'Hardik Pandya can be most dangerous Test batsman', Twitter reacts to Indian all-rounders ton against Sri Lanka

FP Sports, Aug, 13 2017

Hardik Pandya raced to his maiden international century off 86 balls as India were bowled out for 487 immediately after lunch on day two of the third Test against Sri Lanka in Pallekele on Sunday.

Hardik Pandya celebrates after scoring a century against Sri Lanka. AFP

Hardik Pandya celebrates after scoring a century against Sri Lanka. AFP

At the break, Pandya was unbeaten on 108 (93 balls, 8 fours and 7 sixes) while Umesh Yadav was batting on 3 as they added 66 runs for the last wicket, but the all-rounder fell on the third delivery after the restart.

With India resuming at 329 for 6, Pandya and Wriddhiman Saha (16) looked to bat for time in a bid to resurrect India's floundering first innings.
But they could only add 10 more runs to their overnight partnership as Saha was caught at gully off Vishwa Fernando (2-87) off the 9th ball of the morning.

Kuldeep Yadav (26) batted resolutely though and put on 62 runs with Pandya for the 8th wicket.

In doing so they took India past 400 in the 110th over, something that seemed unlikely at stumps on day one. The former then fell immediately afterwards caught behind off Lakshan Sandakan (4-132).

India became the first team to score 400-plus in three successive Tests of a series on Lankan soil.

Pandya then went into overdrive and put on 20 runs with Mohammed Shami (8), whilst reaching his half-century off 61 balls. Twitter went mad after the all-rounder's swashbuckling knock, and here's how some of the biggest names reacted to Pandya's ton.

 

With inputs from PTI

Published Date: Aug 13, 2017 | Updated Date: Aug 13, 2017



Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115