Many people were skeptical about playing Hardik Pandya as an expert batsman but he has performed in Australia in the first ODI series and the subsequent two T20 matches, he is truly commendable. Pandya showed that his bat speaks wonders. And he knows how to play according to need. In the third ODI played in Canberra, Pandya showed an aggressive first innings and then an aggressive approach when needed.
India’s need was different in the Sydney T20 on Sunday and Pandya batted in the same style. Rungati was close to 12 runs per over and only the batting batting here could sustain Virat Kohli & Co.’s nine consecutive T20 International matches. In such a situation, he made India not only the match and also the series, by scoring 42 runs off 22 balls.
Pandya’s innings caught the attention of many people. One of these women cricketers of England, Alexandra Hartley, was also surprised by Pandya’s innings. Australia scored a strong score of 194 for 5 wickets but India scored 195 for four with two balls left.
The 27-year-old Hartley could not believe that Pandya had played such a big knock. He tweeted and praised Pandya’s innings. She was surprised to see Pandya’s aggressive batting. The left-arm spinner tweeted – Hardik Pandya, have you really done this? Along with this, he has also created emojis.
When Pandya came to the crease, India needed 82 runs off 39 balls. Australia’s grip on the match was strong. There was hope when captain Virat Kohli was present with Pandya, but when Kohli came to bat in the 17th over, the responsibility of crossing the team fell on Pandya. On that ball, India needed 46 runs off 18 balls. Shreyas Iyer came to support Pandya. Pandya was then playing 8 runs off 6 balls. When the match ended, Pandya’s score was 42 runs off 22 balls and Iyer was unbeaten on 12 runs off 5 balls. India needed 14 runs in the last over which Pandya easily achieved with the help of two sixes in the over of Danyan Symes. India has now taken an unassailable 2–0 lead in the series. The last match of the series will be played in Sydney on Tuesday.
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