After a convincing five-wicket victory in the series finale on Sunday at Old Trafford, India defeated England to win the series 2-1 thanks to Rishabh Pant’s first ODI tonne and Hardik Pandya’s brilliant all-around effort.
India chose to field first, and Pant blasted an incredible 125 not out to help India reach the 260-run goal set by England in the first innings.
After India struggled on 72/4 in the 17th over, Pandya and Pant worked well together for a fifth-wicket stand of 133 runs to rescue their team.
Pandya maintained his accuracy with the bowling and claimed four wickets before slamming a stunning 71 off 55 balls that included eleven boundaries.
Reece Topley, the hero of England’s previous game, kept up his impressive form as he tore through the Indian top order, taking out skipper Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, and Virat Kohli in his first session, dropping India to 38/3 in only nine overs.
Before succumbing to Craig Overton in the 17th over on 16 runs, Suryakumar Yadav lasted another seven overs.
After that, Pandya and Pant teamed up to put the game out of England’s reach and accelerate the scoring before Brydon Carse finally removed Pandya with India comfortably ahead at 205 and needing just 55 runs in 87 balls.
However, Pant maintained control and scored his first ODI century before leading his team to victory with 47 remaining balls.
The Indian pacer Mohammad Siraj dismissed Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root for ducks in the game’s second over, giving England a disastrous start to their innings.
The innings was then stabilised for a while by the opener Jason Roy and the all-rounder Ben Stokes before both fell to Pandya on 41 and 27, respectively.
Before Pandya took two back-to-back wickets in the following over, England had amassed 198 in 36 overs with five wickets remaining and was marching easily towards a massive total.
The all-rounder reduced the visitors to 199/7 by dismissing Liam Livingstone and captain Jos Butler on 27 and 60, respectively. India was able to bowl out England in just 46 overs thanks to the collapse.
In addition to Pandya’s four-wicket haul, Yuzendra Chahal and Siraj both claimed three wickets for India.