Underfire all-rounder Hardik Pandya has been included in the Indian squad for the third One Day International (ODI) match against New Zealand after having his suspension lifted by the Supreme Court appointed CoA.
On Monday, Virat Kohli made two changes in the Indian squad. While Pandya replaced Vijay Shanker, Dinesh Karthik has come back in the playing XI in place of injured MS Dhoni. The third ODI of five-match series between India and New Zealand is being played at the Bay Oval.
During the 17th over of New Zealand’s innings, Pandya took a stunner to dismiss Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson – who opted to bat after winning the toss on Monday – off Yuzvendra Chahal’s delivery.
Here is the video of the catch:
— shankar more (@We_Indians_) January 28, 2019
Here is how Twitter reacted:
The other reason India wanted Pandya back so quickly. Brilliant in the field.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 28, 2019
That was a fielder’s wicket, absolutely stunning catch from Hardik Pandya. #NZvInd
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) January 28, 2019
And that is why the suspension had been lifted. Pandya is too central to India’s plans for the #cwc19. Will the the enquiry be timed such that the World Cup is not affected?
— Snehal Pradhan (@SnehalPradhan) January 28, 2019
Hardik pandya come back super catch pic.twitter.com/Bl83rckpO8
— Kanai Kumar (@KanaiKumar9) January 28, 2019
Earlier on Monday mornings, New Zealand won the toss and opted to bat. Indian pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami strike early to dismiss NX opener cheaply. In the first Powerplay, India conceded just 42 runs and picked two wickets.
India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik(w), Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham(w), Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Doug Bracewell, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult