WATCH: Pandya's one handed catch surprises Dhoni, becomes talking point on Nehra's farewell

WATCH: Pandya's one handed catch surprises Dhoni, becomes talking point on Nehra's farewell

By: || Updated: 02 Nov 2017 09:50 AM
New Delhi: Tuesday night was all about Ashish Nehra and his farewell. If there was any room at the centre stage leaving aside Nehra’s towering presence, it was taken by Indian openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma for putting the highest ever partnership of 158 for India in T20Is. Bypassing all this, Hardik Pandya managed to stand up tall, not because of his monstrous sixes but because of a flying one hander that even surprised MS Dhoni.

When New Zealand fielders were struggling to hold onto the ball, dropping as many as four catches, Pandya showed exactly how crucial a catch could be in terms of the outcome of the match.

Standing at a wider than usual long off, Pandya knew Martin Guptill would look to go aerial to put Yuzvendra Chahal off his length. After all, New Zealand were chasing 203 and needed a brisk start from one of their most experienced limited overs players.

It took Guptill only three deliveries to go for the lofted shot but he could not connect as well as he would have liked to. Pandya started the sprint as soon the ball left Guptill’s bat. After running for a good 30 meters, Pandya flew to his right and somehow managed to hold onto the ball inches off the ground.

New Zealand lost its first wicket with only six on board and there innings never took flight afterwards as they could only manage 149 in 20 overs to slump to their first ever T20 defeat to India  by 53 runs.

Pandya, who was out for a duck, more than made up for his lapses with bat through this wonderful catch that caught the imagination of Mohammad Kaif, who himself took a similar catch against Pakistan at Karachi in 2004.

“That was a blinder from Hardik Pandya. Running with a full length dive and having control over the ball. Top top effort,’ tweeted Kaif.

Pandya also picked up the wicket of New Zealand captain Kane Williamson for 28.

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