Hardik Pandya: Would have fancied my chances even if we needed 15 off final over

Pandya had a dream game, first scalping three wickets for 25 in his four overs and then finished the match unbeaten with a six off Mohammed Nawaz, having scored 33 invaluable runs off 17 balls.

India’s Hardik Pandya gestures after hitting the winning boundary during the match against Pakistan in Dubai.

India’s Hardik Pandya gestures after hitting the winning boundary during the match against Pakistan in Dubai. | Photo Credit: Anjum Naveed

Pandya had a dream game, first scalping three wickets for 25 in his four overs and then finished the match unbeaten with a six off Mohammed Nawaz, having scored 33 invaluable runs off 17 balls.

Hardik Pandya was planning one over at a time and would have “fancied” his chances even if India needed 15 runs rather than the seven that it scored in the final over to win its Asia Cup opener against Pakistan.

Pandya had a dream game, first scalping three wickets for 25 in his four overs and then finished the match unbeaten with a six off Mohammed Nawaz, having scored 33 invaluable runs off 17 balls.

India defeated Pakistan by five wickets on Sunday to go to the top of its group, that also includes Hong Kong.

“In a chase like this, you always plan over-by-over. I always knew that there is one young bowler (Naseem Shah or Shahnawaz Dahani) and also one left-arm spinner (Nawaz),” Pandya said after the match.

“We only needed seven off the last over but even if we needed 15, I’d have fancied myself. I know the bowler is under more pressure than me in the 20th over. I try to keep things simple,” said India’s No. 1 all-rounder.

As far as bowling is concerned, Pandya knew that he needed to mix short balls and induce batters into making mistakes.

“In bowling, it’s important to assess the situations and use your weapons. For me, bowling short and the hard lengths have been my strengths. It’s about using them well and asking the right questions to make the batters commit a mistake,” he said.

India will play Hong Kong on Wednesday.

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