At the Asia Cup Group A match that took place on Sunday at the Dubai International Stadium, all-rounder Hardik Pandya was outstanding, bringing his A-game to the table to assist Team India in achieving a victory over Pakistan by five wickets.
At the Asia Cup Group A match that took place on Sunday at the Dubai International Stadium, all-rounder Hardik Pandya was outstanding, bringing his A-game to the table to assist Team India in achieving a victory over Pakistan by five wickets. With the assistance of 4 fours and 1 six, Pandya was able to score 33 runs off of just 17 balls.
Pandya smashed a six on the fourth ball of the final over, which ensured victory for India in the competition. However, Hardik’s gesture after the third ball of the over has already gained widespread attention and being shared on social media.
Hardik then played a dot ball against Mohammad Nawaz, which resulted in India failing to win by the required 6 runs in 4 balls. Exactly at that moment, Hardik made a hand signal toward Dinesh Karthik, signalling that he had the situation under control at that point. The response is already going viral on various social media platforms. It is significant to point out that as soon as he made the gesture, on the very next ball, he ended up hitting a six. This occurred immediately after the gesture was made.
Hardik had also taken three wickets in the game, which is a significant point to bring up, and as a result of his all-around performance, he was selected as the Player of the Match for the competition.
“In a situation like this one, you should always plan over and over again. I was always aware that there is one young bowler (Naseem or Shahnawaz Dahani), as well as one left-arm spinner (Nawaz), but I didn’t know their names until recently “Pandya commented on the match after it was over.
“Even if we required 15 runs off the final over, I would have fancied my chances even though we only needed 7. In the twenty-second over, I am aware that the bowler is under a greater amount of strain than I am. I make an effort to keep things straightforward, “said India’s top all-rounder at the time.
In his four overs, Bhuvneshwar Kumar had collected the stats of four wickets and twenty-six runs as India bowled Pakistan out for 147. In addition, the veteran seamer was responsible for the crucial wicket that was taken by Pakistan skipper Babar Azam in the third over of the innings.
On Wednesday, the next matchup for Team India will be facing Hong Kong in a matchup that is part of Group A.
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