IND vs NZ 3rd ODI: Pandya announces his return with a stunning catch and a strange seven-ball over
Hardik Pandya's return to the Indian playing XI has been an eventful one thus far
January 28, 2019 / 10:56 AM IST
New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson won the toss in the third ODI and opted to bat first. As Williamson and Virat Kohli announced their respective teams, the big news was that MS Dhoni was rested owing to a muscle strain and Vijay Shankar was dropped. Dinesh Karthik took the wicketkeeping responsibilities and Hardik Pandya was back in the playing XI replacing Shankar.
India was off to a great start as NZ openers Colin Munro and Martin Guptill were sent back to the hut early by Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar respectively.
Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor were rebuilding the Blackcaps' innings when in the 17th over Williamson walked down the track to work Yuzvendra Chahal to on-side. The ball was in the air for a while and Pandya standing at mid-wicket got airborne and took a stunning catch to send Williamson back.
Such was the catch that it got people tweeting about it.
Pandya then made more news when he bowled a strange seven-ball over. The all-rounder was bowling the 30th over of the NZ innings when he bowled seven balls in the over.
Taylor was on strike for the first ball and he scored no runs off it. Pandya strayed in his line and bowled a wide next up. The second legitimate ball of the over was played by Taylor to backward point again for no run. The batsman defended the third ball. Taylor played the fourth ball to on-side for a single.
Tom Latham was on strike for the fifth ball. The batsman played the fifth delivery to mid-wicket for no run. The sixth and supposedly the last ball of the over was played by Latham to off side for a single. Strangely. Pandya rolled his arm over for one more ball in the over which the batsman knocked to cover.
After early wickets Taylor and Latham constructed a 100-run stand to stead the NZ innings.
Score at the end of 40 overs: NZ 191/5, Taylor: 78*, Santner 0*