A spectacular bowling effort followed by a terrific batting display helped India to beat England by massive 66 runs in the first ODI in Pune to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series against England.
Defending a total of 317 on a batting-friendly pitch was not an easy task for the hosts. India bowlers got to a horrible start as England’s openers Jason Roy & Jonny Bairstow smashed them to hit big shots. Hitting shots all around the stadium, England’s openers scored a quick-fire 135 runs in the 15th over before newbie Prasidh Krishna struck & got rid of Jason Roy for 46 runs. Then came Ben Stokes to bowl at No.3 spot but failed miserably to make a difference with the bat as he got out for 1 run.
Eoin Morgan & Jonny Bairstow then tried to stable England’s chase of target by stitching a strong partnership but their efforts couldn’t last long as Shardul Thakur changed the game in India’s favour by scalping three crucial wickets of visitors in just three overs. Shardul Thakur first dismissed Bairstow for 94 runs & then soon got rid of Morgan & Jos Buttler together in the same over to bring India back into the game in a commanding position. From there England’s downfall began as they lost wickets at regular intervals which proved to be a big hurdle in their target chase. As a result, England’s chase ended right in the 43rd over on 251 runs. India defeated England by massive 66 runs.
For India, Prasidh Krishna was the pick of bowlers who scalped 4 wickets for 54 runs the best figures ever achieved by an Indian player on his debut match. However, Shardul Thakur again shines with the ball as he picked up three crucial wickets to change the momentum of the game. Bhuvneshwar Kumar also scalped a couple of wickets to contribute to India’s triumph against England.
India starred with the bat also as Opener Shikhar Dhawan scored a solid 98 runs to guide India towards a winning total. Debutant Krunal Pandya hit the fastest half-century by scoring 58 runs off 31 balls. Earlier Virat Kohli scored 56 runs off 60 balls to add more runs to India’s scoreboard. Krunal Pandya’s unbeaten 58 & KL Rahul’s unbeaten 62 has helped team India to past 300 runs mark & put on a decent total of 317 runs for 5 wickets down.