IPL 2022: Hardik Pandya's wife Natasa Stankovic breaks into an impromptu celebration after Sunil Narine's dismissal
Hardik Pandya scored a 49-ball 67 against KKR
Hardik Pandya’s better half Natasa Stankovic was ecstatic after West Indies power-hitter Sunil Narine was dismissed early during the Kolkata Knight Riders’ run chase against Gujarat Titans in Match 35 of IPL 2022 at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai on April 23.
This was a much-needed breakthrough for the Titans defending a total of 156 that they had posted after winning the toss and batting first. Both Sunil Narine and wicketkeeper-batter Sam Billings were promoted as openers. However, the move to send Narine as a pinch-hitter failed yet again.
On the second ball of the third over Gujarat’s frontline pacer, Mohammed Shami bowled one on his legs as the southpaw attempted to pull it towards the leg sid. Even though he got the timing right, Narine found the fielder as Lockie Ferguson completed a good catch at fine-leg and the left-hander had no choice but to walk back to the dugout for a run-a-ball five. Meanwhile, Hardik’s wife Natasa was seen breaking into an impromptu celebration after the batter’s dismissal. The video of the same has gone viral on social media.
Watch the video here:
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Hardik Pandya continues his splendid run in IPL 2022
Hardik Pandya is in the form of his life in IPL 2022. After missing the last game against the defending champions Chennai Super Kings due to an injury, the younger Pandya made amends for it really well. He single-handedly led his team from the front with the bat and went on to score 67 runs from 49 deliveries including four fours and two sixes at a strike rate of 136.7.
After his dismissal in the 18th over by New Zealand speedster Tim Southee, GT’s innings lost momentum and they were eventually restricted to a manageable total of 156/9. Caribbean all-rounder Andre Russell ran through Gujarat’s batting line-up with an impressive four-wicket haul as he finished with figures of 4/5 from just the one over that he bowled.