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MI fans ‘behave’ after Virat Kohli’s appeal, cheer MI captain Hardik Pandya in rare sight

MI fans ‘behave’ after Virat Kohli’s appeal, cheer MI captain Hardik Pandya in rare sight

Mumbai Indians captain Hardik Pandya didn't hesitate to strike a six as the crowd at Wankhede cheered him on for the first time in IPL 2024

Mumbai Indians skipper Hardik Pandya was greeted with cheers from the crowd after striking a six at Wankhede stadium. Pandya, who replaced Rohit Sharma as the MI skipper ahead of IPL 2024, has been booed at venues across India so far. This time around, the fans at Mumbai decided to back their captain as they cheered on while he batted.

Fans cheer for Hardik Pandya!

RCB batter Virat Kohli was also seen urging fans in Mumbai to cheer Hardik Pandya as the MI skipper batted. And right on cue, the MI fans started cheering for their skipper after the King’s request.

As the crowd chanted ‘Hardik, Hardik’, the MI skipper responed with a six. The response from the crowd resonated across the Wankhede stadium as the fans continued to cheer on Pandya. MI are chasing a 197-run target that was set by RCB.

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What happened in MI vs RCB first innings?

Dinesh Karthik played a sublime knock of 23-ball 53 to take Royal Challengers Bengaluru to 196/8 after Jasprit Bumrah rattled the tail with a five-wicket haul. Earlier, Mumbai Indians skipper Hardik Pandya won the toss and opted to bowl. RCB, who have been heavily reliant on Virat Kohli, have brought in Will Jacks, dropping Cameron Green to the bench for the Wankhede clash.

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