Manchester [UK]: A blistering century by Rishabh Pant with Hardik Pandya’s fifty guided team India to a five-wicket victory over England in the third ODI of the three-match series here at Manchester on Sunday.
With this win, India clinched the ODI series 2-1 against England. Pant smashed an unbeaten 125 runs off 113 balls while Pandya scored 71 runs off 55 balls to help the Men in Blue chase down the target of 260 runs in just 42.1 overs. For England Reece Topley bagged three wickets, while Brydon Carse and Craig Overton scalped one wicket each.
Chasing 260, team India started off on a bad start with the opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan being sent back to the pavilion cheaply.
Shikhar Dhawan fell prey to Reece Topley in the 2.1 over of the innings. Topley gave another blow to India as he dismissed captain Rohit who scored 17 runs in 17 deliveries.
At that point, Reece Topley was on fire as he dismissed Virat Kohli on 17 runs, leaving India struggling at the score of 38/3. In the 10 over of the innings, India’s main three batters were in the hut without leaving a significant mark in the chase.
After the 10 overs, England had the full command of the match in their hands as the hosts kept their bowling tight. Suryakumar Yadav and Rishabh Pant tried to anchor the inning and keep the momentum going for the visitors, taking their team’s score beyond the 50-run mark in the 12th over of the innings.
The duo played some aggressive shots but the partnership could not stand longer, Craig Overton gave Men in Blue a big blow as he dismissed Suryakumar who had scored 16 runs in 28 deliveries.
Suryakumar’s wicket brought Hardik Pandya to the crease. After 20 overs the duo of Pandya and Pant took their side’s score beyond the 100-run mark under 21 overs with four wickets down.
The duo shifted their gears and started playing an attacking game. All-rounder Pandya brought up his half-century in 43 balls in the 30th over of the match.
In the next over Pant also smashed a brilliant fifty in the 71 balls. At that point, the duo was hammering the Three Lions all around the ground, playing big shots at regular intervals. The blistering pair brought up their 110 runs partnership stand in 106 balls.
After 34 over chasing equation went down to 77 runs in 96 balls to win. The duo continued their red-hot form and stunning partnership as they smashed Overton for 14 runs.
In the 36 over of the innings, Pandya smashed two back-to-back fours on the delivery of Brydon Carse, before he was dismissed on the third ball of the match.
Pandya’s wicket also broke his 133 runs partnership in 115 balls with Pant. Star all-rounder of the team Ravindra Jadeja then came to bat.
Jadeja formed a great partnership with Pant to ease some pressure from their team. Pant brought up his century in 106 balls.
Pant went above and beyond to hammer David Willey, smashing him for 21 runs in the 42 overs with just 3 runs remaining to win the game in 48 balls.
The red-hot form batter Pant smashed four on the very first delivery of Joe Root’s over to guide his team to a 5 wicket win and ODI series victory against England.
Brief Scores: England: 259 in 45.5 overs (Jos Buttler 60, Jason Roy 41, Hardik Pandya 4/24) vs India 261/5 in 42.1 (Rishabh Pant 125*, Hardik Pandya 71; Reece Topley 3/35).