Brilliant comeback by Indian fast bowlers in the 2nd half of England’s chase after being subject to some sensational hitting by Johny Bairstow won India their 1st ODI vs World champions, England at Pune by a surprisingly big margin of 66 runs .
England succumbed to 251 allout after a breathtaking start to their innings by openers Jason Roy and Johny Bairstow putting up 135 for 1st wicket in just 14 overs during which they bludgeoned the Indian bowlers with brutal strokeplay . Bairstow in particular looked in menacing form and he simply blew away the Indian attack hitting 94 off 66 balls which included 4 mighty sixes and hard hitting fours . Jason Roy supported him superbly with his brand of aggressive batting with 46 off 35 balls scoring his share of sizzling boundaries but today he was overshadowed by Bairstow’s brilliance, who looked poised to singlehandedly winning the game for England.
Somehow the pitch livened up under lights and the fast bowlers were able to extract enough pace and bounce off the pitch which helped India to make sharp inroads once the 1st wicket went . Debutant Prasidh Krishna started the rot with wickets of Roy (46) and Stokes (1) . With the pitch livening up Thakur got the wickets of Morgan (22) caught behind of an attempted pull and Buttler lbw off an inswinger while Bairstow was caught at deep mid wicket missing his 100 by 6 runs . From there , the innings went downhill with Billings (18) caught by Kohli at covers off Prasidh and Moeen (30) caught behind of a leg cutter from Bhuvneshwar as the ball was moving around . Finally England folded up for 251 to go down unexpectedly by 66 runs after a great opening stand. From 135/0 , World Champions collapsed to 10/116 courtesy the Indian pace attack of Bhuvi (2/30) , Shardul (3/37) and debutant Prasidh (4/ 54) . The spinners were expensive but were bailed out by the fast bowlers today . Krunal Pandya chipped in with his 1st ODI wicket of Sam Curran to go with his 58 notout.
Earlier glorious batting by Shikhar Dhawan and debutant Krunal Pandya and KL Rahul at the end helped India to set up a target of 318 for England .
Dhawan , presently struggling to find a spot in T20l set up , showed his class again in 50 overs format with another fluent inninngs filled with dazzling shots . His known strength on the off side was visible again as cuts , cover drives & off drives flowed from his bat. Was superb on the pull shots too and tonked the spinners for 2 sixes , one to deep mid wicket and other over cover , till at 98 he was caught off a mistimed pull in midwicket off Stokes to end a fabulous knock .
Shikhar and Kohli had a great partnership after Rohit (28) had a painful stay at the wicket as he was hit on his elbow by a rapid Mark Wood . The skipper played a crisp knock of 56 off 60 balls with sizzling strokeplay but once again fell short of a 100. Shreyas (9) and Hardik (1) went cheaply.
KL Rahul (62notout off 43 balls) after a slow start got back into his stroke playing form with some magnificent hits and Krunal Pandya never gave an impression that this was his ODI debut and played a special innings full of dazzling boundaries and four sixes . Krunal (58 notout off 31 balls) scored the fastest fifty for a debutant in ODI cricket off 26 balls . It was an immensely emotional moment for him as his dad , the senior Pandya passed away few months back .
For England Mark Wood (2/75) and Ben Stokes (3/34) got the most wickets and bowled well in first half of the innings.
Shikhar Dhawan was awarded the man of the match while Shreyas Iyer has injured his shoulder while fielding and the extent of his injury is being assessed .
Ind vs Eng, Pune
India won by 66 runs
IND 317/5 (50 Ovs)
Mark Wood 2/75
ENG 251/10 (42.1 Ovs)