Mumbai Indians’ all-rounder Hardik Pandya engaged in a verbal battle against Royal Challengers Bangalore all-rounder Chris Morris in their clash in Abu Dhabi. Mumbai Indians picked up a comfortable victory over the Royal Challengers as Suryakumar Yadav’s flamboyant 79 not out was enough to gun down 164. While Yadav’s innings was the highlight, the face-off between Morris and Hardik also captured the attention.
The incident occurred in the 18th over when Mumbai Indians needed only 16 runs more to win the game. In three balls, the defending champions managed three runs, bringing Hardik Pandya on strike. Chris Morris delivered one on the slot that the batsman had little difficulty in dispatching it to the stands. The verbal war began here, which did not particularly seem very serious.
However, in the very next delivery, the South African seamer had his back. The 26-year old Indian all-rounder wanted to get one more boundary; unfortunately, all he did was hitting the ball straight to extra cover where Yuzvendra Chahal took the catch. While departing towards the pavilion, the duo exchanged some words while Pandya also pointed his finger towards Morris.