Sunrisers Hyderabad may have thrashed Kings XI Punjab by 69 runs but Nicholas Pooran stole the show with the equal-fifth fastest fifty in Indian Premier League history on Thursday night.
The 25-year-old West Indies left-handed batsman reached his half-century in 17 balls, a feat only bettered by four other players in IPL history.
Pooran’s 17-ball half-century also drew him level alongside stars such as Adam Gilchrist, Chris Gayle, Chris Morris, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Sunil Narine and Ishan Kishan.
The knock, which included seven sixes and five fours before he eventually lost his wicket caught off Rashid Khan, drew praise from Kings XI captain KL Rahul.
“Pooran is just so good to watch and he’s batting really well,” Rahul said.
“He did the same thing every time he got a chance last year as well. One more thing for us to stay positive about, we know that Nicky will come good.”
However, Pooran’s innings shouldn’t detract from a fine win for David Warner’s Sunrisers who are building well, despite losing Mitch Marsh and Bhuvneshwar Kumar to injury.
The Sunrisers are one of the title favourites in 2020, having reached the playoffs the past four seasons, lifting the title in 2016 and finishing runners-up in 2018.
Warner and Jonny Bairstow’s form at the top of the innings has been key in seeing them move to a 3-3 record and into third spot on the standings.
Bairstow was named Player of the Match after his 97 from 55 balls, while Warner made his 50th half-century in IPL history, posting 52 from 40 balls in a decisive 160-run opening stand.
Bairstow and Warner are now fourth and fifth respectively on this season’s IPL list for most runs. The win was also aided by Khan’s 3-12 from four overs after Pooran threatened to change the game.