On Sunday, India bowled out England for 259 with more than four overs to go in the series-deciding third and final one-day international. Hardik Pandya finished with a career-high 4/24. England’s captain Jos Buttler scored 60 runs off 80 balls in the year of the T20 World Cup, but it was the flamboyant all-rounder from Gujarat who dominated the first half of the match with his excellent bowling, sending a warning shot to the opposition. Ravindra Jadeja took an absolute brilliant catch to dismiss Buttler.
Buttler was in excellent form before being dismissed by Pandya. The dismissal, however, should be credited to one of the best Indian fielders Ravindra Jadeja.
A fine catch from Jadeja removes Buttler.
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In place of the injured Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj gave himself a huge confidence boost with his third delivery of the day, dismissing Jonny Bairstow. As England’s opener prepared to play the ball on the leg-side, the bat turned in his hand, and the leading edge caused the ball to fly to Shreyas Iyer at mid-off.
Moreover, with his tail up, Siraj came into a bowl to the prolific Joe Root. He got the ball to move away, and second slip captain Rohit Sharma snagged the outside edge. Root was actually squared as a result of Siraj’s late maneuver.
Two of England’s top 3 batters were out for ducks, putting the team in peril at 12-2
On the first delivery of the match, Jason Roy (41) hit Mohammed Shami for three boundaries, including a four through mid off.
Rohit’s decision to field first was bold, given that teams batting first had won eight of the previous nine games at Old Trafford.
Buttler was content to bat first, and the absence of Bumrah gave the home team hope. He had no idea, however, that the day’s replacement for the world-class bowler would upset them so early in their innings and on such a batting-friendly pitch.
Ben Stokes demonstrated the batting surface’s quality by hitting a four through the off-side with the face of his bat.
When Roy and Stokes’ counterattacking partnership reached 54 runs, Hardik got hold of Ben Stokes caught, and bowled.
Hardik’s Brilliant Spell
Hardik was in the midst of a brilliant spell when he kept the pressure on the English Test captain from his end and bowled him quickly. After bowling brilliantly, Hardik Pandya took his second wicket without conceding a run, dropping the ball short when he noticed Stokes frustratedly stepping out.
Thanks to India’s tight bowling after Roy’s departure, England could only score 16 runs in seven overs.
Returning to the attack, Siraj hit Buttler twice in the head with three balls. The batter was examined by the physiotherapist on both occasions in accordance with the concussion protocol, but he appeared to be unharmed.
Meanwhile, the English captain smashed Yujvendra Chahal (3/60) for a six-over long-on, Moeen Ali (34) hit a six-off Siraj, and the two followed with sixes.
Moeen was out caught on the leg side by Ravindra Jadeja, who also made a brilliant catch while running a long distance from deep square leg.