IND vs ENG 3rd ODI: After winning one game each by both sides, the ODI series boiled down to the series decider on Sunday, 17th July. India skipper, Rohit Sharma, once again, won the toss and decided to ball first. Jasprit Bumrah missed out due to injury but his replacement, M Siraj made a fantastic start to his spell.
He accounted for the wickets of Bairstow and Root in his very first over to leave England in trouble at 12 for 2 in 2 overs. Boy and Buttler then steadied the ship, adding 54 runs for the third wicket. Hardik Pandya, however, broke the partnership sending Roy back on 41 off 31. 3 overs later, Hardik had Stokes sent back to help India come back into the game.
Buttler (60) and Moeen Ali (34) then played handy knocks but couldn’t play till the end. Hardik Pandya kept picking wickets and returned with an outstanding bowling spell of 4 for 24 in 7 overs. England managed to score 259 runs at the end of the first innings.
In reply, India too didn’t get off to a great start as they had lost the likes of Dhawan (1), Rohit Sharma (17), and Virat Kohli (17) inside the first 10 overs. The man-in-form, Suryakumar Yadav too couldn’t do much and India had lost 4 wickets for 72 runs.
Pant-Pandya stitch 133-run stand
However, Rishabh Pant then stitched hands with Hardik Pandya, and the duo put on a match-winning partnership of 133 runs before Pandya got out in the 36th over. He played a brilliant knock of 71 runs in 55 balls but it was Rishabh Pant, who stayed till the end and guided the team home in 42.1 overs.
Pant played an unbeaten knock of 125 runs in 113 balls, a knock which was laced with 16 fours and 2 sixes. With that, he also brought up his maiden ton in ODI cricket.
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