India made a stunning comeback in the first ODI against England and registered an emphatic victory. At one stage it seemed England will cruise to victory but Indian bowlers completely changed the match in the middle overs.
The credit goes to debutant Prasidh Krishan who provided the first two wickets and then Shardul Thakur who again picked 2 wickets in the same over. Once Johnny Bairstow departed on 94 it all went downhill for England as they were bundle out for 251 runs.
India takes a 1-0 lead in the ODI series against England
Earlier in the match half-centuries from Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul and Krunal Pandya took India’s total to 317 runs after 50 overs. In the end, the total proved to be enough for England as they collapsed after a flying start and lost the match by 66 runs.
Meanwhile here’s what the winning captain Virat Kohli and losing captain of England Eoin Morgan said in the post-match presentation.
“This is one of our sweetest wins in the recent past. This one is right up there with any other. Getting nine wickets so quickly is outstanding. To come back into the game the way they did is brilliant. I’m a really, really proud man right now. Team showed great character and intensity. As I mentioned in the past as well, we promote players who have intent. Special mention to Shikhar’s innings as well. KL as well, back among the runs. Want to back the people who we know will go out and do a selfless job. For every spot we have two-three players available. Great signs for Indian cricket. Right now we are on the right path and have a big pool of players to choose from”, said Kohli.
“Did a lot of things right today. Wicket was brilliant as well which made for an entertaining game. There was something for the seamers but if you got in, you could score heavily too. Our bad days with the bat make it look worse than usual. Need to execute better than we did today. When you look at our top seven in particular, we’ve all scored under 60 ball hundreds. That’s the way we want to play. With one eye on the WC, we want to try and push the envelope in that regard. Sometimes it doesn’t work. But for us it’s better to lose like that than losing by 10-20 runs. That’s the way we’ll continue playing. Fitness levels have moved the game forward, bats have moved the game forward. Important for us to dictate the way we play and reinforce the method that’s worked for us”, said Morgan.
Furthermore, the player of the match was Shikhar Dhawan for his brilliant knock of 98 runs. Here’s what he said in the post-match presentation.
“Very happy with my performance – more than that, our team won. Was doing good gym sessions, running sessions and net sessions. All the smart work paid off. We knew ball was swinging and seaming as well, so we knew we had to stay at the wicket and play close to the body. I’m not a person who gets too sad or too happy. Wasn’t in a rush to score hundred. Unfortunately it went to hand, that’s alright. It happens. When I wasn’t playing I was like how I could give to the team. I was being a good 12th man, running around, serving water. In my head it was clear that when I get an opportunity, I will grab it”.