Team India and Mumbai Indians Hardik Pandya started his IPL 2018 campaign with an injury as he was carried off the field after twisting his ankle during the opening encounter against Chennai Super Kings at Wankhede Stadium on Saturday. However, Pandya returned on the field and bowled confidently, claiming the wicket of Shane Watson (16) and Suresh Raina (4).
Pandya, who remained unbeaten on 22 off 20 balls, forged a fine 52-run stand with elder brother Krunal, who smashed 41 off 22 balls.
The freak injury happened off the final delivery of the Mumbai Indians innings bowled by Dwayne bravo. Pandya wanted to go for a second run but twisted his ankle.
He was writhing in pain and asked for assistance as he was barely able to stand on his feet. It was MI support staff that helped him to leave the ground.
The extent of the injury was yet to be ascertained.
(With PTI inputs)