Mumbai Indians ended on 187/ 8 as Hardik Pandya’s cameo of 14-ball 32 became the talking point at the end of the first innings. Playing their first game at home, Bangalore won the toss and asked Mumbai to bat first. Openers Rohit Sharma (48) and Quinton de Kock (23) added 54 for the first wicket.
In the final five overs, with Hardik Pandya at the wicket, Mumbai fancied getting close to 200. And Hardik didn’t dissappoint.
Pandya smacked the ball to all parts of the ground in the last two overs. He hit Mohammed Siraj for two mammoth sixes with one of his sixes reaching the roof. Pandya’s late cameo, however, did not go down well with the RCB skipper. He looked pale and lost seeing Pandya going great guns.
Apart from the three mammoth sixes, Hardik hit 2 fours also.
Earlier, Yuvraj Singh (23 off 12 balls), Suryakumar Yadav (38 off 24 balls) provided the much-needed impetus in the middle of the innings and build on the good work of the openers. However, Bangalore bounced back as Yuzvendra Chahal picked up four wickets including the big wickets of Yuvraj and Pollard to stifle the run flow.
Twitter however, was enthralled with his power hitting and praised him to the hilt. Here is how they were buzzing at the end of his innings.
Hardik Pandya:— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) March 28, 2019
Almost smashed to the roof
After two balls smashed to the roof
It looked like MI might fall short of a competitive total when Chahal took two wickets in the 16th over but Hardik's cameo has saved them. He used the depth of the crease brilliantly. That was a useful hand from Markande as well: bat on ball & manage the strike. #IPL #RCBvMI— Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) March 28, 2019
Hardik Pandya hitting Siraj as if he suggested him to go to Koffee with Karan#RCBvMI— Sunil- The cricketer (@1sInto2s) March 28, 2019
Hardik Pandya is that guy who gets extra productive right before the appraisals. #RCBvMI— Sagar (@sagarcasm) March 28, 2019
Biggest Sixes In 2019 IPL, So Far— CricBeat (@Cric_beat) March 28, 2019
Hardik - 104m*
Gayle - 98m
Miller - 98m
Russell - 97m
Russell - 96m#RCBvMI
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