Much like several run-chases in the past, the star of the one-off T20I between India and Sri Lanka was none other than Virat Kohli. Although, he led the chase of 171 runs from the front with a scintillating knock of 82 runs, it was Manish Pandey who anchored the innings from the other end with a composed knock of 51 not out off 36 deliveries.
From the very first delivery of his innings, Manish showed a busy approach and steadfastness at the crease. He was well aware of the role he needed to play. With Kohli at the other end, he hardly needed to bother about the run-rate. He knew that he only needed to rotate the strike and pick up those odd boundaries on offer.
He maintained the same approach throughout the innings and the result was pretty special. Not only he hit the winning runs but he also brought up his maiden T20I fifty with a boundary over the cover region.
Here’s the video of Manish Pandey scoring the winning runs: