Hardik Pandya : Happy to get Man of the match award for my bowling

Mumbai Indians' bowler Hardik Pandya celebrates after taking the wicket of Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni during the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL)
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Mumbai, May 6 (IANS) All-rounder Hardik Pandya once again won a match for his team, this time though it was his bowling which helped Mumbai knock out Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) of the tournament.

Pandya’s 2 for 20 in 3 overs helped secure a convincing nine-wicket victory in what turned out to be a one-sided clash at the Wankhede on Sunday.

The Surat boy picked up the crucial wickets of Chris Lynn and Shubman Gill stopping KKR from getting off to a flying start. It was after those two fell that Kolkata never got going and ended up posting just a paltry 133/7 in their 20 overs.

The 25-year-old ended up bagging the Man of the Match award.

Speaking after the game, Pandya said he was really pleased to get the MoM for his bowling.

“For sure, getting a Man of the Match for my bowling is really pleasing. To be honest as a batsman, there is nothing better than hitting a ball. People don’t expect a lot from my bowling, neither do I, but it feels nice,” he said in the post-match presentation ceremony.

The all-rounder has been in tremendous form with the bat in this IPL edition, scoring 380 runs of 14 matches at a strike rate of 198.

Pandya said he considers himself a regular four-over bowler.

“I definitely look at myself as a four-over bowler, I am ready to do whatever my team wants me to do, bowl four, ten or even fifteen overs in a Test match. We have one more bowling option and it helps when somebody has an off day.”

The three-time IPL champions, who finished in pole position with 18 points from 14 matches, will now take on second-placed Chennai Super Kings in the Qualifier 1 in Chennai on Tuesday.

“Definitely, Chennai is a different challenge all together. It will be a cracker of a game. We just hope to get the best out of that one and go through to the finals,” Pandya insisted.

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