Star Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya broke into tears on Tuesday as India took on England in the first ODI of the three-match series after Krunal Pandya completed his half-century. Krunal Pandya made his ODI debut for team India on Tuesday against England as he was handed his maiden ODI cap by his brother Hardik Pandya.
Krunal made full use of the opportunity provided to him as he smashed a scintillating half-century and scored 58 runs off just 31 balls and stitched a century stand with KL Rahul to help India post 317 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in their 50 overs. KL Rahul also came up with a half-century and was back in form after a poor T20I series against the Englishmen.
Watch: Hardik Pandya Cries As Krunal Pandya Completes His Half-Century
As Krunal Pandya received his maiden ODI cap, he was seen emotional as he pointed towards the sky and dedicated his cap to their late father, Himanshu Pandya, who passed away earlier this year. Hardik did not do much with the bat as he could manage only 1 run in the 9 balls he faced and was caught by Jonny Bairstow off Ben Stokes.
However, Krunal Pandya played a magnificent knock of 58 runs and evacuated team India from a very troublesome situation as other Indian batsmen did not rise to the occasion. Shikhar Dhawan was the best batsman for team India as he scored 98 runs and missed his century by just a couple of runs.
An emotional moment surfaced when Krunal Pandya completed his half-century and once again pointed the bat towards the sky as a mark of respect for their late father. After the incident, Hardik Pandya got emotional and couldn’t control his emotions as he was seen crying after the incident.
Watch the video of the incident here:
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Team India Post A Fighting Total On The Board
The Men in Blue got off to a slow start as Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan found it difficult to face the pace and bounce by Mark Wood. Rohit Sharma was dismissed by Ben Stokes. Skipper Virat Kohli once again failed to score a century as he departed for 56 runs off 60 balls. Shikhar Dhawan, however, kept ticking the scoreboard but unfortunately, he was dismissed just two runs short of his century.
Team India have gone on to score 317 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in their 50 overs. Moeen Ali was the poorest bowler from England as he went for 28 runs in 3 overs.