Hardik Pandya brilliant 158* in DY Patil T20 tournament


The hard-hitting all-rounder Hardik Pandya showed immense hitting powers in the first semi-finals played at Navi Mumbai of the DY Patil T20 tournament on Friday.

Pandya came at the crease when Reliance 1 were reeling at 10 for 2. He came to the crease and plundered Bharat Petroleum Company Limited bowlers to reach his fifty off just 21 balls. It was an amazing batting display by Pandya who went on the rampage against Shivam Dube and Sandeep Sharma in the death overs.

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He put on 106 runs partnership for the 3rd wicket with Saurabh Tiwary. In the 17th over, he smashed 3 successive sixes off Rahul Tripathi to reach his century off 39 balls. Pandya continued to hit gigantic sixes which stunned the opponents and remained not out on 158 off just 55 balls which helped Reliance 1 post a massive total of 238 for 4 in 20 overs. During his brilliant knock, he smashed six fours and 20 massive sixes.

Hardik Pandya is returning to cricket after having surgery to his back. During the group stages against CAG, Pandya scored a quickfire 105 off 39 balls and also took a 5 wicket haul. It augurs well for him as Indian Premier League season 13 is about to start from 29th March. With this knock, Hardik Pandya posted the highest individual score by an Indian in T20s.

The all-rounder played his last international match for India on 22nd September 2019 against South Africa in T20I format at Bangalore. Pandya is an important member of the Indian limited-overs side. If he can continue to perform like this it will be good for Mumbai Indians for IPL 13 and Indian Cricket Team ahead of team selection for the ODI series against South Africa starting from 12th March.

Hardik Pandya had a great IPL season 12 with both bat and ball. He scored 402 runs from 16 matches with a strike rate of 154.78. With the ball also, he had a major impact with 14 wickets from 16 matches and helped Mumbai Indians win their fourth IPL title beating CSK by just 1 run played at Hyderabad last year. He was supposed to return for Indian squad for New Zealand tour but could not feature as he was not fit enough.