Hardik Pandya’s performance against Pakistan on Sunday, August 28, in the 2022 Asia Cup made an impression on Sanath Jayasuriya, a former all-rounder for Sri Lanka. Amid intense competition, the captain of the Gujarat Titans rose to the occasion to make a significant contribution with the bat and the ball, thus contributing to India’s five-wicket victory against their most bitter adversary.
Before taking charge of the run chase during the last overs, he completed his allotment of four overs of bowling and finished with stats of 3-25. The all-rounder had a score of 33 off of just 17 deliveries, which contributed to India reaching their goal of 148 runs with two balls to spare.
Pandya was awarded the title of Player of the Match due to his outstanding achievements in every aspect of the game.
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What did Sanath Jayasuriya say about Hardik Pandya?
In an exclusive interview with Sportskeeda, Sanath Jayasuriya stated the following about his match-winning performance, for which he gave credit to Hardik Pandya:
“I couldn’t be happier for him, and I couldn’t be more proud of him. He came through for India by helping them win a match against Pakistan, which is exactly what they wanted. However, this is a game that is played as a team, and although it was decided by a single ball, everyone played a part.
The Indian bowlers bowled effectively to limit Pakistan to 147. The bowlers from Pakistan also had a significant impact on the game’s progression all the way up to the last over. It was a fantastic game, and Hardik Pandya deserves all of the credit.”
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The Men in Blue suffered wickets during the middle overs of their match at Dubai International Stadium, which was played on a pitch with some unevenness. Pandya had the responsibility of finishing off the chase since the required rate was getting close to the threshold of 10 runs per over.