India vs England: Michael Vaughan Can’t Get Enough of ‘Absolutely Fantastic’ Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant made solid impact on his return to ODI cricket as he slammed a 28-ball fifty against England in the second ODI in Pune. Thanks to his 77 off just 40 balls, India managed to score 126 in last ten overs of the match. Pant went onto hit as many as seven sixes. Such was his performance that Michael Vaughan was very impressed.
“If you had to choose one player to leave the bar for right now mine would be Rishabh Pant … he is absolutely fantastic to watch ” Vaughan wrote on Twitter.
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) March 26, 2021
KL Rahul’s perfectly executed hundred coupled with Rishabh Pant’s aggressive 77 off just 40 balls propelled India to an imposing 336/6 in the second ODI against England here on Friday.Rahul, who anchored the innings, hit seven fours and two sixes in his 114-ball knock, while Pant plundered seven sixes and three boundaries, which helped the hosts go well past the 300-run mark.
Skipper Virat Kohli (66 off 79 balls; 3×4; 1×6) and Rahul laid the foundation for the big total with their 121-run third wicket stand after being put into bat at the MCA stadium.Opener Shikhar Dhawan (4) fell cheaply after he nicked a Reece Topley delivery to Ben Stokes in the slips.Kohli joined Rohit Sharma (25; 5×4), who looked in his element, as he hit three boundaries off Topley (2/50).
But in the next over, Curran (1/47) cut-short his stay at the crease. Rohit flicked a full pitched delivery straight to Adil Rashid at short fine leg, as India slipped to 37/2.Kohli and Rahul kept the scoreboard ticking, with the India captain being the bit more aggressive one, while Rahul initially played second fiddle.England did not give an opportunity to Kohli to free his arms even as the duo notched up their 50-run stand in the 20th over.
Kohli, who got a ‘life’ on 35, when Buttler dropped a regulation chance off Adil Rashid, notched up his 62nd fifty, with a single off 62 balls.The duo then completed their 100-run stand off 119 balls, without any fuss. However, Rashid (1/65) removed Kohli, whose thick outside edge was caught by Buttler, with India at 158/3.