Hardik Pandya’s impressive performance in 2022 continued on Tuesday as he drove India past the 200 run against Australia in the first T20I in Mohali. Pandya hit three straight sixes in the last three balls of India’s innings to set his best ever score in T20I cricket.
The all-rounder played an unbeaten 71-run inning to collect his best ever score in the shortest format, on his way to lead India to a total of 208/6.
This, after the Men in Blue had previously been reduced to 35/2, with Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli both being sent back to the dugout after taking modest totals.
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Pandya’s three straight sixes helped India finish with momentum and after his stellar turns, the all-rounder received a standing ovation from his teammates.
Watch Hardik Pandya’s hat-trick of six:
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Standing ovation from the teammates
Standing ovation from the crowd
What a special knock that was from @hardikpandya7!
Unfortunately for the Indian all-rounder, his exploits were in vain as the Men in Blue suffered a four-wicket loss in the first T20I.
Matthew Wade hit an unbeaten run of 45 points after Cameron Green got the visitors off to a good start with his inning of 30 balls and 61 runs.
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After taking a 1-0 lead in the series, the second match will be a do-or-die match for India, with Australia looking for the series in Nagpur.