England lost the first ODI against India at Trent Bridge by 8 wickets yesterday. The 6-wicket haul of Kuldeep Yadav and cameos of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli cruised the team towards a memorable victory. India can attain the top position in the ICC ODI ratings if they can win the series by dethroning the English.
In the first game, India won the toss and chose to field first. Their decision proved right by the 6-wicket haul of Kuldeep though the English made a decent score of 71/0 by the end of Power Plays. With the entry of the spin twins, the hosts began to lose wickets at regular intervals. The sixth wicket stand of 93-runs between Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler made the English post a fighting total.
Shikhar Dhawan slammed a fiery score of 40 runs and Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli made the journey of the team’s victory easier. Here are some of the crucial points of discussion in the first ODI.
- Kuldeep Yadav’s 6-wicket haul
Kuldeep Yadav stood as the first left-arm spinner to pick 6 wickets in the single ODI by conceding 25 runs from 10 overs. He dismissed crucial players. He picked 3 wickets off 11 deliveries in the first half of his spell. In the last five overs of his spell, he picked three wickets to bowl out the hosts at 268 runs.
- Partnership of Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler
Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler posted a decent stand of 93 runs for the sixth wicket when England lost three wickets earlier after the Powerplay. Buttler slammed 53 runs and Ben Stokes scored 50 runs. Jos Buttler was supported by the slow fifty scored by Ben Stokes, who made a comeback after an injury. Their partnership caused England to post a decent total of 268 runs.
- Joe Root’s poor performance
One of the versatile batsmen from England, Joe Root continued his poor performance as he did in the couple of two T20Is against India. He lost his place in the T20I squad against India for the third T20I but he secured his place in the ODI team. He scored 11 centuries in ODIs but failed to cross single-digit scores in the previous three occasions. He is the test captain for England but his poor performance in the limited overs format is a point of worry for the team.
- Rohit Sharma’s elegant batting
Rohit Sharma slammed an unbeaten hundred to guide India towards the victory for the second time in a week. He slammed an unbeaten hundred to cruise India towards the win in the first ODI. He made a 167 run partnership with Virat Kohli in this game by slamming his 18th ODI century. He scored an unbeaten 137 runs to give India a lead of 1-0 in three ODI series. He smashed 15 fours and 4 sixes to make his cameo.
- Failure of English bowlers
The lack of consistent bowling attack influenced the result of the game to a higher extent. The English bowlers never tried to restrict the opponents till the end of the game. Shikhar Dhawan scored 40 runs and lost his wicket by the end of the Powerplay and Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli added 167 runs to the second wicket partnership. The two wickets were picked by the spinners and pacers seemed impactless. The bowling machine Merlyn which was brought to understand the attack on wrist spinners did not help the English out. Their lack of confidence was reflected in their body language and cost them the game.