And, Rishabh Pant can now afford to smile. What a player this guy is!!! Thanks to him and Hardik Pandya, India have risen from the dead to complete an incredible turnaround at Old Trafford to beat England and win the ODI series 2-1. While the wicketkeeper-batter is likely to earn more applause for finishing the game after scoring his maiden ODI hundred, do not forget the contribution of the all-rounder Hardik Pandya. He had an outstanding game first with the ball followed by runs with the bat.
On Sunday, India and England squared off in the final ODI of the three-match series at Old Trafford. It was the series decider as both teams had won one game each after the first two games. Indian skipper Rohit Sharma decided to bowl first after winning the crucial toss.
Soon, his decision proved to be a fruitful one as the bowlers removed two English batters early in the innings. However, England batters counter-attacked from there and kept playing their shots throughout the innings. Meanwhile, the Indian bowlers kept chipping away the wickets and in the end, they swept the home team away for 259 in 45.5 overs. The all-rounder Hardik Pandya was the star with the ball as he bagged 4 wickets for 24 runs in 7 overs.
Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya win the series for India
Chasing the total, India once were in deep trouble at 38/3 as their top three, including Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, and Virat Kohli departed. Soon, Suryakumar Yadav also followed his seniors into the dressing room. At that time, Hardik Pandya joined Rishabh Pant in the middle.
The duo added 133 runs together for the 5th wicket before Hardik Pandya got out after playing a wonderful knock of 71 runs off 55 deliveries. Once Pandya was gone, Rishabh Pant went berserk on the English bowlers to complete his maiden ODI centuries. He alongside Ravindra Jadeja remained unbeaten to complete a historic five-wicket victory over England.
The fans could not stop themselves from praising Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya as they took Twitter to let their emotions out.
Check out the best reactions here:
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) July 17, 2022
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) July 17, 2022
Sweat less partnership between Rishabh and Hardik 👏 #impressive
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) July 17, 2022
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) July 17, 2022
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) July 17, 2022
Final? #TeamIndia in trouble? Call Rishabh Pant. 🇮🇳💯
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) July 17, 2022
You guys were simply outstanding today @hardikpandya7 @RishabhPant17
Superb temprament showcase
Congratulations @ImRo45 & team#INDvsENG #TeamIndia #IndianCricketTeam #Cricket pic.twitter.com/B6GiPg9ivq
— Munaf Patel (@munafpa99881129) July 17, 2022
History created at Old Trafford as the #MenInBlue secure a remarkable ODI series win against England. 💥
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) July 17, 2022
Great work guys. Well done team india 💪♥️
— DK (@DineshKarthik) July 17, 2022
Rishabh Pant – 125* (113)
Hardik Pandya – 71 (55)
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) July 17, 2022
The 𝐏erfect 𝐏artnership 😉#RP17's scintillating 💯 and Hardik's all-round show sees 🇮🇳 beat England by 5️⃣ wickets!
— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) July 17, 2022