IPL 2019: Hardik Pandya seems to have made the helicopter shot his own. He played it twice during KKR vs MI twice and on both occasions, he timed it perfectly. It was a day when whatever he touched turned to gold. Pandya smashed the fastest fifty of the season in 177 balls. Chasing a mammoth 233, the highest total of the season, Hardik came in at a point when the run rate required per over was touching 10. Hardik got started from the outset as he smashed the ball to all parts. Hardik Pandya smashed a breathtaking 34-ball 91.
Here is his version of the helicopter shot:
Pandya’s innings was laced with nine humongous sixes and six fours.
Earlier in the day, promoted to No. 3 for the first time this season, Andre Russell smashed a typically whirlwind 80* while Shubman Gill and Chris Lynn also slammed half-centuries to help Kolkata Knight Riders post an imposing 232/2 — the highest total in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) — against Mumbai Indians at the Eden Gardens on Sunday.
Needing a victory to even dream of a berth in the playoffs, KKR were off to a flying start riding on Lynn (54; 29 balls, 4×8, 6×2) and Gill’s (76; 45 balls, 4×6, 6×4) 96-run opening stand which came off just 57 deliveries. Gill’s chanceless knock was also his highest T20 score.
At the time of filing the copy, Mumbai was 187/6 in the 19th over. Russell was brilliant with the ball as well, as he scalped two wickets and conceded 25 runs in his four overs quota.