England all-rounder Ben Stokes once again manufactured a wicket out of nowhere to bring back his team into the third and final ODI, which was slipping away from them on Sunday.
After reducing India to 72/4 with the help of Reece Topley’s 3-wicket burst at the top, Hardik Pandya and Rishabh Pant joined hands to take the innings forward.
They couldn’t afford to lose another wicket as the lower middle-order would be exposed far too early. The duo took their time before finding their feet, eventually scoring boundaries at will.
Both reached their fifty in the space of a couple of overs. Hardik continued striking at well over run-a-ball, nailing pull shots and drives. Unfortunately, he was done in by the bouncer soon after, courtesy of Brydon Carse.
A fast bumper got stuck in the pitch and Hardik was into his shot too early. He got it off the toe-edge and the ball was gobbled up by Stokes, who dived forward and held on to a great catch.
Watch Ben Stokes’ catch here:
A wonderful catch! 🤲
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England playing XI: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (c & wk), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Craig Overton, David Willey, Brydon Carse, Reece Topley
India playing XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal, Prasidh Krishna