During the Asia Cup match against Sri Lanka, in the Indian dugout. Confusion resulted from Rishabh Pant being raised over Hardik Pandya.
Hardik Pandya was unexpectedly sent to bat before Rishabh Pant during India’s Asia Cup innings against Sri Lanka.
India is in risk of dropping the Asia Cup after losses to Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the Super 4 stage. Sri Lanka’s entry into the championship match was all but ensured following their six-wicket victory over India on Tuesday in Dubai. Rohit Sharma’s 41-ball 72 was the standout performance from India’s batting lineup against the Sri Lankan spinners. Apart from Rohit, only Suryakumar Yadav made a big contribution, scoring 34 runs out of a total of 29. The team management made a modest batting order alteration, sending out Rishabh Pant before Hardik Pandya, who frequently bats above the all-rounder.
When India’s third wicket fell, Pant was going to enter the field. However, Hardik Pandya had to exit before of Pant because he had been instructed to do so.
There seemed to be some confusion when Hardik Pandya clarified if he only needed to go outdoors. Pant sat down as Hardik Pandya put on his helmet.
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The switch-up may or may not have helped India because both batters finished with equal totals of 17 off 13 balls each.
Sri Lanka gave India the chance to bat, and they made 173/8 in their 20 overs.
Sri Lanka made a good start in their quest for success. India was all but eliminated as their openers put up a 97-run partnership.
Kusal Mendis hit 57 runs off of 37 pitches, and Pathum Nissanka scored 52 runs off of 37 balls.
After Nissanka was out, Sri Lanka experienced a brief collapse, losing four wickets in the space of 13 runs. However, with one delivery left and without taking any further wickets, captain Dasun Shanaka and the seasoned Bhanuka Rajapaksa led them to win.
64 runs were scored by Shanaka and Rajapaksa together for the fifth wicket. respectively scoring 25 off of 17 and 33 off of 18.
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