UPDATED: March 28, 2021 6:15 PM IST
India versus England ODI series entered the record books for most number of sixes hit in a bilateral tournament of 4 or less matches on Sunday.
By the time this story was published, the players of the two had together hit as many as 63 sixes in the 3-match series. England were yet to bat in the 3rd ODI. Currently, Jonny Bairstow with 14 sixes is leading the chart of players with most number of maximums in the series. He is followed by Rishabh Pant (11), Ben Stokes (10) and Rohit Sharma (8). Pant did not feature in the 1st ODI and hit those 11 sixes in just 2 innings.
Jonny Bairstow had smoked as many as 7 sixes in his 112-ball 124 in the 2nd ODI. In the same encounter, Ben Stokes had sent 10 sixes over the boundary rope en route his 52-ball 99.
Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya had hit 7 and 4 sixes respectively in Friday’s clash which England won by 6 wickets and 39 balls remaining.
In the series opener, Jonny Bairstow was in his element again as he smashed 7 sixes in his 94-run knock off 66 balls.
India were asked to bat first in the 3-match series for the third time in a row as the hosts lost three quick wickets after a solid opening stand between Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan. KL Rahul, who scored a hundred in the previous match, departed for 7, bringing India under further trouble.
However, Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya partnered for quick-fire 99 runs to help India take their total past 300 runs.