Hardik Pandya‘s 42*(22) helped India beat Australia in the second T20I of the three-match series in Sydney.
Carrying on his belligerent form from the IPL to the ODI series and now here in the shortest format for his country, Hardik was finding it difficult to time the ball well initially in his innings as the required rate was creeping up.
However, skipper Virat Kohli’s innings first and then a couple of good strikes from Shreyas Iyer helped him not to try anything stupid.
His clean hitting in the last two overs was enough for Team India to make mockery of the 195 target as India won the game with two balls and six wickets left.
Netizens celebrated the win heaping praise on Pandya, asking if he is the best finisher in this format of the game in the world. The users also applauded the all-round team performance as all the batters chipped in with useful contributions after T Natarajan’s outstanding spell of 2-20 while bowling.
Former cricketers Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Michael Vaughan too joined the fans on Twitter to praise Hardik and team India for the win.
Here are some of the reactions:
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) December 6, 2020
Zabardast hitting by @hardikpandya7 . Wonderful start from @SDhawan25 and @klrahul11 , @imVkohli and a sensational bowling spell from @Natarajan_91 . And India seal the T20 series with a game to go. Maza aa gaya. pic.twitter.com/VDgb6CwT33
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) December 6, 2020
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) December 6, 2020
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) December 6, 2020
Hardik Pandya !!! #AUSvIND
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) December 6, 2020
Sensational, Hardik Pandya. The composure to find his range in the last two overs when he wasn’t middling it before that…that’s just elite T20 batting.#AUSvIND
— Vinayakk (@vinayakkm) December 6, 2020
Congratulations Team India •Nattu did well •Batting Did well. •Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan Scored. •Hardik Pandya finished the match Complete team effort & yeah Kohli’s brilliant captaincy pic.twitter.com/KwXKQhURJA
— আYanG (@Impanks18) December 6, 2020
#AUSvIND 2nd T20I
For much of his knock, Pandya struggled. Couldn’t get the timing right. But then the way he came to party to finish the match off was unreal. He has just reached a new level. Right now, he is in a different zone.
— Ashish Magotra (@clutchplay) December 6, 2020
MI vs DC – MI win. Nothing new. #AUSvIND
— Manya (@CSKian716) December 6, 2020
Hardik Pandya is a proper modern day T20 cricketer who has practiced range and six hitting for a long time and has now mastered it. Clarity of role helps. This could be a future template for a lot of cricketers to make a name. #AUSvsIND
— Gaurav Sundararaman (@gaurav_sundar) December 6, 2020
— The-Lying-Lama 2.0 (@KyaUkhaadLega) December 6, 2020