India vs England, 1st ODI: Kuldeep’s magic, Rohit’s 137 runs take India to emphatic victory

Riding on a terrific 167-run partnership between opener Rohit Sharma and skipper Virat Kohli, India on Thursday thumped England by 8 wickets in the first one-day international at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. Chasing a target of 269, India chased down the total with 59 balls remaining.

Shikhar Shawan (40 off 27 balls) and Rohit Sharma provided India with a solid start, contributing 59 runs for the first wicket. After Dhawan’s departure, Kohli once again came to bat at number three position ahead of KL Rahul. Both Rohit and Kohli played brilliantly against the England spinners and seamers alike.

Rohit brought his 18th century off 82 balls and went on to remained unbeaten on 137. His innings was laced with 15 boundaries and four sixes. Virat also played a stellar 75-run knock off 82 balls before getting out stumped off Adil Rashid’s delivery. For England, none of the bowlers looked threatening against Rohit and Kohli. Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid took one wicket each.

The match started with both Jason Roy (38) and Jonny Bairstow (38) launching into Yadav and debutant Siddarth Kaul (0/62 in 10 overs) with a flurry of boundaries.

They added 73 for the opening stand before a wrong execution of reverse sweep brought about Roy’s downfall.
Kuldeep was not afraid to flight the ball and dipped viciously having the batsmen in two minds. Some played with the turn and some tried against the turn — both with dismal outcomes.

At the start of the 13th over, Joe Root (3) was completely befuddled by a ripping leg break and was trapped lbw. Four balls later, Bairstow was trapped lbw via DRS, failing to read the googly.

England had collapsed to 82 for 3, losing three wickets for nine runs in the space of 16 balls. Soon, it became 105-4 as Chahal got into the mix of things with Eoin Morgan (19) caught at cover.

This brought Stokes and Buttler together at the crease, and they put on 93 runs for the fifth wicket. Losing too many wickets meant that they had to take time and rebuild the innings, with Stokes in particular scoring at a very low strike-rate.

Buttler though continued his rich vein of form and smacked his 18th ODI half-century off 45 balls. In doing so, he put on 50 off 59 balls with Stokes, yet it was only a part-recovery for England.