India achieved an outright win over England by beating the hosts by 8 wickets with almost 10 overs to spare in the first one day international (ODI) played between the two sides at Nottingham on Thursday. The credit for this convincing victory of team India goes to an amazing bowling spell by Kuldeep Yadav followed by a match winning ton by Rohit Sharma.
Earlier, Indian captain Virat Kohli won the toss and invited hosts England to bat. The English team almost repeated the T20I story in its batting display with openers playing their part to put a solid base for the team but the middle order failing to match up with the task and the team ending up with a less than par score on a high-scoring wicket. Openers Jason Roy (38) and Jonny Bairstow (38) put on a well made 73 runs for the first wicket partnership which was broken by Kuldeep Yadav in the 11th over. Thereafter, four more wickets tumbled quickly making England’s score reach 105/4 as the Chinaman bowler struck twice more. This made Ben Stokes (50) and Jos Buttler (53) build a slow partnership of 93 runs to restrict England downfall. Thereafter, although tail-enders made small contributions, wickets tumbled at regular intervals as England collapsed for 268 with one ball remaining.
From the Indian point of view, Kuldeep Yadav, the Chinaman bowler was by far the hero of the first half as he ended up with a six wicket haul and no boundaries being hit in his bowling which resulted in magical bowling figures of 6 wickets for 25 runs in his 10 overs – this being the best bowling performance by any Chinaman bowler in the history of ODIs. The second half of the match was dominated by a powerful batting display by India’s top order batsmen. Openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma gave India a good start by putting 59 runs on the board until Dhawan (40) was out in the eight over. Thereafter, Rohit Sharma (137 not out) and Virat Kohli (75) displayed a strong as well as sensible batting display putting on a 167 run partnership to ensure India’s emphatic win over England.
Rohit Sharma proved his class once again with a valuable ton and the 18th one of his ODI career where as skipper Kohli ably supported him by making his first fifty of the tour. Despite an unbeaten century by Rohit Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav was named as the player of the match due to his exceptional bowling performance which restricted the hosts to a below par total. After this victory, now India would definitely be looking forward to a series win by clinching one more win in the three ODI series.