Debutants Script India’s Win Vs England
There is something about the debutants for India in this series against England. After Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav grab the spotlight in the recently concluded Twenty20 series, Krunal Pandya and Prasidh Krishna took the big stage to give India a convincing 66-point victory over world champions England in the first ODI of the three-game series in Pune on Tuesday.
After opening under fire Shikhar dhawaComing with a solid 98, Krunal (58 out of 31) smashed the fastest fifty by a debutant to send India back to 317 for five after England won the draw and decided to play. The visitors rose to a challenge and at 135 to no loss in the 15th over, with Jason Roy (46 of 35) and Jonny Bairstow (94 of 55) in great shape, they seemed to run away with the chase. However, Krishna (4/54) made his first memorable Indian appearance as he and Shardul Thakur (3/37) shared seven wickets between them to script a winning comeback.
25-year-old Krishna’s numbers were the best for an Indian debutant as England’s innings ended at 251 in 42.1 overs. Considering the nature of the surface, this was a laudable effort on the part of the Indian bowlers, who continued from the T20 series to defend achievable targets with remarkable ease.
Krishna got off to a shaky start giving 37 points in his first three overs. But he came back strong and confused the batsmen with his ability to generate an extra rebound. “It didn’t start well, and they were tough on us because we played poorly, but we were confident,” said the Karnataka bowler, who drew praise from skipper Virat Kohli long before he was part of the team. the team.
Thakur once again provided the breakthroughs when the team needed them and pro-Bhuvneshwar Kumar also contributed with a few wickets towards the end.
England had the game up for grabs but were guilty of throwing it away, failing to lean on the springboard of a start given to Bairstow and Roy. Earlier, Dhawan hammered 11 fours and two sixes in his 106-ball stroke while Krunal plundered seven fours and two maximums in his entertaining innings. KL Rahul also got some welcome runs after a lean run in the T20 series. Batted here, Rohit Sharma (28 of 42) and Dhawan shared 64 points for the opening wicket.
Dhawan hammered two successive four fours, a square and a practice, in the seventh above, while Rohit hit two successive limits in the ninth above. Dhawan, who lost his place in the game eleven for the T20s after a miserable formatting, had a “ life ” when he held on to a thin leg to secure his fourth limit. India was placed at 64 without a loss after 15 passes. However, Rohit quickly perished, giving wicket keeper Jos Buttler an outside advantage off Stokes. Skipper Kohli joined Dhawan and the two rallied the heats.
Dhawan raised his 50s with a maximum, a slog-sweep, on 68 balls, in the 24th, then shifted gears. He got another life after Moeen Ali dropped a goalie at Adil Rashid’s deep wicket. Kohli and Dhawan faced Ali and the 29th got 15 points in India. Kohli, who ran in his 61st ODI fifty in 50 balls, was sacked after being caught in deep pace Mark Wood (2/75). India lost their way amid the overs before Krunal and Rahul went on the offensive. Dhawan shot one straight at Eoin Morgan in the middle of the wicket only to miss a hundred.
There have been a lot of injuries on the pitch with Shreyas Iyer, Sam Billings and Eoin Morgan. Billings and Morgan returned to bat, but Shreyas was unable to take the pitch after a left shoulder dislocation, which also puts him in doubt for the Indian Premier League which begins next month.