Rishabh Pant’s magnificent unbeaten maiden hundred and Hardik Pandya’s all round performance helped India beat England by 5 wickets in the third one day international in Manchester on Sunday.
After being asked to bat first by Indian skipper Rohit Sharma, Jason Roy got England off to a impressive start by smashing three fours off Mohammed Shami in the first over.
Mohammed Siraj who replaced the injured Jasprit Bumrah, pegged the hosts back with wickets of Jonny Bairstow and Root for ducks.
The pair of Roy and Ben Stokes featured in a 54 run stand for the third wicket before the former top edged a pull off Hardik to wicket keeper Pant for 41.
Pandya also dismissed Stokes with a well directed short ball and offered a simple catch back to the bowler for 27.
Skipper Jos Buttler who was struck on the helmet twice by Mohammed Siraj, put on 75 valuable runs for the fifth wicket alongside Moeen Ali before the latter (34) was caught down the leg side by Pant off Ravindra Jadeja, while attempting a sweep.
Buttler was involved in yet another crucial 49 run stand for the sixth wicket along with Liam Livingstone before all rounder Hardik struck twice- first by dismissing Livingstone (27) and then Buttler (60) to a brilliant running catch from deep square leg by Ravindra Jadeja, leaving England in huge trouble at 199/7.
However David Willey and Craig Overton frustrated the Indians by adding 48 runs for the eight wicket before the former mistimed a delivery from Yuzvendra Chahal to Suryakumar Yadav at long off for 18.
Overton who was dropped by Siraj at long off, was finally dismissed, caught by Virat Kohli off Chahal.
The leg spinner wrapped up the innings by cleaning up Reece Topley (0) with a googly, as England were bowled out for 259 in 45.5 overs.
Hardik Pandya was he pick of the bowlers for India with figures of 4/24, while Chahal claimed 3 wickets.
Chasing 260, Topley got the hosts off to a dream start by dismissing Shikhar Dhawan (1), Rohit Sharma (17) and Virat Kohli (17) with the score on 38.
Rishabh Pant along with Suryakumar Yadav added 34 runs for the fourth wicket before the latter (16) poked at a back of length delivery from Overton behind the stumps.
Pant was involved in a scintillating fifth-wicket stand of 133 along with Hardik Pandya. The dashing wicket keeper batsman got a reprieve on 18, when Buttler missed a stumping off Moeen Ali.
However Brydon Carse broke the stand by dismissing Pandya to a brilliant diving catch by Stokes at midwicket for a superb 55 ball-71.
Pant brought up his maiden hundred off 106 balls with a pull off Overton to deep square leg for a single. The southpaw clobbered Willey for 21 runs, which included 5 successive fours.
The 24 year old Pant scored the winning runs by reverse sweeping Joe Root for a boundary as India overhauled the target of 260 with 47 balls to spare.
Rishabh Pant was declared the Man of the Match, while Hardik Pandya was adjudged the Player of the Series.