Hardik Pandya [64 off 44 balls] continued to deliver the goods in ODI cricket as he came up with yet another brilliant knock during the middle-overs to help India recover from a wobble that has seen them lose four wickets in a jiffy.
Pandya had come to bat following the dismissal of KL Rahul, who chose the worst possible ball to get out as he hit a rank full-toss by Liam Livingstone straight to Moeen Ali at short fine-leg.
Enter Hardik Pandya. Rishabh Pant was going at a full-throttle against Adil Rashid and Hardik Pandya decided to do the same against Moeen Ali as he smoked him for three sixes in an over.
Pandya was absolutely brilliant against both pace and spin as he rocketed his way to his 7th half-century in just 36 deliveries.
Pandya has been in brilliant form with the bat in ODI cricket ever since he made his comeback after his back surgery.
In the six ODIs that he has played this season, Pandya is the highest run-scorer for Team India, having managed 310 runs at an average of 62 and a strike-rate of 123.01 with three fifties.
However, just as it looked that the swashbuckler would finally get his maiden ODI ton, he got dismissed against the run-of-play after he shuffled way too across against Ben Stokes and saw his leg-stump pegged back.
Hardik Pandya’s wicket proved to be a crucial moment in the game as India managed a mere 53 runs for the loss of four wickets to eventually get bowled out for 329 in 48.2 overs.