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Manish Pandey saves India the blushes in Wellington

Jan 31, 2020 15:36 IST

India's top 3 may have created the buzz for quite a while now but when they fail it's Manish Pandey who does the dirty work for the team more often than not. New Zealand got a first-hand experience of that in the 4th T20 in Wellington. India found themselves in a sticky situation after being reduced to 88/6 but Manish Pandey with a 36-ball-50 saved the men in blue from being bowled out for an embarrassing total. It was the 2nd highest T20I score by an Indian batting at number 6 or below. He played risk-free cricket as his 3rd T20I half-century had just 3 boundaries yet he managed an impressive strike-rate of almost 140. Interestingly, the Karnataka batsman hasn't been dismissed since August 2019 and has stayed unbeaten in his last 6 T20I innings. Manish Pandey has truely been India's unsung hero in the shortest format for quite a while now.