Hardik Pandya: The Indian all-rounder’s hard-hitting powered India to an emphatic victory at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
During the second T20I of the ongoing India’s tour of Australia in Sydney, India beat Australia by 6 wickets in a thrilling chase.
Chasing a 195-run target to attain an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series, India started on an attacking note by scoring 60/1 in the powerplay.
Dhawan, who turned 35 yesterday, took the responsibility upon himself in the form of his 11th T20I half-century. While captain Virat Kohli (40) and his deputy Lokesh Rahul (30) also contribute in the top-order, it was Dhawan’s 52 (36) with the help of four fours and two sixes which put India on the desired path.
Having said that, India losing wickets at regular intervals in the middle-overs required them to score 46 runs in the last four overs. Batting at No. 6 only for the second time in his T20I career, Shreyas Iyer (12*) eased the pressure upon himself and Hardik Pandya by scoring a six and a four in the 18th over off Australia spinner Adam Zampa.
Needing 25 runs off the last two overs, Pandya came to the party to score a couple of boundaries against Andrew Tye and followed it up with a couple of sixes against debutant Daniel Sams in the final over to seal the chase and eventually score 42* (22) with the help of three fours and two sixes.
How Twitterati reacted:
Zabardast hitting by @hardikpandya7 .
Wonderful start from @SDhawan25 and @klrahul11 , @imVkohli and a sensational bowling spell from @Natarajan_91 . And India seal the T20 series with a game to go. Maza aa gaya. pic.twitter.com/VDgb6CwT33
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) December 6, 2020
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) December 6, 2020
Hardik pandya is one of the most calm cool and clean hitter of the ball top class @hardikpandya7 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻
— Rashid Khan (@rashidkhan_19) December 6, 2020
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) December 6, 2020
Hardik Pandya you did not just do that? 😱😍😍😍 #AUSvIND
— Alexandra Hartley (@AlexHartley93) December 6, 2020
— Vinay Kumar R (@Vinay_Kumar_R) December 6, 2020
“Two good hits!” 😎 pic.twitter.com/caMZXmXLmT
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) December 6, 2020
Hardik Pandya! What a cricketer. The MVP every team dreams of having in their side. #AusvInd
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) December 6, 2020
That’s as clutch as they come from Hardik Pandya! 💥💥💥
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 6, 2020
Gosh, what a way to win the match and T20 series. @hardikpandya7 hero!
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) December 6, 2020
WHAT. A. FINISH.
Hardik Pandya sends it sailing over the ropes for a six! 🔥🔥
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) December 6, 2020
Wow wee @hardikpandya7, his approach is very simple. A strong open base, doesn’t look to play the cute shoots, instead backs himself to clear the boundary…with ease!! 😱
— Lisa Sthalekar (@sthalekar93) December 6, 2020
Hardik Pandya !!! 👀👀👀👀👀👀👀👀👀👀👀👀🏏👀👀👀👀👀👀👀 #AUSvIND
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) December 6, 2020
Hardik Pandya is really priming himself into a top notch finisher. That is some serious power and poise.
— Ian bishop (@irbishi) December 6, 2020
Has to be among the most feared finishers in the game. @hardikpandya7
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) December 6, 2020
Hardik ‘Hard-Hitting’ Pandya 🥳😇
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) December 6, 2020
This Hardik Pandya has rocketed into my top five cricketers. Rock star. pic.twitter.com/9TiDiDVlV8
— Peter Lalor (@plalor) December 6, 2020
42 in 22. 14 in 4 balls. Hardik Pandya is the best finisher in T20 cricket!
— Joy Bhattacharjya (@joybhattacharj) December 6, 2020
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