Hardik Pandya had an unforgettable moment on the pitch during the third and final ODI against England in Pune on Saturday, when he spilled a sitter, handing Ben Stokes a lucky reprieve. However, the all-rounder breathed a great sigh of relief, as Stokes didn't inflict as much damage on the hosts like the previous encounter and was dismissed by T Natarajan on 35(39).
The incident took place moments after Hardik spilled a sitter off Bhuvneshwar Kumar's bowling, when Stokes was new at the crease. Stokes going after the bowler mistimed his shot as the ball went straight into the hands of Hardik, fielding at mid-off, but the latter failed to hold onto the ball.
The moment left everyone in the Indian dugout as well in the field shell-shocked as bowling coach Bharat Arun, reserves Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj all had their hands on their heads.
Hardik Pandya dropped catch.
Bhuvi reacted normally he is such a gentleman pic.twitter.com/0DYVm6I17N
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However, Stokes stay in the middle was soon cut short by T Natarajan as the star all-rounder smashed the ball straight towards Shikhar Dhawan at deep mid-wicket. As Dhawan rejoiced the moment with his signature celebration style, Hardik had a moment a relief.
TV replays showed Hardik thanking Dhawan by joining his hands in respect and relief. Here is the video of the incident:
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Meanwhile, Dhawan's IPL franchise and previous edition's runners-up Delhi Capitals also was quick to react to the moment between the two. Here is what they have to say:
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In response to India's 329, England got off to a dreadful start losing both the openers early in the innings. Dawid Malan and Moeen Ali are currently present at the crease as the visitors are batting at 164/5 in 25 overs.