The first India-England ODI in Pune which is currently underway in Pune saw a bizarre incident earlier in the Indian innings. Virat Kohli yet again lost the toss England skipper Eoin Morgan won the toss and opted to bat first. India gave debut caps to Krunal Pandya and Prasidh Krishna. Meanwhile, one of the two new deliveries turned out to a damaged ball after just 16 deliveries.
In a bizarre incident during the ongoing first ODI between India and England at the Maharastra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium in Pune on Tuesday, the umpires had to replace the ball being used in the first innings after just 16 deliveries were bowled. The ball was damaged severely and it turned out there was a hole in it after a shot from Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan.
Umpires Dismiss Damaged Ball After Just 16 Deliveries
The damaged-ball was hit for a boundary on the third delivery of the fourth over. Dhawan and Rohit went onto add 64 for the first wicket before Ben Stokes got rid of Rohit Sharma. Dhawan went onto sore 98 before he too fell pulling off the front foot. As the ball was thrown back towards the wicket-keeper, umpires were called for an inspection. The ball had a big hole in it and had to be replaced with a new one as it was damaged bizarrely despite the batsmen not hitting the ball too hard.
Meanwhile, 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.
In between India lost the wickets of Dhawan and Hardik Pandya in quick succession in a space of eight runs. 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. England needs 318 runs to win the first match with a few injury concerns which happened during the course of the game.