Indian all-rounder, Hardik Pandya’s scintillating display with the bat, sealed the T20 series as they chased Australia’s 195 with six wickets to spare. Hardik Pandya’s innings of 42 from 22 deliveries delivered a victory for India in the last over, finishing with a six off Daniel Sams’ bowling. The all-rounder only aimed to whack the ball miles away and was not thinking anything else.
India, who chose to field first, conceded 194 in the first innings, which came on the back of a half-century from Matthew Wade and some handy contributions from Steve Smith, Moises Henriques, and Marcus Stoinis. For India, T Natarajan fared excellently with the ball and picked up two wickets for only 20 runs in four overs. It looked like a winning score.
After a sluggish start in the first three overs, KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan raced off to 56 in five overs. Australia’s spinners namely – Mitchell Swepson and Adam Zampa bowled exceptionally well and tied India down. Australia got the wicket of Virat Kohli just when it looked like the visitors were getting ahead. Unfortunately for the hosts, Hardik Pandya, who could not time the ball well initially, was at the top of the game in the slog innings.
I broke the bat with which I was playing for three years: Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya underlined that they were only two hits away from winning the game and did not like to take the game till the last ball. The 26-year old was going to smash the ball anyways and added that he broke the bat with which he played for three years and the present one looks alright.
“I felt we were two good hits away, quite happy. More than the six I wanted to finish the game. I don’t like the game going till the last ball, I like to finish the game early. I was just going to whack the ball anyway (smiles). The whole five games, I’ve been trying to figure out which bat to bat with. I broke the bat with which I was playing for three years. This one looks alright,” Pandya said after the game.