Hardik Pandya has further enhanced his reputation as one of the most explosive batsmen in the game with a stunning knock against Australia in the just-concluded second T20I in Sydney. The allrounder played an unbeaten knock of 42 to help India chase down an imposing total of 195.
With the win, the Men in Blue also sealed the three-match series with a game in hand. The visitors chased down the target with six wickets in hand and two balls to spare. Opener Shikhar Dhawan top-scored with 52 while captain Virat Kohli scored 40 to set up the platform for the chase.
Cameos from Hardik Pandya (42 from 22) and Shreyas Iyer (12 from 5) then took India over the line. India were in a spot of bother towards the end of the match when Kohli departed in the 17th over. India were reeling at 149 for 4 at that stage, still needing 46 runs from just 23 balls.
However, Hardik Pandya and Shreyas Iyer shared an unbeaten stand of 46 runs off just 21 balls to take India home. In the final over, India needed 14 runs off Daniel Sams with Hardik Pandya at the striker’s end. He started the over with a double before dispatching the pacer for a six.
It was followed by a dot delivery before the hard-hitting batsman deposited the ball in the stand to fire India to the series win. Meanwhile, the cricketing fraternity was quick to lavish praise on Hardik Pandya for his stunning knock. From cricketers to fans, everyone praised the allrounder for his stunning knock.
Here are some of the reactions to his knock:
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
Has to be among the most feared finishers in the game. @hardikpandya7
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) December 6, 2020
— Mpumelelo Mbangwa (@mmbangwa) December 6, 2020
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) 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
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) December 6, 2020
Pandya and that wonder bat. What a beast. ?
— Usman Khawaja (@Uz_Khawaja) December 6, 2020
— The-Lying-Lama 2.0 (@KyaUkhaadLega) 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
Petition to get Pandya into the Test XI ahead of Vihari at 6
— Gappistan Radio (@GappistanRadio) 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
— Callum Ferguson (@calferguson12) December 6, 2020
Love how @hardikpandya7 plays ? Serious intent and self belief
— Robin John Peterson (@robbie13flair) 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
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