Indian pacer Mohammed Siraj has made a sparkling comeback to the Indian ODI team after a gap of five months. He bowled a double-wicket maiden over during the third and final ODI match against England on Sunday, July 17 at the Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester. The pacer pushed England on the back-foot with his double strike early in the innings.
Indian skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and opted to bowl first. Mohammed Siraj replaced Jasprit Bumrah who has a niggle and is rested as a precautionary measure. The hosts got off to a good start, as Jason Roy slammed Mohammed Shami for three fours in the first over. However, in the next over Siraj made early in-roads in the England batting attack.
Mohammed Siraj bowled a good length angling in delivery to in-form Jonny Bairstow, who tried to work it onto the leg-side. However, the England opener closed the face of his bat early. The ball took the leading edge and flew towards Shreyas Iyer at the mid-off. Bairstow had to walk back to the pavilion for a three-ball duck.
In the same over, Mohammed Siraj also dismissed Joe Root for a duck. He bowled an angled in delivery around off-stump, which swung away late. Root edged the ball to Rohit Sharma at the second slip. Siraj finished the over, without conceding a single run. England was reduced to twelve runs for two wickets at the end of the second over.
Watch the dismissals here:
England bowled out for 259 runs in the third ODI against India
After Mohammed Siraj’s early wrath, the England team struggled to put together a big partnership. India kept on taking wickets at regular intervals in the innings. Hardik Pandya finished the innings with 4/24 in seven overs. Meanwhile, Yuzvendra Chahal also picked three wickets in the match. England skipper Jos Buttler was the leading run-scorer with 60 runs in the innings. Their lower-middle order also contributed some valuable runs, which helped them to put on 259 runs on the board.
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