All-rounder Hardik Pandya made an immediate return to India’s playing XI, replacing Vijay Shankar in the third One-Day International (ODI)
Hardik Pandya is back into the third one-day international against New Zealand as they eye a series-clinching win. Hardik Pandya made an immediate return to India’s playing XI, replacing Vijay Shankar in the third One-Day International (ODI) of the five-match series against New Zealand at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on Monday.
Meanwhile, an injured MS Dhoni missed out as India made two changes to the side that won the 2nd ODI. Pandya was sent home when from Australia earlier this month following sexist comments made on a popular television chat show. Pandya and KL Rahul were later suspended by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) but he was rushed to New Zealand to rejoin the side after the suspension was lifted last Thursday.
India has proven they will be the team to beat in the 2019 World Cup after a comprehensive demolition of third-ranked New Zealand in the first two matches.
They won the series opener by eight wickets when bowling first, and took game two by 90 runs after electing to bat.
On Monday, India made two changes in their playing XI.
- MS Dhoni, who has a sore hamstring, was replaced by Dinesh Karthik.
- Pandya returned for Vijay Shankar.
“It’s good to have him back,” Captain Virat Kohli said.
“He’s someone who has provided really good balance to the side. He can give you five or six overs and pick up wickets, and then his hitting power everyone knows.”
“The spin throughout the series has been effective and naturally on a used surface you’d like to think they’ll come into play a little bit more,” Williamson said.
In 3rd ODI, in the 17th over of New Zealand’s inning, having opted to bat first by the hosts, Pandya went flying to dismiss Kane Williamson who was desperately looking to up the ante. As Williamson tried to up the scoring rate, from his 28 runs from 47 balls at the time, he came down the track to Yuzvendra Chahal and tried to whip it off his pads.
As he looked to break free, Williamson didn’t get close to the ball and was unable to keep the ball down. As the ball went aerial, Pandya went flying to his left at mid-wicket to take a stunning two-handed catch.
That was a fielder’s wicket, absolutely stunning catch from Hardik Pandya. #NZvInd
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) January 28, 2019
The other reason India wanted Pandya back so quickly. Brilliant in the field.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 28, 2019
Earlier, New Zealand won the toss and opted to bat. Once again, the hosts were kept under check by the Indian seam duo of Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. In the powerplay overs, India conceded just 42 runs while picking up two wickets – for the sixth match in a row.
New Zealand are looking to bridge the gap on India in the 3rd ODI, while trailing the series 0-2, with a win required to keep the five-match series alive.
New Zealand XI:
Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (captain), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Doug Bracewell, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (captain), Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal
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