MANCHESTER: The young Rishabh Pant is from Manchester. India defeated England by five wickets in a one-day international on Sunday at Old Trafford, giving the visitors a 2-1 series win over the world champions in 50-over cricket. India finished the game on 261-5 after pursuing a target of 260 with 7.5 overs left thanks to Pant’s unbroken 125. Pant also contributed to his team’s victory with a reverse-swept four off Joe Root.
When Hardik Pandya, a 24-year-old wicketkeeper and all-rounder, put on a 133-run partnership in 19 overs, India was in trouble at 72-4. Hardik Pandya scored 71 runs in England’s 259-run total, which was bolstered by captain Jos Buttler’s 60 on his home ground in Lancashire. Hardik had career-high figures of 4-24.
However, early in their individual innings, both batsmen took advantage of errors made by England. Pant was granted a pardon when wicketkeeper Buttler regularly failed to stump spinner Moeen Ali at 18. Hardik had barely made six runs when he pulled Brydon Carse after the fielder had foolishly moved in from the boundary edge.