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RISHABH PANT

Rishabh Pant is the first Asian wicketkeeper to achieve batting feat.

Rishabh Pant is the first Asian wicketkeeper to achieve this batting feat in England against India.

India defeated England by 5 wickets at Old Trafford as Rishabh Pant reached his first ODI century.

India’s Rishabh Pant has become the first Asian wicketkeeper-batter to score a century in both Tests and ODI on English soil thanks to his game-winning innings against England in the last ODI. In the last ODI of the three-match series at Manchester, Rishabh Pant’s unbeaten 125* and his 133-run stand with Hardik Pandya enabled India chase down 260 and win the series 2-1. Thanks to outstanding spells from Hardik Pandya (4/24) and Yuzvendra Chahal (3/60), England was bowled out for 259. For the hosts, Jos Buttler (60), Jason Roy (41) and Moeen Ali (34) made some significant contributions.

Reece Topley decimated India’s top order as they chased 260 and had them at 72/4, but Pandya and Pant put together a match-winning stand of 133 runs to win it.

So with this, Pant has joined the group of wicketkeeper-batters who have achieved a century in an ODI outside of Asia, including Rahul Dravid and KL Rahul.

Team India’s attempt to chase down 260 was off to a poor start when the opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan were cheaply sent back to the pavilion.

Reece Topley defeated Shikhar Dhawan in the third over of the innings. India suffered yet another setback when Topley removed captain Rohit, who had made 17 runs in just 17 deliveries.

Reece Topley, who was currently on fire, then dismissed Virat Kohli after scoring 17 runs, leaving India in trouble at 38/3. India’s top three batters were in the hut in the tenth over of the innings.

England held total control of the match after 10 overs. By pushing their team’s total above the 50-run threshold in the 12th over of the innings, Suryakumar Yadav and Rishabh Pant attempted to keep the visitors’ momentum continuing and anchor the inning.

Craig Overton dealt Men in Blue a significant blow by dismissing Suryakumar, who had scored 16 runs in 28 deliveries, despite the duo’s aggressive performance.

Hardik Pandya was summoned to the crease by Suryakumar’s dismissal. With four wickets in hand after 20 overs, Pandya and Pant helped their team surpass the 100-run barrier.

The pair changed their strategy and began to play an offensive game. In the match’s 30th over, all-rounder Pandya reached his half-century in 43 balls.

So In 71 balls, Pant too scored a fantastic fifty. In 106 balls, the two cut their 110-run partnership stand.

The equation changed after 34 overs to India needing 77 runs off 96 balls to win. As they destroyed Overton for 14 runs, the pair maintained their incredible form and relationship.

Pandya hit two consecutive fours against Brydon Carse in the 36th over of the innings before being removed.

The team’s star all-arounder Ravindra Jadeja then entered the batting order after Pandya’s dismissal, ending their 133-run partnership in 115 balls.

Jadeja and Pant worked well together to take some of the team’s load off. In 106 balls, Pant reached his century total.

With only 3 runs needed to win the game with 47 balls remaining, Pant crushed David Willey for 21 runs in the 42nd over.

Joe Root’s first delivery was blasted for four runs by Pant, giving his team a five-wicket victory and a 2-1 ODI series triumph over England.

Earlier, India chose to bat first, and England got off to a terrible start. Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow were both sent back to the pavilion in the second over, inside the space of four balls, by the pacer Mohammed Siraj. At 12 runs, England was two runs behind. While Rohit Sharma, the captain, caught Root in the slips, Shreyas Iyer caught Bairstow at mid-off.

Ben Stokes was now at the crease as a result. English runs began to be scored by Roy and Stokes thanks to some lovely boundaries. In the ninth over of the game, the partnership reached 50 runs.

Immediately after the ball struck Roy’s bat’s top edge and fell into the hands of the wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant, Roy was bowled by Hardik Pandya for 41 off 31 balls. England’s score at this point was 66/3. With Jos Buttler (0*) and Ben Stokes (24*) at the bat, England had scored 66/3 at the end of the first powerplay in ten overs.

For the following few overs, India bowled tightly, putting pressure on England without giving up many runs. In the 14th over, Ben Stokes was the next victim, caught and bowled by Pandya for 27 off 29 deliveries.

Next up was all-arounder Moeen Ali. England needed a partnership as they were 74/4. That is exactly what Buttler and Ali accomplished. With Buttler (14*) and Moeen Ali (5*), England had 91/4 at the end of 20 overs.

So after reaching 20 overs, the pair began to make some significant shots, with Moeen Ali being the more aggressive of the two. In the 23rd over, Buttler and Ali increased their 50-run partnership. After the additional bounce climbed off Ali’s bat face and went directly into Pant’s gloves, Ravindra Jadeja caught Ali for 34 from 44 balls in the 28th over. The pair had successfully completed their 75-run stand.

The next person to enter was Liam Livingstone. After Ali left the game, Buttler and Livingstone continued the great collaboration. Buttler scored his 21st ODI half-century. Additionally, Livingstone broke four boundaries.

Livingstone was caught by Jadeja at deep backward square leg, and Pandya removed him for 27 off 29. Only three balls later, Buttler was out, having been despatched for 60 runs off of 80 balls. At 199, England was seven behind.

The next team for England was David Willey and Craig Overton, who kept the scoreboard updated. Before falling to Chahal for 18 off 15 after being caught at long-off by Suryakumar Yadav, Willey-Overton had amassed 48 runs.

Chahal got two more wickets in the game, knocking Reece Topley for a duck and Overton for 32. For 259, England was bundled out.

With a final score of 4/24, Pandya was India’s top bowler. Chahal took 3/60 as well. Siraj took two wickets, compared to Jadeja’s one.

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