Aap batao, mujhe nahi pata: Hardik Pandya refuses to single out any player after defeat in 1st T20I against Australia

After Mohali, the action will move to Nagpur where both sides will take on each other in the second T20 international at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium

Aakash SrivastavaAuthor

Updated - 21 September 2022 08:44 PM

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Star Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya was at his best on September 20 (Tuesday) as he smashed 71 off just 30 balls in the first T20 international against Australia in Mohali.

While Hardik along with KL Rahul (55 off 35) and Suryakumar Yadav (46 off 25) guided Team India to 208/6 in the 1st innings, Indian bowlers underperformed in the second innings which cost the game to the host.

Rohit Sharma & Co. appeared favourites when Aaron Finch-led side needed 55-runs off four overs with five wickets remaining, but the visitors reached their target with four balls to go.

Senior pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Harshal Patel succumbed to the pressure as they leaked nearly 53-runs combined in the death overs which pushed the host to the backfoot. Harshal's 18th was widely regarded as the turning point of the match as the pacer conceded 22-runs.

Meanwhile, Hardik Pandya admitted that the side failed to rise to the occasion but denied pointing out any single over or player which cost them the game.

"Aap batao, mujhe nahi pata, humko pata hota toh wahi nahi rok dete na. Dekho sir, pinpoint nahi kar sakte. Unke time pe bhi ek over mein 24-25 run aye, usse kuch farka nahi padta. Bilateral series hain aur do matches hain usmei koshish karenge kuch acha karne ki. (We can’t pinpoint any over or player. They also conceded more than 20 runs in an over. There are still two matches in the series, so we will try our best to make a comeback),”Hardik said while addressing the media post-match.

The prolific all-rounder also credited the Australian batter for overcoming the pressure and playing some good shots during their run chase.


"There was no dew on the ground, we have to give credit to the Australians. Maybe we could have executed our plans better. Our bowlers could have bowled better deliveries, but they played some good shots," Hardik concluded.

After Mohali, the action will move to Nagpur where both sides will take on each other in the second T20 international at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, followed by the final clash on September 25 at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, in Hyderabad.

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