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"Breakthrough chahiye tha to pehla bolna tha" - Fans react as Shardul Thakur stars in 3rd ODI vs New Zealand

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Shardul Thakur picked up three wickets.

Shardul Thakur picked up three wickets in a span of 10 deliveries to bring Team India back into the contest in the third ODI against New Zealand at the Holkar Stadium in Kolkata on Tuesday, January 24.

Kiwi batters Devon Conway and Daryl Mitchell were threatening to take the game away from the hosts while chasing 386. Conway, in particular, looked in complete control of the proceedings, finding boundaries at will.

Just when it looked like the Blackcaps would walk away with the game, Shardul provided a much-needed breakthrough. He dismissed Mitchell with a well-timed bouncer before getting the better of New Zealand skipper Tim Latham with a knuckleball off the very next delivery.

In the next over, he dismissed Glenn Phillips to reduce the visitors to 200/5 and put India back in the game.

Fans were ecstatic with Shardul for putting in such incredible performances in clutch situations and bringing his team out of danger. While he has been a tad bit expensive, the Mumbai-born all-rounder's ability to pick up wickets at regular intervals sets him apart from the rest.

Here are some of the reactions:

Lord Thakur it is. as always wicket from him. looking bad the whole evening
Shardul Thakur gets two in two now - what an over by Shardul.
Shardul Thakur strikes and breaks the partnership - New Zealand 3 down now.
Shardul Thakur & the slow dipping yorker, sometimes the Villain, sometimes the Hero.What a story!#INDvNZ
Lord Shardul Thakur Supremacy https://t.co/tbdCyhvT9G
Quintessential Shardul Thakur over, if there was one.
Name- Shardul ThakurRole- Right Arm Partnership Breaker https://t.co/Rln0qi4QiX
Shardul Thakur's Love is Taking 2 Wickets in a Single Over๐Ÿ˜‚๐ŸฅณHave Seen Him Doing This for 25-30 Times ๐Ÿ”ฅ
Want To Break Partnership Call Lord Need Back To Back Wickets Call Lord Thakur ๐Ÿ“ž#INDvNZ #NZvIND #CricketTwitter #ShardulThakur https://t.co/5spXsrbJMc
Three wickets in space of 10 balls for Shardul Thakur. Game changing spell from Lord.#INDvNZ https://t.co/RNzFItKgz9
Lord Shardul Thakur ๐Ÿ˜… #INDvNZ
Lord thakur doing his daily business5 overs-40 runs-3 wickets#shardulthakur#indvsnz
#shardulthakur the golden armLetting india come back in 3rd ODI #INDVSNZODI #IndvsNZ3rdODI #indvsnz2023
Lord Shardul Thakur must have some unseen power
3rd wicket for lord in 9 balls. Shardul thakur might goes for runs but he always has a knack of taking big wickets. Lord Shardul on show. #INDvsNZ
Shardul Thakur is like the opposite of #KLRahul๐“ƒต #INDvNZ #ShubmanGill
I'm still wondering how Shardul Thakur picks up wickets!Goes against every logic applicable.#INDvsNZ #IndvsNZ3rdODI

Incidentally, Shardul picked up the crucial wicket of centurion Michael Bracewell in the final over to take India home in the first ODI in Hyderabad.


Devon Conway departs after a well-made century

Chasing a mammoth target, the Kiwis lost opener Finn Allen in the first over to Hardik Pandya. However, Henry Nicholls and Devon Conway added 106 runs for the second wicket to bail the visiting side out of danger.

Although Kuldeep Yadav got Nicholls out, Conway belted the Indian bowlers to keep the scoreboard ticking. He and Daryl Mitchell slowly and steadily built a partnership but Shardul Thakur turned out to be the hero for India, picking up three wickets in quick succession.

Despite that, Conway went strong from the other end and reached the three-figure mark. But Umran Malik provided India with the much-needed wicket of Conway (138 off 100) as the Kiwis reeled at 230/6.

At the time of writing, the Blackcaps needed 148 runs from 100 deliveries with Mitchell Santner and Michael Bracewell in the middle.


Also Read: [WATCH] Virat Kohli gets out cheaply after getting a start in 3rd ODI vs New Zealand

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Edited by Samya Majumdar
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