NEW DELHI: Lucknow Super Giants batter Nicholas Pooran was on a six-hitting spree on Tuesday, and in the process, he became the 36th player to hit 100 or more sixes in the history of Indian Premier League (IPL) while playing against Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) in Bengaluru.

The highlight of Pooran’s five sixes, during his unbeaten 21-ball 40 runs knock, was his monstrous 106m biggie, his second of the innings and the milestone 100th one, which delighted the crowd to the fullest.

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Pooran launched an attack on England pacer Recce Topley, hitting him for three back-to-back sixes in the penultimate over of the innings. Pooran didn’t stop there, as he dispatched Mohammed Siraj for two consecutive sixes, taking his his overall tally to 103*, in the final over of the innings to guide LSG to 181/5.

Pooran’s balls/six ratio is only bettered by KKR’s Andre Russell among the 36 players with 100+ sixes in IPL:

  • 6.6 A Russell (200 sixes)
  • 8.6 N Pooran (103)
  • 9.3 C Gayle (357)
  • 10.4 K Pollard (223)
  • 11.0 G Maxwell (159)

Earlier, opener Quinton de Kock (81 off 55 balls) gave LSG a flying start to set the tone for a big total. LSG went off the block quite quickly, reaching 32 for no loss in three overs and then making it 54 in the Powerplay.
De Kock, who brought his fifty in 36 balls, hit 8 fours and 5 maximums during his stay in the middle to break RCB’s back.


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