Hardik Pandya records maiden five-wicket haul in Test cricket

first_imgHardik Pandya picked up his maiden five-wicket haul as the all-rounder ripped through the England middle-order on second day of the third Test at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Sunday.Pandya became the second fastest Indian to take a five-wicket haul when he took just 29 balls to wreak havoc. Harbhajan Singh is the fastest when he had taken 27 balls against West Indies in Kingston back in 2006.Pandya produced an inspired spell of bowling to record his best figures in Test cricket. Pandya had come under criticism earlier for lack of contributions with the ball and for failing to justify his position in the Test team with the bat.India vs England: Day 2, 3rd Test – Live Updates | Live Score He led the team off the ground after India bowled England for 161 in the first session on the second day of the Test.Pandya also became the joint fourth fastest to have scored a hundred and take a five-wicket haul. Panya, like Salim Durani and none other than Kapil Dev, to take just 10 matches to achieve the feat.Fantastic cricket, both in front and behind the wickets. Congratulations @hardikpandya7 and @RishabPant777 on your respective 5 wicket hauls! Lets nip this in the bud now. #ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/lNDVRbQFPc Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 19, 2018Wonderful effort by India to bowl out England in this extended 2nd session. Brilliant stuff from Pandya and the rest of bowlers for the probing lines and 168 is a very significant lead. Hope the batsman now capitalise and we have the match firmly in our controladvertisement VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) August 19, 2018Before the start of the third Test, Michael Holding had come out and questioned Hardik Pandya’s place in the Indian team. He had said that Pandya is not yet the all-rounder India wants him to be, because he is ineffective as a bowler and also not scoring enough runs with the bat.”The (Indian) attack has not been the right balance. Apparently they are playing Hardik Pandya as an all-rounder to help out with the bowling. When he bowls he isn’t as effective as he should be,” Holding was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.”If he was a good batsman, if he was getting runs – 60s, 70s, not even regular hundreds – at the number at which he bats and then he bowls and gets two or three wickets, happy, hallelujah.”Congratulations to @hardikpandya7 for his maiden Test five-wicket haul! What a spell! #ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/4ZX3PkHno2ICC (@ICC) August 19, 2018Incidentally Pandya was the second highest run-scorer in the Indian side after the first two Test matches of the series – both which India lost.This is how Pandya took the wickets: 32.5 – H. Pandya to S. BroadOUT! That is plumb! Fifer for Hardik Pandya. All the talks about why he is being selected have just been thrown out of the window. He has turned the game around in just 29 balls. Another delivery which is on the fuller side has done the trick for him. It swings back in late from around off, Broad from within his crease tries to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. The players appeal and the umpire raises the finger. Broad asks his partner about the review but Buttler asks him to keep walking. England need another 2 to avoid the follow-on, they have one wicket in hand.32.1 – H. Pandya to A. RashidOUT! Maiden four-fer for Pandya in Tests! He is relishing the conditions out there. Wickets in consecutive balls for him. Lovely stuff again. He has really found his length and line today. He bowls it around off, just behind the fuller length. Once again it swings away. Rashid tries to defend inside the line. The ball kisses the outside edge of the bat and settles into the mitts of Pant who is having a dream debut with the gloves. His fifth catch and the end now is nigh for England. Hat-trick ball coming up.30.6 – H. Pandya to C. WoakesOUT! Snicko shows a spike and Woakes starts walking back. He takes a review along with him and England are now in dire straits. This is excellent from Pandya. He says enough of the full ones and bangs in a short ball. It is a well-directed one. Surprises Chris Woakes as he goes for the pull without keeping his eyes on the ball. It seems to have taken the glove and Rishabh Pant behind takes it one handed. The Indians appeal and the umpire raises his finger. Chris Woakes walks up to his partner and has a chat. He then goes for the review and replays show there is an edge. Pandya now has a three-fer and the centurion of the last game walks back with a single digit score.advertisement30.1 – H. Pandya to J. BairstowOUT! Another one bites the dust! Hardik Pandya is silencing his critics in some style. He gets his second and India are all over England now. This is another top nut. The outswinger on a fuller length around off, Bairstow tries to drive but his feet are rooted to the crease. The ball takes the edge and goes into the hands of Rahul at second slip who takes his third catch of the innings. The Indians are pumped up as they probably have the most destructive batsman in this English line-up. 329 looks farfetched now.24.1 – H. Pandya to Joe RootOUT! This is what the big screen flashes and Root has been given his marching orders. The crowd is not happy and neither is Root as he shakes his head while walking off. The soft signal has surely played a big role in this being given out as it could have gone either way. India though won’t mind as they have the talisman of the English batting line-up and that too cheaply. Hardik Pandya has delivered straightaway. He bowls it on a back of a length around off, it pitches and straightens. Root goes back and tries to push the ball inside the line but it takes the outside edge and goes low towards Rahul at second slip. He seems to have taken it and starts celebrating. Root waits there. The umpires have a chat and then take it upstairs. The soft signal is OUT. Time for the replays and after several looks, it is ruled in favour of the visiting side. Really a 50-50 call as from one angle it looked like the ball had bounced off his fingers while from the other angle, it appeared to have touched the ground first. Anyway, the decision has been made and the Indians are celebrating. They are right on top now as England trail by another 243 runs.last_img

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