India are off to a winning start in the three-match ODI series as they beat England in the opener by 66 runs. Shikhar Dhawan was the Man of the Match for his brilliant 98 off 106 deliveries.
India’s batsmen continue to shine
The day started with England winning the toss and choosing to field. Rohit Sharma and Dhawan opened for team India and were off to a rather cautious, steady start.
Sharma fell at the start of the 16th 0ver and Virat Kohli came one down at 64-1. He and Dhawan put up a superb 105-run partnership with Kohli scoring 56 off 60 balls. India were 169-2 when Kohli was caught out in the 33rd over.
Moments later, Shreyas Iyer and Dhawan fell too, with the latter missing out on a century. Hardik Pandya had a 9-ball cameo that resulted in him adding just one run.
At 205-5, Krunal Pandya and KL Rahul together added over 100 runs on the board with each scoring a blitzing half-century. Rahul scored 62 off 43 while Pandya scored 58 off 31.
Ultimately, India ended the innings at 317-5.
England fumble once again
In line with their defeat in the final T20 last week, England once again started their target chase strongly but soon collapsed like a house of cards after losing their opening batsmen.
This time, it was Jason Roy (46 from 35) and Jonny Bairstow (94 from 66) who led way. Roy was the first one to fall and Ben Stokes had a brief appearance before departing quickly.
When Bairstow fell, England were 169-3 at 22.1 overs.
From that point on, it was all but a hard attempt from England’s middle order to lead the fight. In all fairness, the visitors were in a good position but they fell prey to a similar pattern and lost their grip on the game.
Dream debut for Krishna
Prasidh Krishna had a field day in his one-day international debut in Pune. He completed his spell of 8.1 overs with 54-4, including getting the last wicket of Tom Curran in the 43rd over.
Shardul Thakur took three wickets, including the critical ones of Bairstow, Eoin Morgan, and Jos Butler.
Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Krunal Pandya took care of the rest with England bowled all out at 251 in 42.1 overs.
With this, India now lead 1-0 in the series, with the next ODI to be played on Friday, March 26.