IPL 2018, MI vs RR: Hardik Pandya Finds Unusual Way To Avoid Run-Out After His Bat Slips Off — Watch

IPL 2018, MI vs RR: Hardik Pandya held the nerve and smashed 36 runs off 21 balls, including 2 sixes and 3 boundaries. Mumbai Indians scored 168 runs in all

Hardik Pandya has been playing a vital role for Mumbai Indians (MI) in the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). With more than 15 wickets under his belt, he is in the race of getting the Purple Cap while with the bat, he has turned out to be a saviour on several occasions. On May 13 when MI welcomed Rajasthan Royals (RR) at the Wankhede Stadium, Pandya yet again played a crucial knock to add as many runs to the total as possible. Meanwhile, his presence of mind helped him avoid losing his wicket at the moment when his team needed him to withstand the RR bowling attack.

During the 14th over, Ishan Kishan was facing Dhawal Kulkarni while Pandya was ready to run from the non-striker’s end. While Kishan defended the ball and didn’t attempt for a single, Pandya had crossed almost half of the crease.

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When he realised the blunder, he turned around to get into the crease but his bat slipped off his hand. However, it didn’t bother him much as he was fast enough to put his foot inside the crease to save his wicket against a direct hit from Rahane.

Here’s the video:

This was not the end of this drama. The ball, after hitting the wickets, rolled down towards the boundary line. Till the time the fielder grabbed it and threw it back to the bowlers, Pandya and Kishan had taken two extra runs.

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Despite a good start, MI batsmen fumbled midway. Especially, skipper Rohit Sharma who went out on a golden duck. However, Pandya held the nerve and smashed 36 runs off 21 balls, including 2 sixes and 3 boundaries. Caribbean batsman Evin Lewis remained the highest scorer of the game. He scored 60 runs off 42 balls.

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Mumbai managed to put 168 runs on the board by the end of 20 overs after losing six wickets.