New Delhi: India all-rounder Hardik Pandya on Sunday proved, once again, why he is regarded one of the hottest talents in world cricket. Hosts India started their innings on a disastrous note, losing five wickets for 87 runs in the 22nd over in the first of ODI against Australia in Chennai.
Then came Pandya. The 23-year-old joined former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the centre. The duo revived the Indian innings, then soon the all-rounder got into an attacking mode.
In the 37th over, he attacked Aussie spinner Adam Zampa by hitting him for three successive sixes and a four. The over yielded 24 runs.
In the process, Pandya also brought up his third ODI fifty, with a six off the fourth ball.
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Pandya scored 83 off 66 balls with the help of five fours and five sixes. He also stitched a 118-run stand with MS Dhoni, who made 79, to help India post a good total of 281/7.
Earlier in the day, India won the toss and elected to bat first at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.