Hardik Pandya, courtesy of his whirlwind match-winning 22-ball 42 during the second T20I against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground, has once again proved just why he is one of the cleanest strikers of a cricket ball in the current era.
Pandya had come into bat post the dismissal of Sanju Samson in the 14th over with India still needing a further 75 runs in the next 6.3 overs.
The swashbuckling batsman initially played second-fiddle to skipper Virat Kohli, who switched his gears after a slow start to launch Andrew Tye for two fours and six in the 15th over.
But as soon as Virat Kohli was dismissed by Daniel Sams on the first ball of the 16th over, Pandya, who had managed just 8 runs off his first six deliveries, took center stage.
He was helped by Shreyas Iyer, who stroked a six and a four off Adam Zampa in the 18th over to reduce the equation to 25 off the last 12 balls. But, post that, it was all Pandya.
He took a double on the first ball of Andrew Tye’s penultimate over before playing consecutive dot balls as Tye targeted the wide of off-stump line against the swashbuckler.
Pandya immediately changed his bat, and the rest, as they say, is history, He creamed Tye for consecutive boundaries on the next two deliveries before smoking Daniel Sams for a couple of audacious sixes in the final over to seal the match as well as the series for the Men in Blue.
Watch Hardik Pandya’s audacious six off Daniel Sams in the final over-
That's as clutch as they come from Hardik Pandya! ???
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