Hardik Pandya and Rishabh Pant lead India’s win by wickets as 100 Power India win over England in ODI series

Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya led India to a memorable win over England.
Image Source: ICC Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya led India to a memorable win over England.

Highlight

  • Rohit won the toss and decided to bowl first.
  • Hardik Pandya scored a career-best 4/24.
  • Rishabh Pant scored 125 runs in 113 balls.

Rishabh Pant’s scintillating maiden 100 and Hardik Pandya’s all-round show helped India beat England by 5 Wicket to win the third ODI and series 2-1.

Rohit won the toss and decided to bowl first. Bowling first, Hardik Pandya scored a career-best 4/24 as a disciplined India bowled out England for 259 with four overs to spare in the series-deciding third and final ODI here on Sunday.

Captain Jos Buttler hit 60 off 80 balls for England, but it was the flamboyant Gujarat all-rounder who dominated the first half of the match with his scintillating bowling, warning opponents later in the year. T20 World Cup.

Playing in place of the injured Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Siraj built up massive confidence early on, after dismissing Jonny Bairstow on his third ball of the day. Just as the England opener shaped it into play on the leg-side, the bat turned into his hand and the ball started moving to Shreyas Iyer with an edge over mid-off.

His tail up, Siraj then runs to bowl Vipul Joe Root, gets to take the ball away, and the outside edge is well taken by skipper Rohit Sharma at second slip. Siraj fours Root with his late movement. With their two in-form batsmen back in the hut for ducks, England were in trouble at 12 for two.

This happened when Jason Roy (41) hit three fours off Mohammed Shami, which included a four through mid-off off the very first ball of the match. Rohit made a bold move to field first, noting that eight of the last nine matches at Old Trafford have been won by teams batting first.

His English counterpart Buttler was happy to bat first and Bumrah was not resting for the hosts. But little did he know that a replacement for the world-class bowler for the day would rock his boat so early in his innings, that too on a batting-friendly wicket.

Ben Stokes showed what a fine pitch to bat on when he offered the face of the blade to push the ball through the off-side for a boundary.

Roy and Stokes stabilized the innings, but when their counterattack partnership reached 54 runs, Hardik caught them behind by tying them down by bowling a tight line and length.

The ball was on the short side but there was hardly any room for Roy to free his arms, and the result was that England lost their third wicket with 66 runs on the board. In the middle of a fine spell, Hardik kept the pressure on his side and soon he got the English Test captain caught and bowled.

It was a reward for some brilliant bowling from Hardik, who saw the disheartened Stokes walk out, after which the all-rounder got his second wicket.

India’s bowling was so tight that since Roy’s departure, England could score only 16 runs in seven overs. Coming back into the attack, Siraj hit Butler on the helmet twice in the span of three balls. On both the occasions, the physio looked at him as per the concussion protocol, but the batsman seemed fine.

The English captain meanwhile had Yuzvendra Chahal (3/60) at long-on for six overs, Moeen Ali (34) scoring the maximum against Siraj before the duo again hit a six each down that order. Moin was dismissed on the leg-side off Ravindra Jadeja, who took a brilliant catch coming a long way from deep square leg. England were eventually bundled out for 259 and could not even play their full quota of 50 overs.

Chasing 260, India lost Dhawan and Rohit early. Kohli scored 17 runs before Topley was dismissed. Suryakumar Yadav also failed to impress as the MI batsman was dismissed for 16 off 28 balls.

After this Hardik came in the middle with Pant. Both started off cautiously but then switched to attacking paths. Pandya, in particular, was attacking at his best as the GT skipper smashed a sensational 71 off just 55 balls.

Rishabh Pant continued till the end, scoring his first 100, scoring 125 off 113 balls, hitting 5 consecutive fours off Willie in the 42nd over to take his side home. Overall, India capped off a very successful tour of England. They drew the Test series, won the T20I series 2–1 and closed it with a 2–1 win in the ODI series.

(Inputs PTI)

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