India’s productive all-rounder Hardik Pandya played the best knock of his cricketing career for the national cricket team. He swung his blade with brute force whenever it mattered the most against Jos Buttler and Co.
Hardik Pandya who didn’t bat much in the ongoing edition of the T20 World Cup unleashed his batting prowess against England in the second semi-final at Adelaide Oval in Adelaide.
The all-rounder played a game-changing innings as he set up a rock-solid platform for India. At one stage, India never really looked like posing a challenging total as they consumed too many dot balls.
Hardik Pandya plays a game-changing innings for India against England
The all-rounder started his innings at a slow pace before switching gears at the right time for India. He went on to turn things around for India by scoring runs at the rate of knots.
Hardik added a great deal of dimension to the team’s batting attack by smashing sixes and fours at will. He ended up scoring a blazing-fast half-century, in what was essential for India to get to a competitive total.
In the end, Hardik Pandya scored 63 off 33 balls with the help of 4 fours and 5 sixes before getting dismissed in the form of a hit wicket. He maintained a strike-rate of 190.91 and drew plaudits for his explosive batting. Team India posted 168/6 in their quota of 20 overs.
India (Playing XI):
KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma(c), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant(w), Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh
Bench: Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel, Deepak Hooda
England (Playing XI):
Jos Buttler(w/c), Alex Hales, Philip Salt, Ben Stokes, Harry Brook, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Chris Jordan, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid
Bench: David Willey, Tymal Mills, Dawid Malan, Mark Wood
Here’s how Twitterati reacted to Hardik Pandya’s innings against England
Serious player, Hardik Pandya. Has given India a chance in this game. Ball turning a bit too. Probably 10 short but definite chance.Advertisement
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) November 10, 2022
Great Knock ! 👏👏👏👏Advertisement
— Thyview (@Thyview) November 10, 2022
hardik you beauty 🔥 https://t.co/0ZdUGUpxgO
— 𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘩𝘢 (@richaaayy) November 10, 2022Advertisement
Couple of good spells is what I want from him now.Advertisement
IND should get rid of tortoise version of openers. Every single time they put pressure on middle order, middle order takes time to compensate. Then blasts in the end overs resulting in not posting a winning total. https://t.co/JfUZFjgaJ0
— Tukun (@SuvTK7) November 10, 2022Advertisement
insanity 💙 https://t.co/3iIOt3XwBuAdvertisement
— Last Scene🎬D-4 (@daeslastscene) November 10, 2022
Classic H.Pandya…guess he going to be player of the match if he pick up few crucial wickets.
Need to clean up Hales and Salt ASAP.Advertisement
Buttler isn't in greatest form either, all to play for. https://t.co/2yUJfpqXZx
— RooBaN RaJ (@roobanliv) November 10, 2022Advertisement
— Cricket_aditya (@cricket_adityaa) November 10, 2022
This is MONSTER CLASSS https://t.co/tFpN7rN7Is
— Rushikesh Pathak (@RushiGooner) November 10, 2022Advertisement