Indian cricket team is facing England in the decider ODI match at Manchester. Indian captain Rohit Sharma won the toss and elected to bowl first. Jasprit Bumrah was ruled out of the 3rd ODI of the series due to a back spasm. It was a big setback for the Indian team. Mohammed Siraj replaced Jasprit Bumrah in the playing XI for the final ODI.
Siraj was given the responsibility of bowling with the new ball for the Indian team at Manchester. Siraj didn’t disappoint anybody. He provided two crucial wickets of Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root in the first over he bowled. Siraj looked happy after picking the wicket in his first over.
He pointed his fingers towards Virat Kohli after picking the wicket of Bairstow. After a few overs , broadcasters showed that Kohli gave his valuable tips to Siraj before he came to bowl his first over. Virat was also seen telling Siraj which line length to bowl to Joe Root. Eventually Siraj ended up picking the wicket of Root too.
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“I had to bend my back a bit”- Hardik Pandya on his plan of bowling short balls
After being invited to bat first, England didn’t get a good start. They lost the early wickets of Bairstow and Root. Roy and Stokes also couldn’t score big. England captain Buttler played a good knock of 60 runs to take England to a total of 260 runs. Hardik Pandya was the best bowler from the Indian team. He picked up 4 crucial wickets of England batsman.
Hardik Pandya was delighted with his performance. In the mid match interview, Hardik said: “I had to bend my back a bit. I had to change my plans – realised that this was not the wicket to go full – and go for the short-ball, use it as a wicket-taking delivery. I fancy my short ball. Livingstone likes to take on the short ball and that gives me goosebumps, he hit me for two sixes but I told my captain I would take my chance.”