Pandya smashed seven fours and five sixes and finished unbeaten on 71 balls from 30 as India hit an impressive 208/6 on the board after being invited to bat by Australia.
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Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya raises his racquet after completing his half-century in the first T20I against Australia in Mohali. AP
Hardik Pandya was back at his best on Tuesday as he hit an unbeaten 71 with just 30 balls and led India to an overall win in the first T20I against Australia in Mohali.
Pandya’s form, with both racquet and ball, rejuvenated at the Asian Cup after a winner against Pakistan in the opening game. However, he was back at his deadliest best in the series opener against Australia, smashing seven fours and five sixes during his stay in the crease and scoring in 236.67.
His destruction with the racquet helped India finish well with an impressive 208/6 after being invited to bat by the Australians.
Of the five sixes he hit in the innings, three came from the last three balls of the innings as Pandya brought rounder Cameron Green to the cleaners with 21 runs from the 20th over. India made the most of the slog overs with 60 runs from the back four and the in-form Pandya played a key role in that attack.
Pandya’s knocking has also garnered widespread praise on social media, most notably on microblogging site Twitter. Here we take a look at some of the top reactions:
Gosh, Hardik Pandya has some power😱
— Ian Raphael Bishop (@irbishi) September 20, 2022
No one can match the value Hardik Pandya is adding to this Indian team at the moment. Can talk about Bumrah being an equally valuable asset, but Hardik is still miles ahead considering the value he adds in every department.
— Prasenjit Dey (@CricPrasen) September 20, 2022
Hardik Pandya is the finisher that India has been looking for elsewhere. #IndvAus
— Chetan Narula (@chetannarula) September 20, 2022
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Date updated: September 20, 2022 21:23:13 IST
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