On Saturday, May 13, 2023, the 58th game of the Indian Premier League (IPL) pitted the 2016 season champions Sunrisers Hyderabad against the KL Rahul-led Lucknow Super Giants at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.
After Hyderabad scored 182 runs in the first innings, Lucknow Super Giants accomplished the chase in spectacular fashion. The injury sustained by Windies goalkeeper Nicholas Pooran was crucial for the team led by Krunal Pandya. Pooran accumulated 44* runs in only 13 deliveries while batting alongside Prerak Mankad.
With his performance, the 27-year-old also set a new record. Pooran became only the second player in IPL history to smash three sixes off the first three balls faced. In the final three balls of the 16th over, he struck Abhishek Sharma for three successive sixes. Sunil Narine is the only other player to accomplish this feat, as he struck three sixes off Dan Christian during the IPL 2021 match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore.
LSG regains fourth place in the IPL standings.
With the assistance of Heinrich Klassen, Abdul Samad, and Anmolpreet Singh, Hyderabad accumulated 182 runs in its first innings. In pursuit of the objective, Lucknow got off to a terrible start as Kyle Mayers was dismissed for just two runs. However, the 29-year-old Prerak Mankad’s hit was decisive for the visitors.
Mankad scored 64 runs off of 45 deliveries in his second match for the squad. He remained at the crease until the end to ensure that he led his team to an outstanding victory. He was accompanied by Nicholas Pooran, whose blitzkrieg ensured Lucknow’s victory.
The victory propelled Lucknow to fourth position in the IPL standings. Currently, they have 13 points through 12 games and would like to win their upcoming matches to secure a spot in the tournament’s quarterfinal round.