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Sehwag explains Pandey’s inability to hit boundaries

Former India opener Virender Sehwag thinks that Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) top-order batsman Manish Pandey didn’t get the deliveries in his area in the match against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Sunday in Chennai, that’s why he struggled to hit boundaries in the last 6 overs.

Pandey didn’t hit any boundaries in the match after 13th over despite the required run-rate went higher and higher for SRH to win the match. He hit a six in the last ball of the match which was of no use at that time as his team were restricted to 177/5 and lost the match by 10 runs.

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The 31-year Pandey was unbeaten on 61 runs off 44 balls hitting 2 fours and 3 sixes.

Sehwag explained about Pandey’s innings after the match in a conversation with Cricbuzz. “Pandey couldn’t hit a boundary in the last three overs he batted against KKR. That lone six came off the last ball when the match was over. He had an important role play. He already had faced the pressure and was set. Had he taken the initiative to smash a few boundaries, SRH wouldn’t have lost the game by 10 runs,” Sehwag told Cricbuzz.

“It happens sometimes that you are a set batsman but you don’t get the balls to hit. I think the same thing had happened with Manish Pandey. He didn’t get any ball in his radar and hence, he couldn’t hit a six,” he added.

SRH’s next task will be against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on April 14. RCB beat defending champions Mumbai in the first match of this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL).

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