IPL 2019: Hardik Pandya plays a perfect helicopter shot against KKR - Watch
Hardik Pandya hit the perfect helicopter shot off KKR left-arm medium pacer Harry Gurney’s bowling in the 13th over of the MI innings.Updated: Apr 29, 2019 20:39 IST
Hardik Pandya may not have ended up on the winning side on Sunday but his sparkling innings against Kolkata Knight Riders drew praise from all quarters. Chasing 233, Hardik’s 91 from 34 balls kept MI in the hunt till his dismissal swung the game in favour of KKR at the Eden Gardnes. In the end, Mumbai could only manage 198 for 7 and KKR won the match by 34 runs to bring an end to their six-match losing streak in IPL 2019.
Hardik hit 9 sixes and 6 fours, scoring at a strike rate of 267.65. He in the process also registered the fastest fifty of this year’s IPL, getting to the mark off just 17 balls. The record previously belonged to Delhi Capitals’ Rishabh Pant who scored an 18-ball fifty against Mumbai Indians.
Among his 9 sixes, one in particular continued to be the talking point even after the match. Hardik hit the perfect helicopter shot off KKR left-arm medium pacer Harry Gurney’s bowling in the 13th over of the MI innings. Gurney bowled it full around the off stump and Pandya shuffled, used his wrists and timed the helicopter shot to perfection. The ball landed well over the deep mid-wicket boundary.
The helicopter shot has turned out to be one of the main weapons for Pandya this season. He had played the same shot earlier against Delhi Capitals’ Kagiso Rabada and against Chennai Super Kings’ Dwyane Bravo.
Pandya’s innings was however, not enough to get MI over the line. Mumbai Indians wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock pointed out that the outcome of the match could have been different had a couple of batsmen supported Pandya.
“We would have loved a couple of less wickets when Kieron (Pollard) and Hardik walked in. But, unfortunately, it didn’t happen today so there’s the collapse and no one batting with Hardik made it harder for us,” said de Kock at the post-match press conference.