IPL 2020 Eliminator: Manish Pandey was fired for 24 runs on 21 deliveries.© BCCI / IPL
SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) batsman Manish Pandey had the perfect answer in store for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper Virat Kohli, who attempted to drag the cricketer at the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 Eliminator on Friday. Manish started his innings on a cautious note, which may have been influenced by the rejection of opener Shreevats Goswami for a duck. SRH went on to chase a meager 132 target, giving the cricketer the whole world time to settle down before taking on the bowlers. Kohli tried to discourage the batsman with a cursory comment after a defensive shot, to which the SRH player responded appropriately. Two balls later, Manish played a cross-batted pull shot over deep mid-wicket after a short throw from Mohammed Siraj, with the ball moving on to clear the fence.
Here’s the video showing Kohli’s comment as well as the response from the SRH batsman:
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RCB further lost the do-or-die encounter by a margin of six wickets after half a century to New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson, rubbing salt on Kohli’s wounds. Williamson remained unbeaten with 50 of 44 deliveries in an innings consisting of two boundaries and an equal number of sixes.
The New Zealand cricketer was further supported by West Indian all-rounder Jason Holder, who on the other hand remained unbeaten.
This isn’t the first time Kohli has tried to discourage opponents. The India captain had tried to drag Suryakumar Yadav in a phase of competition against defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) earlier in the cash-rich competition.
Suryakumar remained untouched by the move and remained undefeated until the end as the Mumbai-based franchise took a dominant win.
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