Young wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav once again tore through England’s batting lineup, picking up a career-best of six for 25 as India restricted the hosts to a modest 268 in the first ODI.
Virat Kohli’s decision to bowl first after winning the toss seemed to have backfired initially. Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy added 73 runs for the first wicket – to give the hosts a flying start.
However, the game turned on its head when Kuldeep came on to bowl.
With England racing away to 71 for no loss after ten overs, Kohli introduced Kuldeep in the attack and the move paid off.
On the very second ball of his very first over, he sent back Roy to give India the much-needed breakthrough. The opener departed after scoring 38 as his innings including six fours.
In his next over, Kuldeep firmly put India on top by sending back both Bairstow and Joe Root to leave England reeling at 82 for three.
Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes then took the score past the 100-run mark. However, the duo could not bail their team out of trouble as Yuzvendra Chahal dismissed Morgan to reduce England to 105 for four.
Stokes and Jos Buttler then began the rescue work. It looked like they would bail England out of trouble before Kuldeep once again came back to haunt England. He ended the 93-run stand between the duo by dismissing Buttler for 51.
Stokes was the next to fall soon after he completed his fifty off 102 balls. The wicket was Kuldeep’s fifth and the chinaman should thank Siddarth Kaul for helping him to take his maiden five-wicket haul in ODIs. Kaul took an absolute blinder at the point region to send back Stokes.
The English all-rounder had timed his reverse-sweep perfectly. The ball looked primed to cross the boundary ropes. However, it was not Stokes’ day as Siddarth Kaul dived to his right to take a stunning catch.
Here is a clip of that catch:
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