IPL 2023: Top 10 batting performances from group stage
While there were eight centurions, some players who did not hit centuries too grabbed the spotlight with their breathtaking knocks.
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9. Nicolas Pooran 62 vs RCB
Nicolas Pooran has had his best IPL season with the bat this time. And his innings at Chinnaswamy Stadium this year was pure batting madness. Pooran came to bat in a tricky situation when Lucknow Supergiants were struggling at 99 for 4 chasing 213 runs. But, from the second ball itself, he made his intentions very clear when he smashed Karn Sharma for a humungous six.
Looking at the dimensions of the ground, he picked his spots and played accordingly. The Windies batter again took on Sharma over the square of the wicket for back-to-back sixes. But Pooran had set a different plan for Wayne Parnell's over as he targeted the leg side and collected 15 off four balls. Though he got out much earlier, but he got LSG close to the target.
By the time he left the ground, Lucknow needed 24 off the last three. During the course of this innings, Pooran registered this season's fastest half-century which was later broken by Yashasvi Jaiswal. Pooran continued this fiery form the entire season and now the onus is upon him to deliver in the knockout stage as well.