When it looked like Mumbai Indians were on course of setting an average target for Chennai Super Kings to chase, Hardik Pandya jumped in and powered the hosts to a respectable total at the Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday.
The 25-year-old made his way to the crease after Krunal Pandya’s wicket left Mumbai at 112-4 in 16.4 overs and took the total to a respectable 170-5.
We take a look at his game-changing innings in the 15th game of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Strike rate: 312.50
Ball 1 (0): Good bouncer by Dwayne Bravo. Pandya lets it carry to the keeper.
Ball 2 (1): Full length delivery by Bravo and Pandya flicks it to deep square leg for a single.
Ball 3 (6): A good-length delivery by Shardul Thakur, just outside the off-stump. Pandya dispatches it far and beyond square leg and into the stands.
Ball 4 (1): Better from Thakur, full-length delivery and Pandya slices it to point for a single.
Ball 5 (1): A replica of the previous ball faced by Pandya. Bravo delivers it full and outside the off-stump and Pandya puts Kieron Pollard on strike with a single to point.
Ball 6 (6): Bravo places it on a platter with a rather slow, full-ish ball, bowled straight to the wicket. Pandya plays a helicopter shot to set the ball sailing over the ropes on the leg side.
Ball 7 (4): Bravo goes for full length and outside the off-stump again. This time the 25-year-old drives it through extra cover for a boundary.
Ball 8 (6): The Windies star replicates his previous delivery, only wider. Pandya slices it over point to take Mumbai’s total to 170 with that six off the final ball of the innings.
The last three overs yielded 51 runs for Mumbai and the last over went for 29 alone. Pandya’s cameo was definitely the game-changer in this intense tie.
India all-rounder Hardik Pandya continued to face the consequences of his ill-planned TV appearance as he lost a major sponsor.
According to the Times of India, Pandya lost Gillette as a sponsor after his controversial appearance on chat show ‘Koffee with Karan’ where he made crass remarks about his experience with women and other aspects of his personal life, accompanied by follow India player KL Rahul.
“Pandya’s recent comments do not reflect the values of Gillette. We have suspended our association with Hardik until we decide on further course of action,” a company spokesperson was quoted as saying by the daily.
Pandya and Rahul have been suspended until further notice by the Indian cricket board as they decide on the procedure to hand an adequate punishment, if any, to the India players.
Pandya and Rahul had earlier apologised to the BCCI chief administrator Vinod Rai but following a directive from the board’s legal team, fresh proceedings have been initiated. Pandya, especially, faces a lengthy time away from the Indian team and the episode could have an impact on his IPL career with the Mumbai Indians.