Hardik Pandya hundred: The Indian batsman justified his inclusion into the Indian XI with an awe-inspiring fifth ODI half-century.
During the first ODI of the ongoing India’s tour of Australia in Sydney, India batsman Hardik Pandya missed out closely from becoming the third batsman to score a century in the match following the likes of Australia captain Aaron Finch and batsman Steven Smith.
Playing his first ODI since the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Pandya justified him playing ahead of Manish Pandey as a specialist batsman at No. 6.
Chasing a mammoth 375-run target, Pandya came in to bat at No. 6 in the 14th over with the Indian team struggling at 101/4. It was only on the sixth ball that he faced that Pandya ferociously pulled Australia vice-captain Pat Cummins for a boundary.
In the next over being bowled by Australia spinner Pandya hit a four and a six to reveal his mindset of not getting bogged down by the required run rate. Having hit another six off Zampa’s next over, Pandya then attacked Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell in the 23rd over by hitting him for a four and two sixes.
Pandya, who completed his half-century via a second six off Maxwell, also crossed the 1,000-run mark in the format. An 128-run partnership for the fifth wicket alongside opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan (74) sort of kept India in the match despite a tough task which continue to lie in front of them.
It was on the penultimate delivery of the 39th over that Pandya’s attempt of taking on Zampa yet again saw him getting caught by Mitchell Starc at long-on. Having scored 90 (76) with the help of seven fours and four sixes, Pandya registered his career-best ODI score.
Hardik Pandya hundred
Top innings from Pandya. There is much more to him than just a six-hitter.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) November 27, 2020
Fewest balls taken to reach 1000 ODI runs:
🌴 Andre Russell ➜ 767
🇳🇿 Luke Ronchi ➜ 807
🇵🇰 Shahid Afridi ➜ 834
🇳🇿 Corey Anderson ➜ 854
🇮🇳 Hardik Pandya ➜ 857 👏
Imagine that as a batting line-up 👀💥 pic.twitter.com/zYrqo9GR7J
— ICC (@ICC) November 27, 2020
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) November 27, 2020
Hardik Pandya really hits the ball hard 🥵
— Cricket on BT Sport (@btsportcricket) November 27, 2020
Terrific innings from Hardik Pandya. Regardless of the result, came into this game with the pressure of having to contribute as a pure batsman and walked in with the score at 101/4 in the 14th over, with India still needing 275. Kept his team in it almost singlehandedly. #AUSvIND
— Raunak Kapoor (@RaunakRK) November 27, 2020
Pandya came in to bat when all seemed lost….but he managed to keep the hopes alive while he was there. With some high-quality skills. Major positive from an otherwise insipid game for India. #AusvInd
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) November 27, 2020
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