New Delhi: Hardik Pandya was at his explosive best as he blasted 108 off a mere 96 balls in a devastatingly entertaining hundred versus Sri Lanka in Pallekele. It was the fastest hundred by an Indian batsman coming in at number eight or below. Pandya took only 86 balls to complete his ton during the ongoing third and final Test of the series. Virender Sehwag and Mohammad Kaif lead in celebrating Pandya’s hundred on Twitter. Here are some of the most interesting tweets.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 13, 2017
What an unbelievable innings by Hardik Pandya.Counter attack at its best.Scored his first 50 of 61 balls ,the second of 25.Brilliant#INDvSL
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) August 13, 2017
100 in a session too for @hardikpandya7 . Extraordinary ability to move up a gear but it was the first 50 that interested me more.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) August 13, 2017
Hard Hitting Pandya...What. An. Innings. #SLvIND
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) August 13, 2017
Hardik Pandya now 81st batsman to make 483rd Test century for India!#SLvInd
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 13, 2017
India made 487 in their first innings and were dismissed after lunch without adding any more runs to the total after the break.
Resuming the day at 329/6, wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha (16), who was batting with Pandya, failed to respond to the pressure situation and was dismissed by Vishwa Fernando early.
Incoming batsman Kuldeep Yadav (26), who was drafted in the team in place to Ravindra Jadeja, showed his temperament and forged a 62-run partnership with the Baroda player and helped India to cross 400-run mark.
Soon, Kuldeep was sent packing by left arm wrist spinner Lakshan Sandakan. Incoming batsman Mohammad Shami (8) tried to pace up the innings with Pandya but failed to do as he was caught by the bowler Sandakan.
With nine wickets down, Pandya started thrashing the Sri Lankan bowlers all around the park. Umpires also extended the morning session. Unperturbed by the conditions, Pandya continued his show and created havoc among the Sri Lankan bowlers.
In the process, Pandya completed his century. Umesh Yadav also supported him at the other end and both batsmen survived the extended morning session without losing their wickets. (With wires inputs)