2nd T20I: Justin Langer draws MS Dhoni analogy for Hardik Pandya after India star’s Sydney heroics

2nd T20I: Justin Langer draws MS Dhoni analogy for Hardik Pandya after India star’s Sydney heroics

Australia coach Justin Langer was in awe of India’s all-rounder Hardik Pandya’s match-winning innings in the 2nd T20I as he equated Pandya to former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni as a finisher on Sunday.

Pandya shone bright with the bat in the limited-overs matches against Australia, helping the visitors claim the T20 series after two big losses in the preceding ODI rubber. Chasing the 195-run target, Hardik Pandya produced a match-winning knock of 42 not out off 22 balls to get India home in the last over.

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This is India’s 9th successive win in T20I cricket as Virat Kohli’s men stretched their unbeaten run in T20Is to 7 series.

“It was an incredible spectacle of a game. We know how dangerous he (Pandya) is. In the past we had MS Dhoni and the way he (Pandya) played today,” Langer said at the virtual post-match press conference.

“He has played really well all summer so, obviously it was a great innings in the end there.”

Langer admitted that India were too good for his side with a lot of experienced T20 players in their ranks.

“I thought the whole game was a very close one. Our fielding was absolutely incredible, it was electric to watch, but India with their experienced T20 players were too good for us today,” said the Australia coach.

“I am proud of my players. It was a great spectacle, on a Sunday night India versus Australia, it got so close, it was a really exciting game. We batted really well, had enough runs and thought India would have to bat really well.”

The third and final T20I game will be played at Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday.

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