Team India defeated England in the third and final ODI to clinch the series at Old Trafford in Manchester on Sunday.
Chasing 260, the tourists were in a spot of bother, losing four wickets for just 72 in 16.2 overs. Before England could capitalise further, Hardik Pandya and Rishabh Pant took charge to bail India out of trouble.
Pant and Pandya completely took the game away from the hosts, smashing their bowling attack all around the park. The pair went on to form a dominating 133 runs partnership for the fifth wicket to bamboozle the English side. Pandya got out for a well-made 71, but Pant kept hitting the balls to ensure he took India home.
Soon, Pant reached the triple-figure score to record his maiden century in the ODI format. He played an unbeaten knock of 125 off 113 balls as India won the contest by five wickets.
Earlier, Pandya and Yuzvendra Chahal shined with the ball to help India bundle out England for another low score of 259 in 45.5 overs. Pandya picked up a four-wicket haul while conceding only 24 runs in seven overs, including three maidens. Similarly, Yuzvendra bagged three scalps for 60 in 9.5 overs.
For the hosts, captain Jos Buttler was the only batter who stood tall against a quality Indian bowling attack. Buttler smashed 60 from 80 deliveries, including three fours and a couple of maximums. Moeen Ali (34), Craig Overton (32), and Liam Livingstone (27) made some vital contributions down the order to help England cross the 250-run mark.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
A special innings from Pant.
Congratulations to India on winning the series 👏
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) July 17, 2022
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) July 17, 2022
“Jahan matter bade hote hai, wahan Pant khade hote hain.”
— Amit Mishra (@MishiAmit) July 17, 2022
Rishabh Pant 💥🔥🔥🔥
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) July 17, 2022
Men with 50+ score and 4+ wicket haul in a match in Test, ODI and T20I cricket:
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) July 17, 2022
50+ & 4+ wkts in same ODI match for 🇮🇳
K Srikkath 70 & 5/27 in 1988
Sachin Tendulkar 141 & 4/38 in 1998
Sourav Ganguly 130* & 4/21 in 1999
Sourav Ganguly 71* & 5/34 in 2000
Yuvraj Singh 118 & 4/28 in 2008
Yuvraj Singh 50* & 5/31 in 2011
Hardik Pandya 50* & 4/24 today#INDvENG
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) July 17, 2022
Rishabh Pant show, what a player.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) July 17, 2022
Series win. And what a 100. Indian crickets biggest star in the next few years. @RishabhPant17 May I say the @ICC for it spot on using him to promote the T20 World Cup. Not to forget the huge effort from @hardikpandya7 #INDvsEND
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) July 17, 2022
India in England 2021-22
— Cricketopia (@CricketopiaCom) July 17, 2022
Combination of sound defence, sometimes audacious, sometimes normal attacking play controlled by a sharp and calm cricketing mind. Most importantly stays there till the end to win games for India. There is no one like Rishabh Pant!
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) July 17, 2022
A summary of his knock 🔽 pic.twitter.com/8YqskQkWH7
— BCCI (@BCCI) July 17, 2022