Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya shared a burst of hilarious laughter as he saw Shikhar Dhawan catching Ben Stokes after dropping Stokes previously in the game. Team India and England locked horns in the final game of the ODI series on Sunday as the hosts once again lost the toss and were invited to bat first.
The hosts started on a positive note and went wicketless in the first powerplay. Shikhar Dhawan scored yet another scintillating half-century as he scored 67 runs. However, the visitors bounced back during the middle-overs as they picked Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul in quick succession. Hardik Pandya and Rishabh Pant played fine knocks as team India reached a total of 330 runs.
Watch: Hardik Pandya Reacts Hilariously After Shikhar Dhawan Catches Ben Stokes
The English innings didn’t begin on a high note as they lost a couple of wickets early in the second innings. Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked the first two wickets as he dismissed Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy early in the second innings. There came an instance when Bhuvneshwar Kumar could have dismissed Ben Stokes in the 6th over of the game but Hardik Pandya dropped his catch.
However, T Natarajan, who was added to the playing XI for the first time in this ODI series, made sure that Stokes didn’t reach a giant total and dismissed him later on with an individual score of 35 runs. Stokes was caught by Shikhar Dhawan at the deep mid-wicket boundary off T Natarajan on a full toss. After Dhawan caught Stokes, Hardik Pandya came up with a hilarious reaction.
Watch the video of the incident here:
Team India Strike Early Blows
The Indian Cricket Team were invited to bat first and they were eventually dismissed on 329 runs in 48.2 overs. Shikhar Dhawan, Hardik Pandya, and Rishabh Pant scored half-centuries to help India reach a challenging total. When they came out to bowl, Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow were dismissed quite early.
Ben Stokes was then dismissed by T Natarajan and then Shardul Thakur caught Jos Buttler plumb in front of the wickets. Until this report was written, England had scored 116 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in 18.2 overs. The final game will prove to be the series decider and whichever team wins it, will eventually win the series.