ENG vs IND, 2nd T20I: Rishabh Pant opened the batting for the Indian team along with Rohit Sharma and scored 25 runs before getting out to Richard Gleeson.
Rishabh Pant of India. Courtesy: AP
- Pant scored a 15-ball 26 in the 2nd T20I
- India won the match by 49 runs against England
- The third T20I will take place in Trent Bridge
Former batter Sanjay Manjrekar lauded Team India for sending Rishabh Pant to open the batting in the second T20I on Saturday, July 9 at Edgbaston in Birmingham. On Saturday, July 9, Pant came to bat as an opener and scored a quick-fire 15-ball 26 with the help of four fours and one six.
The southpaw also shared an important 49-run stand for the opening wicket along with skipper Rohit Sharma. It was fast bowler Richard Gleeson, who got rid of the batter in the seventh over of the Indian innings.
Manjrekar reckoned that if the left-hander Pant goes up to open the batting on a regular basis, it will give the middle-order batters some sort of a breather.
He took to Twitter and wrote, “Unexpected but brilliant decision to open with Pant! Throws up exciting possibilities. Also more breathing space for batters fighting for middle-order spots.”
Unexpected but brilliant decision to open with Pant!
Throws up exciting possibilities. Also more breathing space for batters fighting for middle order spots.
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) July 9, 2022
Back in the T20I series against South Africa where he was the skipper, Pant failed to get going in the middle-order and faced criticism for the same.
However, the 89-ball century that he got in the rescheduled fifth Test in Birmingham would have given him a lot of confidence, although India ended up losing the match.
India, in the meantime, defeated England by 49 runs in the second T20I to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match ODI series.
The third and final game of the series is scheduled to take place on Sunday, July 10 at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham.
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