IPL 2024
Hardik Pandya Pulls Off A Cold Celebration After Dismissing Marco Jansen
By CricShots - May 6, 2024 10:59 pm
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In the 55th match of IPL 2024, Mumbai Indians (MI) skipper Hardik Pandya displayed a subdued yet impactful celebration following the dismissal of Sunrisers Hyderabad’s (SRH) all-rounder Marco Jansen at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium. Struggling to find his rhythm after taking over the captaincy from Rohit Sharma, Pandya seemed determined to turn the tide during MI’s clash against SRH.

Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya pulled off a cold celebration

Hardik Pandya’s bowling performance exemplified this newfound resolve, as he delivered a remarkable spell that yielded three crucial wickets while conceding just 31 runs. Removing Nitish Reddy, Shahbaz Ahmed, and Marco Jansen, Pandya maintained consistent lines and lengths throughout his four overs, posing significant challenges to the opposition batters.

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The highlight of Pandya’s spell came in the 16th over when he shattered Jansen’s stumps with a well-directed delivery on the middle stump. Jansen’s attempt to pull the ball for a boundary proved futile as he failed to connect, resulting in the timber being disturbed. With Jansen departing after a brief stint at the crease, SRH found themselves in dire straits at 124/7.

 

Despite Jansen’s dismissal, SRH managed to post a respectable total of 173/8, largely due to Pat Cummins’ brisk 35-run contribution. Pandya, speaking before the match, emphasized the team’s commitment to playing for pride and delighting their loyal fan base.

Currently positioned at the bottom of the IPL 2024 points table with three wins and eight losses, MI faces the risk of elimination if they fail to secure victory against SRH.

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Looking ahead, MI’s upcoming fixtures against Kolkata Knight Riders and Lucknow Super Giants present opportunities to salvage their campaign, albeit with slim hopes of securing a top-four finish. However, a defeat against SRH would mark the premature end of their IPL 2024 journey, underscoring the significance of the match for the struggling franchise.