Mumbai Indians allrounder Hardik Pandya had a scary moment during the clash against Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday when he was nearly hit on his head by a dangerous beamer from Jofra Archer. The India star did well to duck in time to save himself.
The incident took place on the first ball of the 18th over when the ball slipped out of Archer’s hand and went directly towards Hardik Pandya’s head. But before the ball could hit him on his head, he ducked as the ball went for a four. The delivery was clocked at 152kph as even the wicketkeeper failed to collect the ball.
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Pandya was stunned with the delivery as he was seen sitting on the ground after somehow managing to save himself before the England star raised his hands in apology. Three balls later, Archer went on to hit Suryakumar Yadav on helmet with a well-directed bouncer.
The blow shook up Yadav as he received medical attention before resuming his innings. The right-handed batsman then took a fine revenge by slamming the Rajasthan Royals pacer for an outrageous six on the very next delivery.
Stuart Broad’s reaction:
Jofra Archer’s deadly beamer to Pandya is drawing different reactions from the cricketing fraternity and his England teammate Stuart Broad decided to weigh in on the discussion too. Stuart Broad praised Pandya for the way he handled the delivery before defending his England teammate, writing:
“He’s played that brilliantly. I don’t think any bowler ever means these…’
He’s played that brilliantly. I don’t think any bowler ever means these… https://t.co/Kjje5wkSH0
— Stuart Broad (@StuartBroad8) October 6, 2020
As far as the match is concerned, Mumbai Indians thrashed Rajasthan Royals by 57 runs. Batting first, the defending champions posted 193 for 4 with Suryakumar Yadav’s unbeaten 79 being the top-score. In reply, Rajasthan Royals were all out for just 136 to suffer their third consecutive defeat in IPL 2020.
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