Hardik Pandya Refuses To Take a Single Despite Dinesh Karthik at The Non-striker’s End

In the final inning of the Indian innings during the first T20I opening series against South Africa on Thursday night, Hardik Pandya curiously rejected a single despite having Dinesh Karthik’s finish at the non-attacker end. India would finish with a total of 211/4 but they failed to defend it.

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With India 202/3 after 19 increases, the quick right-armed Anrish Nortjee came in 20th and landed a big hit when he dumped Captain Rishabh Pant from the first delivery. Walked into Karthik in no. 5 and went for a huge shot but ended up missing a full delivery.

Far from next, Karthik, who was in excellent shape during the IPL 2022 which earned him a call-up for India after nearly three years of waiting, somehow managed to get in touch and set off Pandya on a risky single knowing that his batting partner was struggling a bit.

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Next, Pandya, who was also in great contact during the IPL as he led his Gujarat Titans franchise to the title, blasted his fourth delivery of six. This was followed by Nortje with the yorker meticulously and moved to the middle of the deep.

Surprisingly enough, Pandya didn’t go to what would have been easy to show faith in himself to end roles with the big hit. However, Nortje yorker landed another in which the founder of India was able to play for a long time and collect a couple.

Fantastic half centuries from Rassie van der Dousen and David Miller took South Africa to the target with five charges to spare Indian bowlers a nightmare.

Pant admitted, during his post-match presentation, that the hitters put in enough runs but the bowlers were a bit far away.

“We had enough on the board, but I guess we couldn’t put it to death. But sometimes you have to take credit for the opposition. Miller and RvD hit really well. The slower balls worked when we were hitting, but the wicket improved in the second rounds. , “He said.

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