Watch as Australia’s first Twenty20 match features three sixes from Hardik Pandya in the final three balls.
India vs. Australia: Hardik Pandya exploded in the penultimate over of India’s innings, hitting Cameron Green for a hat-trick of sixes.
Hardik Pandya scored a superb unbeaten innings of 71 from 30 deliveries on Tuesday in Mohali. But Australia trounced India in the first T20I, thus his efforts were in vain. India was given the chance to bat first and finished with a score of 208/6, with Hardik providing the decisive blow. The all-rounder was in excellent form and had good strike rate throughout his innings. But in the penultimate over of India’s innings against Cameron Green, he really turned it up. In order to assist India reach a reasonable total, Hardik Patel first prevented a single off the second delivery, then managed two runs off the third delivery, and finally smashed 6, 6, 6 off the final three balls.
First, Hardik smacked a flat six over midwicket off a short delivery. He then completed his hat trick of sixes by smashing a full ball over extra cover and a short, wide delivery over point.
Watch how Cameron Green is harmed by Hardik Pandya.
Hardik reached his second T20I half-century during the innings. was particularly crucial because India needed a big score on a good batting surface.
The earlier work of KL Rahul (55 off 35) and Suryakumar Yadav laid the groundwork for India (46 off 25).
With four deliveries left, Australia was able to hit the goal. However, despite Cameron Green’s 61 off 30 at the top of the order and Matthew Wade’s unbeaten 45 off 21 at No. 7, the visitors only managed to take a 1-0 series lead.
So with the bat, Axar Patel performed admirably, taking three wickets for just 17 runs in his four overs. However, the remaining Indian bowlers were completely crushed by the Australian bats.
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