Hardik played a sensational knock (63 off 33) to propel India to a decent 168/6 in 20 overs
While Kohli was sublime in smashing four fours and a six in his 40-ball 50, his fourth fifty of the tournament, Pandya gave a massive boost to the Indian innings in the last five overs with a 33-ball 63
Pandya had been one of the main architects in India’s thrilling four-wicket victory over Pakistan.
The ICC has termed these kind of dismissals as 'run out' and removed them from the 'unfair play' section from its rule book.
Later on Monday, Kohli and Pandya had a special conversation in which they shared their experiences of special knocks, game-changing sixes and thrilling victory at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Pandya insisted his partner to share his overwhelming yet emotional experience on the field.
The video begins with both of them, dead-serious in shades, syncing their steps to the beat, before Kohli breaks into a smile and peels off.
In the video, Pandya is seen imitating experienced pacer Jasprit Bumrah’s bowling action.
After winning the toss, Pandya said that Rohit, Rishabh Pant, Suryakumar Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are rested from the fifth T20I.
Hardik Pandya was the top scorer with a run-a-ball 31, while Rishabh Pant (24) and Ravindra Jadeja (27) also got starts but couldn't capitalise.
Hardik, who has been in sensational form and played a match-winning knock in the series-decider 3rd ODI against England, has been given a break from the three 50-over matches against the West Indies.
Pandya has shared an emotional video on his journey through ‘the ups and downs’
The stump mic picked up Hardik using harsh words at Rohit but it was not clear what he said.
Hardik became only the fourth player from full member nations to score a fifty and take four wickets in a T20I match.
Hardik Pandya backed young pace sensation Umran Malik to make his mark on the international stage despite his nervous debut
Both Hardik Pandya and Dinesh Karthik having joined the forces has added greater depth to India's T20I batting line-up.
The all-rounder has been in good batting form during the ongoing five-match series, scoring 117 runs, at a strike rate of 153.94, averaging 58.50, in four matches so far.
Hardik has got so much experience now. He knows what he needs to do. He doesn't need to be told by coaches what he needs to do, said Australian pace legend Glenn McGrath.
India will play two T20Is on June 26th and 28th in Dublin.
There is speculation that all-rounder Hardik Pandya could lead a new-look side, as several key players will most likely be rested
Really proud of the boys. When we started this journey together, we obviously believed in ourselves, but before the 14th game to have qualified, it's a great effort and really proud of us, said Hardik Pandya