Rajasthan Royals faced Kings XI Punjab for their second game of the season. The match was dominated by batsmen with the batter from both the sides shining throughout both the inning. Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, Steven Smith, and Sanju Samson all impressed with bat and posted amazing scores on the board.
Even the Caribbean wicket-keeper Nicholas Pooran scored a quick-fire 25 runs off eight deliveries and justified his inclusion in the team. However, Nicholas Pooran won the hearts of the audience with his fielding in the second half of the match.
Chasing 224 runs in 20 overs Rajasthan Royals were on song ad were clearing boundaries at ease. However, Nicholas Pooran produced a fielding effort in the ninth over which became the talk of the game in spite of all the power-hitting in the game.
Sanju Samson pulled a ball to mid-wicket and the projectile of the ball seemed destined for a six. Though, Nicholas Pooran had something else planned. Fielding at the midfield he leaped across the boundary at full-length to catch the ball with his left hand.
He dropped the ball just a millisecond before falling to the ground and stopped a certain four runs. Kevin Pieterson, present in the commentary box tagged the effort as the best he had seen in his life.
What a Sensational Save from this man! Nicholas Pooran shows the goodness of wicketkeeper as fielder.
— Hari Ganesh (@harimsrv) September 27, 2020
Sachin Tendulkar applauds the Nicholas Pooran for his effort:
Sachin Tendulkar who was enjoying the game from his home witnessed the effort. The Indian legend was in awe of the catch and took to Twitter to express his opinions. The former Mumbai Indians batsman is not known for his activeness on the platform but he could not control his emotions after looking at the effort. He wrote on twitter “This is the best save I have seen in my life. Simply incredible.!!”
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) September 27, 2020
Sanju Samson played a sensational inning and scored a blistering knock of 85 runs in just 42 balls. At the time of this report, Rajasthan Royals were at 162/3 after 16.2 overs and were still in the fray to win the game.