Mumbai Indians put on a fine batting display against Kolkata Knight Riders in their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 match in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday as they beat Dinesh Karthik’s side by 49 runs. A fine knock of 80 from Rohit Sharma and a quickfire 47 by Suryakumar Yadav helped propel them to 195 against KKR. Flamboyant all-rounder Hardik Pandya also provided some fireworks, taking on a hapless Pat Cummins and smashing him for 15 runs in his third over. However, his batting display was not the only entertainment Pandya provided. In the 19th over, Andre Russell steamed in and bowled a wide delivery that Hardik Pandya decided to leave alone. However, he was standing so deep in his crease, his bat hit the stumps, dislodging the bail.
As Pandya walked out for 18 off 13 deliveries, social media got to work and soon there was a flurry of memes about the Pandya’s moment of misfortune.
From memes involving popular Indian TV shows to jokes about “aatmanirbharta” (self-dependence), Twitter had it all.
Take a look for yourself:
— Aniket Sharma (@theonlypandit20) September 23, 2020
Hardik Pandya after getting out from hit wicket pic.twitter.com/9ALhBv0N1n
— Tanishq (@Tanishq_4090) September 23, 2020
— Naman (@sharmaaaji) September 23, 2020
KKR bowlers trying to take wicket of hardik pandya
*Le hardik pandya pic.twitter.com/nN9sAHjBGp
— Raghav Pagare (@RaghavPagare7) September 23, 2020
*Hardik Pandya hitted wicket*
Meanwhile Russel who was bowling: pic.twitter.com/4fdHsOJGEN
— JATTSINHOOD (@jattsinhood) September 23, 2020
fans watching pandya’s wicket: pic.twitter.com/QD8rAgQ50U
— Omkar (@Me0mkar) September 23, 2020
— Harshit Joshi (@joshiiharshit) September 23, 2020
Kolkata Knight Riders had gotten off to a good start after captain Dinesh Karthik won the toss and opted to field. Shivam Mavi grabbed the early wicket of Quinton de Kock too.
But then Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock put on a 90-run stand. Rohit and Hardik carried on after Yadav’s departure, but a flurry of wickets meant MI couldn’t get to the 200-run mark.
However, some good bowling and some poor shots by KKR batsmen saw them restricted to 146/9. While Hardik Pandya did not bowl in the match, he took some good catches to put a dent in KKR’s attempted chase.
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