GT skipper Hardik Pandya was hit on his shoulders immediately after walking in the middle at No. 3 against SRH on Wednesday, but the former gave a perfect reply by smashing the next ball for four runs. However, Umran had the last laugh in the next over, as he bamboozled Hardik with pace and bounce.
Match 40 between Gujarat Titans (GT) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) was hung in balance at the end of nine overs during GT's chase, where they were set a challenging target of 196. The Hardik Pandya-led side were 67/0 in 7.3 overs before Umran Malik castled Shubman Gill to give the breakthrough wicket. Hardik walked into bat at No. 3, and Umran welcomed with a 145.4kph bouncer. It hit Hardik's shoulders. The physio came out to check, but Hardik asked him to go back.
Then, Hardik gave a fitting reply to Umran by punching him trhough mid-off for four. It was short of a length delivery and Pandya read it well before driving towards mid-off, where no one was placed.
However, Umran had the last laugh by dismissing Hardik in his next over. Hardik was surprsied by Umran's pace and bounce and fell for 10 off six balls.
Send physio back! That attitude🔥
Umran Malik the fire🔥
Big one for Umran there!
Classy shot from Hardik!🔥
WoW second time UMRAN MALIK has smacked HARDIK PANDYA first ball & then Hardik hit him for four🔥— Sushant Mehta (@SushantNMehta) April 27, 2022
This contest is what I was waiting for 👏
That should have been controlled!
Umran Malik gets Hardik Pandya this time! Hardik hit him for 2 boundaries after getting hit on the shoulder himself but then got out playing an aggressive shot!— Aritravo🔴🏆🙌 (@aritravo_auddy) April 27, 2022
Hardik 1-1 Umran... https://t.co/aiFEdhhRIR