Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya came to bat earlier than expected in the first T20 international against England in Ahmedabad. Though Hardik Pandya’s stay was brief, the swashbuckling all-rounder played a couple of glorious shots in India’s most successful partnership. One of those was a ramp shot for four runs that came off his against his counterpart, Ben Stokes.
The shot arrived in the 15th over of the match when Ben Stokes delivered a short-pitched ball outside off-stump. Even though Hardik Pandya got himself in an awkward position, he was able to get his bat on the way and parry it to the third-man region. One ball ago, Pandya smacked Stokes for a massive six over mid-off, clearing the boundary comfortably.
It was in the 18th over that Hardik Pandya exited the crease when Jofra Archer dismissed him, with Chris Jordan taking a catch at mid-off. The 27-year old shared a 54-run stand with Shreyas Iyer to put the hosts on track for a respectable total. Earlier, India lost their top-three in KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, and Virat Kohli for single-figures within the powerplay after losing the toss.
India’s innings ended at a paltry 124 as Shreyas Iyer’s 67 off 48 balls was the only shining light. Archer was the pick of the bowlers, claiming figures of 4-0-22-3, with Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Ben Stokes, and Chris Jordan taking one each. Left-arm seamer Sam Curran was the only one to go wicketless, bowling two overs.