Ravi Shastri, Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya. (Photo by Marty MELVILLE / AFP)

New Zealand’s premier fast bowler Trent Boult took a sharp catch while running back to dismiss Hardik Pandya. James Neesham bowled a high full toss which India’s all-rounder could not get away. Pandya got a top edge which ballooned to square leg region. However, Hardik Pandya who got a chance to bat after a long time added the finishing touches to the Indian innings.

Pandya was able to strike the ball cleanly and found the middle of the bat. The right-hander continued his love affair of smashing the leg-spinners as he scored three consecutive sixes against Todd Astle. This is the fourth time when Pandya has hit a hat-trick of sixes. In fact, the Baroda all-rounder scored five sixes and two fours.

Hardik Pandya, India vs New Zealand 2019
Hardik Pandya (Credits – Getty)

Thus, Pandya was able to end the Indian innings on a high as he scored his runs in a jiffy. This quickfire knock of 45 runs must have added a shot in the arm to Pandya. India has posted a competitive score of 252 runs after Rohit Sharma won the toss and decided to bat first in the final ODI.

Meanwhile, Ambati Rayudu and Vijay Shankar added an imperative partnership of 98 runs for the fifth wicket. Vijay Shankar was the aggressor in the initial stages after India lost four quick wickets whereas Ambati Rayudu took a backseat.

Hardik Pandya, Trent Boult, India vs New Zealand 2019
Hardik Pandya. (Photo by Marty MELVILLE / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARTY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images)

However, Shankar was unfortunate to get run out after scoring a vital knock of 45 runs. Meanwhile, Ambati Rayudu completed his 10th ODI fifty but missed his hundred by 10 runs in an attempt to put his foot to the accelerator.

Kedar Jadhav scored a crucial inning of 34 runs. Meanwhile, Matt Henry scalped four wickets whereas Trent Boult took three wickets and James Neesham bagged one wicket.

Here is the wicket of Hardik Pandya:


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