Cassian Baliarsingh

A scintillating half-century by young talented batsman Abhishek Sharma guided Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) to a comfortable four-wicket win over Punjab Kings PBKS) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) match at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Sunday.

SRH finished their league stage campaign with 17 points in 14 matches and is currently placed at second spot in the points table.

Abhishek slammed his third fifty of the season, off 21 balls. He scored 66 runs in 28 balls including six sixes and five boundaries before losing his wicket to Shashank Singh in the 11th over.

During his knock, he also created history by becoming the first Indian batter to smash 39 sixes in an IPL season. Previously, Virat Kohli held the record with 38 maximums in the 2016 edition of the tournament.

Sharma’s 66 runs came in just 28 balls and managed to strike 6 sixes in his innings to take the record. 

Even SRH captain Pat Cummins couldn’t stop praising him and said, “Amazing. I have said it a few times, I won’t be happy to bowling to him. He’s a clean striker of the ball and runs down the track against the spinners. Thankfully, he’s on our side.”

However, Virat Kohli is not too far behind from Abhishek Sharma and it will be a battle between the two cricketers for the title as both sides are set to go into the playoffs. 

Abhishek, who is reportedly training under the guidance of former cricket legend Yuvraj Singh, has been outstanding with the bat.

Having scored 401 runs through the season, he remains a crucial element in SRH’s explosive brand of cricket.

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