Punjab Kings (PBKS) suffered a batting collapse for the second time in four matches as they were rocked by a terrific bowling performance from Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). Earlier, PBKS had won the toss and opted to bat first while bringing in the likes of Moises Henriques, Fabian Allen and Murugan Ashwin. Their opponents SRH also brought in Kane Williamson, Kedar Jadhav and Sidhharth Kaul.
It was SRH who drew first blood by removing PBKS skipper KL Rahul early on. The wickets then kept tumbling as no batsman in the side was able to hold their own and score runs with ease against a disciplined bowling attack. Abhishek Sharma picked up two wickets while the rest of the bowers chipped in with wickets in regular intervals at well. The innings was clearly a warning sign for PBKS as they look vulnerable to a collapse when the conditions are tricky.
Nicholas Pooran gets out for a duck; Twitter reacts
Among the wickets in PBKS’ batting collapse was that of West Indian batsman Nicholas Pooran who got out for a diamond duck. His batting partner Chris Gayle had knocked the ball and called for a quick single. Despite Pooran’s attempts to make it back, it was a bad call from his partner and it costed in a wicket as SRH skipper David Warner struck with a direct hit at the striker’s end where Pooran was running to.
Pooran’s duck was his third in the season. While he was caught in the other two instances, this was a catch dismissal. The West Indian had scored 9 in the other match. He has clearly struggled for form so far and it remains to be seen if PBKS will continue to back him.
Here is how Twitter reacted to Pooran’s third duck.