Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra feels that Manish Pandey totally failed to accelerate his batting during Sunrisers Hyderabad’s match against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in IPL 2021. Chopra, who is also an active cricket commentator, said that Pandey’s job was to accelerate his batting after David Warner got out but he failed to do so.
Manish Pandey scored 38 runs off 39 balls in the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Sunrisers Hyderabad, who were dominating the match for most of the time during the chase, fell 6 runs short in the end. Manish Pandey, Jonny Bairstow, and Abdul Samad lost their wickets in the 17th over of Shazbad Ahmed which turned the match in RCB’s favour.
Manish Pandey Failed To Accelerate After Warner’s Dismissal: Aakash Chopra
While analysing the RCB vs SRH game of IPL 2021 on his Youtube video, Aakash Chopra said that everyone expected Manish Pandey to win the game for SRH as he was set on the crease.
“Pandey scored runs in the last match and he scored runs here as well. You expect from him after so many years that the day he is set, he will win you the game. If you bat for that long and continue to go at run-a-ball, it was fine till Warner was there as he was soaking the pressure and allowing Pandey to get set,” Aakash Chopra said.
Chopra also said that Manish Pandey’s job was to make other batsmen’s task easier by accelerating his batting but he absolutely failed to do so.
“But when Warner got out it was Pandey’s job to accelerate and make other batsmen’s task easier. That is where I think Pandey absolutely lost it. Two fours and two sixes, that means 20 runs came off four balls, which means there were plenty of dot balls. If you play three overs or so as dot balls, it will be almost impossible to win the match.” added Aakash Chopra.
Manish Pandey arrived at the crease in the third over after opener Wriddhiman Saha‘s dismissal. He made a partnership of 83 runs with skipper David Warner, who scored 54 runs off 37 balls. After David Warner lost his wicket in the 14th over, Pandey was expected to take charge of the batting since he was on the crease for a very long time.
However, he lost his wicket in the 17th over of Shahbaz Ahmed, who also dismissed Jonny Bairstow and Abdul Samad in the same over. After losing 7 wickets in the last 4 overs, Sunrisers Hyderabad lost the match by 6 runs in the end.