Hardik Pandya’s short run: The Indian all-rounder was denied a run after his bat fell from his hands in the fifth ODI.
During the fifth ODI of the ongoing India’s tour of New Zealand at Wellington, India all-rounder Hardik Pandya was denied a run after New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult suggested the umpire to check for a short run.
It happened on the fourth delivery of the 48th over when Pandya hit a James Neesham yorker towards the leg side for a couple of runs. In his attempt to turn quickly at the non-striker’s end, Pandya lost his bat and completed the second run without a bat.
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18 for 4 to finish 252 it’s a very good recovery well done @RayuduAmbati @vijayshankar260 @JadhavKedar superb partnership and top hitting by @hardikpandya7 in the end.. need @MdShami11 @BhuviOfficial to take a couple of wickets with new ball now to win this one @BCCI @aajtak
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Just as Pandya successfully completely two runs, Boult ran in from short fine leg to appeal for a short run. While the Indian cricketer was not wrong in his approach, the bat falling from his hands worked against him.
When umpire referred the case to the third umpire, replays confirmed that when Pandya’s bat touched the ground, his hand was off it. Hence, Pandya or any other part of his body never touched the crease. Proving Boult’s judgement to be right, the third umpire denied Pandya a run.
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Pandya, who was sent in to bat at a lower batting position (No. 8) due to the inclusion of another all-rounder in Vijay Shankar, was at his utmost best with the bat. Coming in to bat in the 44th over, Pandya provided India with the much-needed boost towards the business end of the innings.
Apart from hitting a magnificent hat-trick of sixes against New Zealand leg-spinner Todd Astle, a highlight of Pandya’s innings was the invention of the ‘Ghumar shot‘. Propelling India to 252-10 in 49.5 overs, Pandya ended up scoring 45 (22) with the help of two fours and five sixes.
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