‘SRK and giving hits go hand in hand’ – fans react as Shahrukh Khan wins a thriller for PBKS vs LSG in IPL 2023

Punjab Kings (PBKS) batsman Shahrukh Khan finally saw his potential as a finisher as he helped his team win another game in IPL 2023 against the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) at Ekana Cricket Stadium on Saturday.

Faced with just 10 balls, Shahrukh hammered 23 runs including a boundary and two sixes to ensure PBKS crossed the line safely with three balls in excess and two wickets in hand.

There has been much talk of Shahrukh’s failure to repeat his consistent performances for Tamil Nadu in domestic cricket in the IPL. However, the faith that Punjab Kings management has placed in him seems to be finally paying off as he has already made some effective cameos this season.

Fans on Twitter were thrilled to see Shahrukh Khan finally realizing the potential he’s shown over the years. Here are some of the reactions:

Shahrukh Khan has great potential to be a good finisher. Let’s hope this was just one of many lively innings to come this IPL. Punjab Kings must be very pleased tonight.

Shahrukh Khan, the finisher, has finally arrived #IPL Happy Days. Massive victory without shikhar.

Well done Shahrukh!! After that I hope there is no Bs talk about Punjab not supporting its players! #PBKSvLSG

In my 15 years of passionately following this franchise, this win means everything to me…It’s our David vs. Goliath moment! No one can take it from us… We beat Lucknow at Lucknow!@shahrukh_35 you redeemed yourself and how!!! Simply overwhelmed as a fan!❤❤❤❤

Yes guys!!! Shahrukh 🔥

Shah Rukh Khan – The Hero. What a win for Punjab Kings. What an end to Shahrukh Khan. He scored 23* (10) and Punjab Kings beat LSG by 2 wickets. Unbelievable Shah Rukh.

Shahrukh Khan, the finisher of Punjab. 23* runs with only 10 balls, including 1 four and 2 sixes – What a ball hit.

What a win. Sharukh Khan takes home a Punjab without Shikhar Dhawan against Lucknow! I love it. I love it when a site beats beyond its weight versus a site that has too many options on paper. Decisive victory for Punjab.#PBKSvGT #TAAIPL

SRK and giving hits go hand in hand. What a player 😍 #PBKSvLSG

This is absolute top finish from SRK here! 🔥🔥 Raw power. One of the best so far in this tournament. Had to deal with Bishnoi and Wood on death, both on form, big ground, not the easiest surface and losing him partner at the other end didn’t help either

Jhoome jo Shahrukh! What an achievement! Ice cold under pressure and it’s so nice to see he’s promoted twice in two games now. There is a lot of potential and raw muscle power in this boy that needs to be exploited. These six by Mark Wood will stay with me for a long time #LSGvsPBKS #IPL2023

Shah Rukh Khan finally ends the game for PBKS. Great cameo…

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Shahrukh Khan’s innings ensured PBKS won despite losing Sikandar Raza

PBKS only needed 159 to win, but the pitch wasn’t such that batsmen could easily smash through the line. Lucknow struck early with a couple of wickets thanks to debutant Yudhvir Singh Charak’s superb opening spell.

Matthew Short, looking good for his 34, went just before the end of the power play which helped LSG crawl back into the game.

Amid a faltering Punjab chase, Zimbabwe star Sikandar Raza stood up and produced an incredible counterattack. He supported his natural play and scored some crucial boundaries to keep PBKS in pursuit.

As Raza reached his half-century, it seemed an easy hunt for Punjab. However, Ravi Bishnoi improved and produced an incredible 18th over, conceding just three runs and also taking Raza’s wicket.

Shahrukh Khan made his intentions clear by smashing Mark Wood’s delivery straight to the ground to score a six from the very first ball he faced. The Tamil Nadu batsman seemed unperturbed by the pressure from the wickets at the other end and led his side to a fantastic win.

With that win, Punjab jumped two places to fourth place in the 2023 IPL points table, with six points from five games.

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