Wow. Just WOW!
Playing in just the third test match of his cricket career, Hardik Pandya came out on Day 2 of the 3rd and final test against Sri Lanka, and smashed an 86-ball century, which is the first of his career and his highest ever first-class score.
Remember, Hardik was batting at just 50 when the 9th wicket went and none would’ve thought that there were chances of him getting to a century. However, these two batsmen put up a record last wicket stand which is still on as I type this – highest 10th wicket partnership in Sri Lanka.
Coming back to Hardik, he broke a few records himself with this knock. Batting at number 8, he brought up the fastest test century for an Indian batting at #8 or lower, beating a Kapil Dev record. He also scored the most runs off a single over by an Indian in India’s test cricket history.
As Malinda Pushpakumara came on to bowl the 116th over, never would he have thought that he was going to be tonked for 26 runs, including 2 fours and 3 sixes. It’s been a breathtaking innings so far and we hope it goes on for a bit longer.
India went into Lunch on Day 2 with 487/9 on the board – Hardik Pandya 108*, Umesh Yadav 3*. Lets not forget about the Umesh contribution in this unbeaten partnership of 66(46). While Pandya has been good, Sri Lanka have not been up to the mark in that opening session either.
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