The stakes are always high in the last over of an innings whether a team is setting a target or chasing one. Batsmen want to extract as many runs as they can from every ball and that makes them play few unorthodox shots which surprises quite a few. In the last over of first innings in Mumbai Indians (MI) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) clash, Pandya tried to slog every ball from Prasidh Krishna. In an attempt to do that, things got a little out of Pandya’s hand, quite literally!
Prasidh bowled a wide yorker to which Pandya went back to the crease and tried to muscle it over the covers. However, Pandya failed miserably as the ball took an outside edge and the bat went flying out of his hand towards square leg. This created confusion between Pandya and non-striker Jean-Paul Duminy as he wanted to take a single.
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— Faizal Khan (@faizalkhanm9) May 6, 2018
Dinesh Karthik was quick on feet and denied the all-rounder a single. The mix-up left commentators laughing. This was not the first time Pandya lost control of the bat. Earlier in the innings, he struck a one-handed-six off Piyush Chawla’s bowling in the 13th over.
The 24-year-old played a cameo for MI, scoring 35 runs from 20 deliveries including 4 fours and 1 six. He scored at a strike rate of 175 and remained not out. He helped his team to a total of 181 for 4.
The all-rounder did well with the ball as well in the powerplay overs, picking up the crucial wicket of in-form Under-19 player Shubman Gill.