A batsman is considered to have played well when he scores runs. A batsman is considered to have played his best when he scores runs in a situation where his team requires them the most. The latter was what Manish Pandey did in this match against Mumbai Indians. The 27-year old batsman once again proved that he has it in him to carry the burden of his team on his shoulders.
Pandey came in to bat at 48-2 and saw the run rate drop in front of him. Wickets of Chris Lynn and Yusuf Pathan did not help his progress either. Perhaps, this was the added responsibility which was required to bring out the best in him. After steadily starting his knock, he chose to use the big handle during the slog overs.
In what was a one-man effort from the Knight Riders’ batsmen, Pandey fought hard to score 81* off 47 balls. His magnificent innings comprised of five fours and five sixes. The highlight of his innings was when he scored 18 runs off two balls in Mitchell McClenaghan’s over.
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