Mumbai Indians all-rounder Hardik Pandya heaped rich praise on young wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan after the duo demolished the Delhi Capitals bowling unit in Qualifier 1 of IPL 2020 in Dubai on Sunday. Hardik and Ishan added 60 runs in just 23 balls as they pushed Mumbai's total to 200 in 20 overs.
Hardik Pandya labeled Ishan Kishan a 'pocket dynamite' after the left-hander struck an unbeaten 55 in just 30 balls, hitting 3 sixes and 4 boundaries. Ishan played a big role as Mumbai Indians were in a spot of bother having lost half-centurion Suryakumar Yadav and Kieron Pollard in quick succession. MI were 140 for 4 in 16.1 overs but a late blitz from Kishan and Pandya helped them post a big total in a big-ticket match.
Hardik Pandya hit 37 off 14 balls, smashing 5 sixes as he took Delhi Capitals' two big pacers in Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje to the cleaners. The South African duo leaked 92 runs between them in 8 overs, picking up a solitary wicket as Pandya and Kishan demolished the Delhi bowling attack at the death.
"Kishan is pocket dynamite. He has been fantastic for us, opening, at four, and the way he scored at the death was fantastic," Pandya said.
Ishan Kishan has scored 483 runs at IPL 2020 at a stunning strike rate of over 140. The left-hander has consistently delivered as he stepped up in the absence of Rohit Sharma who missed 4 matches due to a hamstring injury.
I enjoy batting: Hardik Pandya
On the other hand, Hardik Pandya has been consistently delivering these big knocks at the death for Mumbai Indians. He has scored 278 runs at a staggering strike rate of 182.
Talking about his finishing skills, Hardik said: "I enjoy batting, so I don't add a lot of pressure on myself. Even if the ball isn't there in my slot, I back myself and I am very confident about my game. I believe that if you work hard it comes good."
Despite losing captain Rohit Sharma and vice-captain Kieron Pollard for naughts, Mumbai Indians managed 200 in 20 overs and inched closer towards another final berth.