‘Great Finishing Touch’: Netizens Impressed With Hardik Pandya Fighting Knock in 3rd ODI vs New Zealand

Edited By: Aditya Maheshwari

Last Updated: January 24, 2023, 5:41 PM IST

Hardik Pandya slammed a fifty against New Zealand in third ODI (AP Image)

Pandya stood tall and scored 54 runs off 38 balls as his knock was laced with three fours and as many sixes.

Hardik Pandya turned up big at the crucial stage against New Zealand in the third ODI. The flamboyant all-rounder put the Indian innings back on track after a mini middle-order collapse. Hardik took charge in the rebuilding phase to help India finish on a high and post a mammoth 385/9 in 50 overs at Holkar Stadium.

Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill set the platform for a big score with a sensational 212-run opening stand but the middle-order failed to live up to the expectations. Virat Kohli (36), Ishan Kishan (17) and Suryakumar Yadav (14) failed to convert their good starts into a big scores as India lost wickets at regular intervals in middle-over.

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However, Pandya stood tall and scored 54 runs off 38 balls as his knock was laced with three fours and as many sixes. He was dismissed in the penultimate over by Jacob Duffy in an attempt to hit a big shot.

The fans on Twitter heaped huge praise on Pandya for his clean-hitting at the business end of the innings.

Earlier, Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma slammed sublime centuries to set the platform for a big score in Indore.

Gill, who slammed a sensational double century in the first ODI, ended the series on a high with a 112-run knock. He looked in imperious form during his magnificent knock which was laced with 13 fours and 5 sixes.

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While skipper Rohit Sharma also ended his 3-year-long century drought in ODIs with his majestic 101-run knock.

Blair Tickner (3-76) and Jacob Duffy (3-100) were the Michael Bracewell (1/51) were the wicket-takers for Black Caps.

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