Dominant India complete series win over Australia

Frederick Owens
September 27, 2017

Hardik Pandya smashed an entertaining 78 and took one wicket as India cruised to a five-wicket win over Australia in Indore to secure an unassailable 3-0 series lead. That time (Chennai ODI), I thought that Zampa was bowling and I knew that I could hit a six off him anytime I wanted to. He's (Pandya) a star, has the ability with the ball, bat and in the field.

At first, Australia opted to bat first after winning the toss and got a decent start when David Warner and Aaron Finch compiled a partnership of 70 runs. However, for the moment, Hardik Pandya would love nothing else but to hurt Australia again.

Pandya's knock on Sunday included 5 fours and 4 sixes while Ali hit seven 4s and a whopping 8 sixes in his knock. "Obviously the plan was to target the spinners and it came out pretty well".

It was Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane who provided India the early impetus, racking up 139 runs for the opening wicket. "That's why I waited till the seventh over and then I got the opportunity to change the momentum and eventually one over changed the momentum in that game (In Chennai ODI)". "I see these situations as opportunities". Pandya said. "Play your game, however you play".

Lloyd went on to say "He seems to have a lot to say to the batsmen, I'm not sure I'm agreeing with all that". I tried it and it came out pretty well. When I was told I was going to go out to bat next, I was happy. Kohli also revealed why Pandya was sent in the middle.

Dravid, who was Pandya's coach during an India A tour of Australia past year, hoped that the current India A players are able to emulate Pandya's batting approach.

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Pandya also dismissed suggestions that the team was under pressure while chasing an imposing 294 on Sunday after losing four top-order batsmen.

Many legends and experts have already hailed Pandya as one of the greatest gifts the sport has received in a long time. I can play all kinds of innings.

"I was batting on 40 or something and the equation was at run-a-ball, so we knew if we took the game deep into the chase, then the boundary balls would automatically come, since the margin of runs wasn't much", he said. This concept of "play your natural game", which I hear all the time, frustrates me because there's no such thing in my belief as "natural game".

Smith was gutted to have lost after being in a good position, and said: "We set it up beautifully, the first 37-38 overs". It's a treat to watch them play and score runs.

The all-rounder, hence, has been a subject of comparison with India legend Kapil Dev, who is regarded the best all-rounder the nation has produced.

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