Manish Pandey
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Last Update on: August 30th, 2023 at 09:58 am

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Captain Manish Pandey, on Tuesday (August 29), led his team Hubli Tigers from the very front to lead them to a thrilling win over Mysore Warriors in the final of the Maharaja Trophy KSCA T20 2023.

The out-of-favour India batsman walked out to bat in the 14th over when his team was in a good position. Opener Mohammad Taha’s 72-run knock had given the Tigers a good start. They were on 121 for 3 in the 14th over when Manish Pandey came out to bat. The onus was on the captain to help his team finish the innings strongly and he did not disappoint.

He scored an unbeaten fifty and helped his side finish their innings on a big total of 203 for 8. While wickets kept falling at regular intervals from the other end, Manish Pandey stood firm at his end and made sure his team crossed the 200-run mark after the good start. The right-handed batsman remained unbeaten on 50 off 23 balls with the help of 3 fours and 4 sixes.

Manish Pandey’s stunning save:

The unbeaten fifty was not the only major contribution from Manish Pandey in the game. The Tigers skipper also came up with a stunning save to prevent a six in the very final over of the match. It would not be wrong to say that it was a tournament-winning save from Manish Pandey.

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The Warriors needed 11 runs from the final 4 balls when J Suchith hit Manvanth Kumar’s delivery towards long-off. The left-handed batsman had made a very good connection with the ball and it looked like the ball would cross the boundary easily for a six.

However, Manish Pandey had other ideas. Just before the ball could cross the ropes and land outside the boundary, he made a timely jump and caught the ball with both hands before throwing it back onto the field. He saved 4 crucial runs for his side and the Tigers went on to win the game by 8 runs.

Watch the stunning save from Manish Pandey:

Talking about the game, Mysore Warriors finished their innings on 195 for 8 in reply to Tigers’ total of 203 for 8. They were on 113 for 1 in the 12th over but failed to finish strongly. The Warriors kept losing wickets at regular intervals and eventually fell short by 8 runs.