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Watch: Hardik Pandya plucks one-handed blinder in his follow through as NZ dramatically lose top order in powerplay

by Wisden Staff 5 minute read

New Zealand’s early innings collapse against India had many highlights from the home team, but perhaps none more so than Hardik Pandya’s barnstorming caught and bowled dismissal of Devon Conway.

Having seen his opening partner Finn Allen’s off stump knocked over with only the fifth ball of the match, Conway will have known that it was going to be a difficult day at the office.

He then lost Henry Nicholls and Daryl Mitchell within the next six overs.

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With a perilously low scoring rate as New Zealand’s innings neared the end of the 10th over, and perhaps hoping to increase the run rate, Conway pushed at a full Hardik Pandya delivery that seemed to pop higher up onto his bat than anticipated. The ball flew back towards Pandya, who stuck out his left hand, tumbling to the ground as he did so. It came fast but Pandya was able to make it stick, and send Conway on his way and leave New Zealand at 15-4 off 10 overs.

Only one over later, and they found themselves 15-5 after the loss of captain Tom Latham.

Glenn Phillips and Michael Bracewell mounted a comeback, but at this point it could be a case of too little, too late.

 

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