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Hardik ‘pressure moment’ player for MI: Duminy

Kolkata, May 8: Heaping praise on India and Mumbai Indians all-rounder Hardik Pandya, Jean-Paul Duminy on Tuesday termed the Baroda all-rounder as "pressure-moment" player during the business end of the Indian Premier League (IPL) season.
Pandya, last Sunday, starred with bat and ball to help Mumbai record their second win on the bounce against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), a team they take on once again at the Eden Gardens on Wednesday.
"Those are type of players that we need specially at this time of the tournament where you kind of refer to them as pressure players or pressure moments (player) and you like those pressure moment players to step up and execute their skills to the best of their abibilty," South African Duminy told reporters on the eve of the game.
"He has been exceptional to watch. I have played against him a few times and now I have the opportunity to play with him. He is an exceptional talent and one of those characters that backs himself in pressure moments," the 34-year old added.
Pandya smacked an unbeaten 20-ball 35 in the previous game when the Mumbai middle- order flopped once again after Suryakumar Yadav and Evin Lewis gave the Rohit Sharma-led side a blistering start. IANS

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