Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya continued his rich vein of form ever since his return as he smashed Australia to provide India with an explosive finish. The all-rounder smashed three consecutive maximums on the last three deliveries to take India across a total of 200. With an idea to finalize their preparations for the upcoming T20 World Cup, India and Australia met in the first T20I of the three-match series at the PCA IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali on Tuesday night.
The Aussie skipper Aaron Finch won the toss and invited India to bat first keeping the dew in mind in the 2nd innings. India didn’t have a strong start as they lost the skipper Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli inside the powerplay. However, the classy KL Rahul kept one end intact and smashed a brilliant half-century. Meanwhile, Suryakumar Yadav also scored quickfire 46 runs off just 25 deliveries to keep the run flow going. However, the Men in Blue were in a spot of bother to fall short at a point in time as they lost Axar Patel and Dinesh Karthik in quick succession.
Hardik Pandya explodes to provide India with a massive finish
With India needing a strong finish, the Kung-Fu-Pandya exploded to take India to a massive total. The all-rounder reached his fifty off just 25 deliveries. After crossing the personal mark, the all-rounder targeted Cameron Green in the final over of the innings. Hardik Pandya smoked Green for three consecutive maximums of the final three deliveries to finish unbeaten 71 runs off 30 deliveries. Meanwhile, India posted a total of 208/6 in 20 overs.
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