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Despite big hits, Hardik searching for the right bat

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Sydney, Dec 6 (IANS) All-rounder Hardik Pandya, who smashed an unbeaten 42 off 22 deliveries to continue his good run in the limited overs series, said he had been struggling to find the right bat to play with after his match bat was broken in the first One-day International at the SCG last week.

Pandya had a rare failure in the first T20I that India won after an ODI series where he scored a couple of 90s to be India’s standout performer with the bat.

“I am trying to figure out my bats now. My match bat got broken in the first ODI which I was playing for the last three years, so the whole series, all these five games, I have been trying to figure out which bat I should bat with,” said Pandya who hit two sixes to finish the match after India needed 14 in the last over from Australia pace bowler Daniel Sams.

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Pandya said that he did not want to leave the game to the last ball and went for the big hits.

“I felt two big hits (would do), since the last couple of games I was not able to connect so I thought a few things before coming to this game, and happy with the way it turned out… More than the six I wanted to finish because I have seen a couple of games, where with 6 off 3 balls, the game can go to the wire and I wanted to finish the game early,” he added.

–IANS

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