After a blazing start from India in the third ODI at the MCA Stadium in Pune, England hit back with three quick wickets. After Adil Rashid dismissed Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, off-spinner Moeen Ali removed the big fish, Virat Kohli. After two consecutive half-centuries, Indian captain Virat Kohli was left stunned by a turning delivery from Moeen Ali. He walked back for 7 from ten balls.
The dismissal occurred in the 18th over of India’s innings as stand-in captain and keeper-batsman Jos Buttler introduced the spinners in the attack as fast bowlers could not make a breakthrough. Virat Kohli remained active in the crease, milking the ones and twos by sprinting. However, Ali’s off-spin knocked over the right-handed batsman’s leg-stump was it turned outrageously from the off-stump at good length and Virat wanted to play it on the off-side. The 32-year old had predictably been left surprised by the turn Ali got.
After Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan got the men in blue off to a rollicking start with a 103-run stand, it was precisely what England needed. Ahead of England’s tour finale and the series-decider, they went in with one change by swapping Tom Curran for Mark Wood. India also made a change by including left-arm seamer T Natarajan for leg-spinner Kuldeep Yadav.