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Hardik Pandya slams whirlwind 39-ball 105 in DY Patil T20 Cup

Hardik Pandya slams whirlwind 39-ball 105 in DY Patil T20 Cup

Hardik Pandya recently returned to competitive cricket after undergoing surgery following a lower-back injury five months ago

On a comeback trail, Mumbai Indians all-rounder Hardik Pandya smashed his way to a sensational 105 in just 39 balls for Reliance 1 in the DY Patil T20 Cup on Friday.

Hardik, who returned to competitive cricket last week after undergoing back surgery, slammed eight fours and 10 sixes in his sizzling innings as Reliance 1 posted 252 for five against CAG in the Group C encounter.

Playing his second match post-surgery, Pandya also claimed five wickets in a splendid all-round show as Reliance 1 bowled out CAG for 151 to claim a 101 run win in its final league match at the Reliance Corporate Park in Ghansoli.

This is my second game after a long time. “For me, it is a good platform to see where I am currently and test my body. I am really happy with the way things have gone,” Hardik said on DY Patil Sports Academy Facebook page.

On his big-hitting prowess, the 26-year-old added: “If it’s there in my arc I just back myself and go for it. Most of the time, it comes out pretty well. There is no plan that I am going to go out there and smash it.”

The sensational performance of the all-rounder from Baroda was watched by the chairman of selectors MSK Prasad.

Pandya has been on the road to recovery after going under the knife following a lower-back injury five months ago.

The 26-year-old, who missed out on the New Zealand tour, had started bowling at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru after returning from a check-up in the UK.

Earlier in the day, Western Railway chased down Canara Bank’s 174-7 in just 13.1 overs to seal their quarter-final place.

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