The 9th game of IPL 2020 was played between Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab. The game can be called nothing short of iconic and produced several moments that will find a place in the memory lane of several fans. The game started with Rajasthan Royals winning the toss and choosing to bowl first. Kings XI Punjab got a blistering start with both their openers posting solid individuals scores on the board. The hero of the first game Mayank Agarwal scored a sensational century and was well supported by KL Rahul who continued from where he left off in the last game and scored 69 runs. Nicholas Pooran also found his rhythm and scored 25 runs off just eight balls.
Rajasthan Royals had a shaky start of the game after losing Jos Buttler early in the innings. Steven Smith and Sanju Samson who was adjudged man of the match stabled the innings and were on their way to make the game a memorable one.
Nicholas Pooran wins heart with his superhuman effort:
Steve Smith and Sanju Samson were on song and looked set for a high total. However, Nicholas Pooran produced a sensational effort in what can arguably be claimed as the ‘save of the century.’ The Caribbean keeper dived full length across the boundary at deep mid-wicket to take a sensational catch with his left hand while being completely in the air. When Pooran felt he lost his balance, he threw the ball inside the boundary side milliseconds before falling on the ground to save a certain four runs for his side.
Nicholas Pooran defies gravity and saved four runs! pic.twitter.com/MgsKAuzisO
— Suby #ReleaseSanjivBhatt (@Subytweets) September 27, 2020
The catch attracted a lot of praise from all the people present on the ground and on people glued with their television screens. Virendra Sehwag also applauded the catch which looked nothing less of a superhuman effort. The former Indian opener took to twitter to praise Pooran for the sensational catch. He tweeted “Gravity naamak cheez hi bhula di. Aisa kaise. Defied Gravity, Pooran. What a save.”
Gravity naamak cheez hi bhula di. Aisa kaise.
Defied Gravity, Pooran. What a save. pic.twitter.com/1HReADpmVh
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) September 27, 2020
The game ended with a victory for Rajasthan Royals after a sensational effort from Rahul Tewatia who cleared the ropes five times in a Sheldon Cottrell over to win a game from the jaws of defeat.