Till India’s innings in the third ODI on Sunday, there have been 63 sixes hit in the series – which is a new record now for a 3-match bilateral series.
The previous record was held by New Zealand and Sri Lanka when both the teams smashed 57 sixes during a three-match ODI series in 2019. Notably, India and England are at the third spot with 56 maximums in the 2017 series.
This has been a high-scoring series with totals of 317,251, 336, 337, and 329 with England’s innings to begin at the time of writing. Opener Jonny Bairstow has hit 14 – 7 each in the first two ODIs – followed by Rishabh Pant, who has harrumphed 11 half-a-dozens. Ben Stokes in his surreal knock of 99 off 52 balls muscled 10 maximums.
India put 329 in the third ODI
Speaking of the third and the series-deciding game in Pune, India who would have aimed for a bigger total than that in the second ODI – which England gunned down comfortably – fell short of it.
Despite a century opening stand between Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, and a 99-run partnership between Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya, the hosts failed to put a total they would have hoped for as wickets England controlled the death overs, unlike the previous two ODIs.
Fifties from Dhawan (67 off 56), Pant (78 off 62), and Hardik (64 off 44) and cameos from Shardul Thakur and Krunal Pandya dragged India to 329. Each of the visiting bowlers picked at least a solitary wicket. Mark Wood, who missed the 2nd ODI, was the pick of the bowlers with 3 scalps while two for Adil Rashid, and 1 each for Sam Curran, Reece Topley, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, and Liam Livingstone.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar has dismissed England’s both openers – he castled Jason Roy on the last ball of the first over after conceding 14 in the first 5; then he got rid of the dangerous Bairstow via lbw. Stokes is tasked to take England home alongside the Dawid Malan with Jos Buttler, Liam Livingstone, and Moeen Ali to follow.