Unexpected but brilliant decision to open with Rishabh Pant in 2nd T20I, says Sanjay Manjrekar

Written by Abhishek Patil

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.

He also shared an important 49-run stand for the opening wicket along with skipper Rohit Sharma.

Manjrekar 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.”

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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