India’s flamboyant all-rounder Hardik Pandya played a dominating knock on Friday as he smashed a 9-ball 32 in the 2nd T20I against Ireland to the visitors to reach the total of 213/4 in their quota in 20 overs. After staying unbeaten in the Indian innings, he also impressed with the ball by taking a wicket and conceded just 10 runs in 2 overs at an economy rate of 5.
The Men in Blue bundled the innings of Ireland for a meager score of 70 runs and recorded a comprehensive 143-run victory to win the series 2-0. After the win, Hardik took to Instagram and credited former Indian skipper MS Dhoni’s daughter Ziva Dhoni for getting his form back.
Pandya shared a video of Ziva, with the caption, “Oh I think that I found myself a cheerleader ?? ?????????? @zivasinghdhoni006 ??????Video courtesy: @sakshisingh_r. In the video shared with Pandya by Dhoni’s wife Sakshi, the 3-year old was seen cheering for the right handed-batsman. “Come on! Come on, Hardik.”
Here is the video of the same:
In his knock of 32, Pandya hit four sixes, and a four. In 2 T20Is against Ireland, he has scored 38 runs at a strike rate of 380. India completed the formality of a 2-0 win in Ireland on Friday with their biggest ever T20 victory, by 143 runs.
Siddarth Kaul, who took 21 wickets in the IPL 2018, got the chance to make his T20I debut on Friday and took a wicket in his second over although once again it was the magic of India’s spin twins Kuldeep Yadav and player of the series Yuzvendra Chahal who ripped through the Ireland line-up, sharing six wickets as Ireland were bowled out in just 12.3 overs for 70.
KL Rahul, who was rested in the first match, scored 70 off 36 balls and with Suresh Raina hitting 69 off 45 as India totaled 213-4.
After clinching the two matches T20I series against Ireland, India will now travel to England for a 3 T20Is, 3 ODIs and 5 Test match series.