have now leapt to the 5th place. Thanks to the the staggering batting show by Nicholas Pooran who made 53 runs off 28 balls.
Pooran’s Brutal Batting Show
Nicholas Pooran who was seen dejected after a mix-up with Mayank Agarwal resulting in the exit of the latter. But by the end he was all smiles as he delivered a fabulous victory for KXIP and have kept the dreams of knockout qualification alive.
When Mayank Agarwal was run-out, it was a tricky period for KXIP as they already lost KL Rahul and Chris Gayle for 56 runs. But Pooran, despite being cowed down, handled the pressure very well and came up with a brutal innings. He hit three sixes to Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel and Tushar Deshpande. He has a fair share of luck as well as several edges fell short or eluded the fielders.
Dhawan’s Blistering 100
Earlier Shikhar Dhawan hit his 2nd century in a row. In his first 167 IPL games he had no hundreds to his name but in the next two he came up with two hundreds. Dhawan took on the spinners of KXIP i.e Ravi Bishnoi, Murugan Ashwin and Maxwell as he scored 61 runs off 32 balls. KXIP will next play Sunrisers Hyderabad on 24th October at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai.
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