Incredible all-round performance by Team India helped them clinch first One-day International against England at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham. An incredible Kuldeep Yadav’s six-wicket masterclass has been the cornerstone in India’s clinical win in the United Kingdom (UK).
Having won the toss and opting to bowl first, India could not get any of the wickets inside the power play overs. But star wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav stuck in only his second delivery of the game to dismiss Jason Roy. He got good support from Yuzvendra Chahal from the other end.
The duo kept English batsmen as they continued picking up wickets at regular intervals.
The top order of England were back in the pavilion inside 20 overs. But a cautious Ben Stokes and in-form Jos Buttler managed to score some important runs for the hosts.
Both the players scored the fifties but Stokes looked uneasy in his 50- run knock. He took 103 balls to smash the half-century and Indian bowlers were once again on top in the death overs.
This had ensured that England managed only 268 in 49.5 overs before getting bowled out.
Asked to chase a below par 269, Indian openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma gave the team a perfect start. Dhawan was in charge as he went after English bowlers before being dismissed for 40.
However, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma took calculative risks and got runs at ease.
The duo added an important 167-run stand for the second wicket before Kohli got dismissed for a well made 75. On the other hand, Rohit Sharma made yet another impressive hundred and left the charge from the front in the run chase.
The result meant India clinch an important win going into the three-match ODI series.
Speaking after the game, losing captain Eoin Morgan said: “Certainly not our best day. All credit to India. Kuldeep had a field day. I think both the games there has been more turn than on the grounds that we have played on.”
“I think Lords will be different. We need to improve as a side. The seamers on this wicket come on to the bat nicely. we need to expose our areas of weakness before the WC,” he concluded.