India beat England by 66 runs in the first ODI in Pune on Tuesday. Prasidh Krishna led the charge with the ball as he took four wickets on his debut. Shardul Thakur and Bhuvneshwar Kumar also joined in as a team effort from the Indian bowlers helped them beat England in the opening encounter of the three-match ODI series. More about the 1st ODI report in detail below.
Prasidh Krishna took 4/54 after an expensive opening spell as he was the architect behind India’s 66-run win over England. Shardul Thakur and Bhuvneshwar Kumar played their part in the process as well. While Shardul took three wickets, Bhuvneshwar took two as England lost their last nine wickets for just 116 runs.
Jonny Bairstow (94) and Jason Roy (46) added 135 runs for the first wicket and tormented the Indian bowlers. They were severe in the first powerplay with Bairstow playing with an ultra-aggressive approach. He took a liking to Kuldeep Yadav especially hitting him at will.
England lost their first wicket at 135 as Krishna dismissed Roy. That was the start of England’s batting collapse who then lost wickets at regular intervals. Their middle-order yet again failed to fire despite having enough depth in the batting line-up. Ben Stokes (1), Eoin Morgan (22), Jos Buttler (2) and Sam Billings (18) failed to keep the pressure on the Indian bowlers. Moeen Ali (30) added 41 runs for the sixth wicket before the right-hander ws dismissed. Billings had earlier dislocated his left shoulder trying to save a boundary in the outfield.
Prasidh Krishna Leads India To Compelling Win Over England
Krishna bowled in good length areas and posed the most problems for the England batters. They failed to counter the bounce the debutant generated and perished in the process. The dismissals of Roy and Stokes are examples of the same.
Krunal Pandya after scoring an impressive 58 with the bat took the wicket of Sam Curran to cap off a memorable debut. Only Kuldeep Yadav on his comeback game for India went wicketless. He was the most expensive of the lot as well.
Earlier in the game, Eoin Morgan won the toss and asked India to bat first. Batting first India scored 317/5 on the back of Dhawan’s 98 and Virat Kohli’s 56. A partnership of 112 off 57 balls runs between Krunal Pandya (56) and KL Rahul (63) took India to that score. While Krunal struck the quickest fifty on ODI debut ever, Rahul found some of his lost form. Dhawan for his 98 was awarded the Man of the Match.
Ben Stokes was the pick of the England bowlers picking up three for 38 off his four overs. His wickets included Rohit, Dhawan and Hardik. Mark Wood took 2 for 75 and was the most expensive English bowler.