Top 7 ODI matches in 2021

Top 7 ODI matches in 2021

Less ODIs were played this year but there were a few thrillers which kept the fans hooked.

Fakhar Zaman
Fakhar Zaman. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Well, there’s no doubt that the year 2021 was largely about playing the shortest and the longest format. Since there were two big ICC events, the top international giants just preferred playing the WTC cycle and the T20Is. In fact, a heavyweight team like India just played about 6 ODIs in the entire calendar year.

However, thanks to the associate nations and the bottom-ranked teams, a total of 70 ODI games have taken shape in 2021. Right from 8th January till 27th November, a total of 20 nations participated and played the 50-over format. Hence with the year now coming to an end, let’s check out the 7 best ODI games of 2021.

Here are best ODIs of 2021:

7. ENG vs IND 3rd ODI, Pune

Rishabh Pant's fifty
Rishabh Pant’s fifty. (Photo by Surjeet Yadav/Getty Images)

Well, when the 50-over World Cup champions decided to challenge team India in Pune, the first two ODIs produced contrasting results. In the first game, India had beaten England by a margin of 66 runs whereas in the second encounter England turned the tides. A convincing 6-wicket in the second ODI definitely also raised the confidence of the visitors to chase any sort of target.

However in the final encounter, again team India had fabricated a 300+ total especially because of Rishabh Pant and his lower middle-order company. Even the bleak form of Hardik Pandya witnessed nourishment with a knock of 64 runs. Nevertheless, in reply England cheaply lost all their white-ball stalwarts for an inferior total of 200-7.

Though Liam Livingstone and Moeen Ali immensely tried to keep the chase in hand, the Indian pacers almost had pocketed the game in their hands. But with Sam Curran often known to surprise Virat Kohli and boys, the southpaw exhibited the best of his batting abilities.

His two game-changing partnerships with Adil Rashid and Mark Wood soared England’s total from 200 for 7 till 317. The all-rounder hit an unbeaten 95 with 9 fours and 3 sixes but sadly lost the game by a margin of 7 runs. Eventually, despite his knock ending in a losing cause, Sam Curran was award the Player of the match.

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