With their backs against the wall, Rishabh Pant and his teammates delivered on Tuesday, defeating South Africa by 48 runs to keep the series alive. Hardik Pandya, who batted at No. 5, smashed a 21-ball 31. During his knock, he was relieved when David Miller dropped him. In addition, during his 21-ball stay, he hit two streaky boundaries.
Former India cricketer Amit Mishra came up with a hilarious tweet to describe Hardik's cameo after his innings. Hardik, according to Mishra, is so 'lucky' that he can fly a low-on-fuel plane with a faulty engine through a thunderstorm and safely land it at his destination.
“Hardik Pandya is so lucky today that he can fly a low-on-fuel plane, with a faulty engine, in a thunderstorm and yet can land it safely to the destination,” Mishra tweeted.
Meanwhile, Yuzvendra Chahal (3/20) and Harshal Patel (4/25) led the way with the ball after sizzling half-centuries from Ruturaj Gaikwad (57) and Ishan Kishan (54) powered India to 179 for five.
After opener Gaikwad turned things around with a scintillating knock and Ishan scored his second fifty of the series, the bowlers came up big.
Gaikwad, who has been criticized for his inconsistent form of late, hit two maximums and seven fours in his 35-ball innings, and Ishan, who was asked to take the first strike, also scored 35 runs in 35 balls.