There was no other example of this after Rishabh Pant and 40-ball 77 in the second ODI against England in Pune on Friday. 23-year-old KL Rahul joined KL Rahul in the middle after the dismissal of India captain Virat Kohli when the hosts were batting at 158/3 and their efforts pushed them to a 336/6 pile in their first innings.
Batting at a strike rate of 192.50, the highest ever by an Indian cricketer in ODIs, Pant hit three fours and seven maximum sixes. His innings completely changed the course of the game as he made just 28 deliveries to reach his half-century and added 27 runs from twelve balls.
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During his innings, the 23-year-old made a crucial partnership of 113 runs from 77 balls for the fourth wicket. After the dismissal of Rahul, who won his fifth ODI at the encounter, Pant continued to score fast and Hardik Pandya caught a similar pace, batting at the other end.
The pair added 37 runs from twelve balls for the fifth wicket, including two one-sixes from the 23-year-old.
Meanwhile, Rahul, who was going through a lean patch in the T20 series, scored his fifth century in the 50-over format. He initially played a perfect second innings for Kohli adding a crucial 121 runs for the third wicket. Rahul was dismissed by Tom Curren for 108 off 114 balls, which included seven fours and two sixes.