Nottingham: A century by ‘Hitman’ Rohit Sharma (137 runs) powered India to an eight-wicket win over England in the first ODI at Trent Bridge here on Thursday.
India take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
With Kuldeep Yadav(6-25) doing a good job to restrict England to 268 earlier, the Men in Blue got off to a flying start with Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan putting up a 59-run stand before the latter got out for 40.
However, in came captain Kohli (75 runs), who would go onto put a 167-run partnership with Rohit, who got to his 18th ODI ton, his second consecutive in any format.
In the 33rd over, the hosts got some consolation as Kohli was stumped by Jos Buttler courtesy an Adil Rashid wicket.
However, Rohit and KL Rahul (9 runs) took the Men in Blue to a comfortable victory with 59 balls to spare.
India 226-2 after 33 overs
WICKET! Virat Kohli is stumped by Jos Buttler as Adil Rashid dismisses him for 75. A wicket too late for England?
India 215-1 after 30.4 overs
HUNDRED! This is top class from Rohit Sharma, who gets to his 18th ODI ton with a six!.
India 158-1 after 24.1 overs
FIFTY! Virat Kohli gets to his 47th ODI fifty as India cruise towards victory.
India 138-1 after 22.4 overs
FIFTY! Rohit Sharma gets to his fifty as India dominate. Ever since Dhawan's dismissal, Rohit and Kohli have been smashing runs all around the park.
India 59-1 after 7.5 overs
WICKET! Moeen Ali strikes as he removes Shikhar Dhawan for 40 as Adil Rashid takes an easy catch at backward point.
India 53-0 after 7 overs
FIFTY UP! Shikhar Dhawan (35 runs) and Rohit Sharma (17 runs) bring up Team India's 50. a strong start by the Men in Blue. Will they go all the way to victory?
India 16-0 after 2 overs:
OFF THE MARK! Dhawan hits Willey for three boundaries his opening over that yields 13 runs.
A fabulous spin-bowling display from Kuldeep Yadav helped Team India restricted England to 268-10 in the first ODI of the three-match series at Trent Bridge at Nottingham on Thursday.
After winning the toss and opting to bowl, the Indian pacers found no solution to stop openers Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow who made use of the short boundaries.
But after a steady start it was Kuldeep who took the steam off England’s engine. The chinaman tore apart the English top order with wickets of Jason Roy, Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow in quick succession. Yuzvendra Chahal joined the party with the wicket of Eoin Morgan to put the hosts in a pickle.
Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler then soaked the pressure with a gritty 93-run partnership but it wasn’t meant to last long. Kuldeep Yadav continued to spin a web around the opposition to dismiss the settled duo.
David Willey was his last victim as the Uttar Pradesh spinner became the first wrist spinner to take 6 wickets in ODI cricket.
Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid came up with decent cameos in the death overs to help the hosts cross the 250-mark.
England 268-10 after 50 overs:
RUN OUT! A flat throw from Raina in the deep sees Plunkeet fall short of his crease and the hosts are bowled out.
CAUGHT! Full toss, thrown low and wide but Adil Rashid lofts it straight towards Hardik Pandya at sweeper cover.
England 216-7 after 45 overs:
NO STOPPING KULDEEP! Tossed up, Willey rocks back and finds KL Rahul at deep mid-wicket. The chinaman becomes the first spinner to take 6 wickets in an ODI match.
6/25 from 10 overs without conceding a boundary on this small ground. Exceptional stuff from Kuldeep Yadav.#EngvInd— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 12, 2018
WHAT A CATCH! Kuldeep becomes only the second chinaman bowler after Brad Hogg to take a five-wicket haul in ODI cricket. Stokes mistimes his reverse sweep and Kaul at backward point latches on to a blinder.
Kuldeep Yadav is bowling in a script England's batsmen haven't learnt.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) July 12, 2018
England 214-5 after 44 overs:
FIFTY! Ben Stokes reaches his 12th ODI half-century. Had to work hard for this one
England 198-5 after 38 overs:
WICKET! Kuldeep Yadav gets another one and it's a soft dismissal. The ball drifts down leg but Buttler gets a nick while trying to run it down third man. Sharp catch by Dhoni behind the stumps.
England 188-4 after 36 overs:
FIFTY! 3rd consecutive half-century for Jos Buttler in ODI cricket and it couldn't have come at a better time. Has been the aggressor in this partnership with Stokes.
England 172-4 after 33 overs:
CAN THEY SWITCH GEARS? England dealing with ones and twos at the moment and boundaries are difficult to come by.
England 158-4 after 30 overs:
150 FOR ENGLAND! The hosts are slowly gaining momentum after being pushed on the backfoot. Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes also bring up their fifty partnership.
The absence of Bhuvi-Bumrah...and the success for spinners has made sure that Raina has finally bowled. At least one of the top six batsmen must bowl to find balance... #EngvInd— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) July 12, 2018
England 134-4 after 25 overs:
Buttler easing the pressure off Stokes with a few early boundaries. More will be needed of him!
England 107-4 after 20 overs:
CAUGHT! Chahal joins the party with the wicket of the England skipper. Tossed up, inviting the push and Morgan flicks it to the man at short mid-wicket.
It is a good day for wrist spin. Again.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) July 12, 2018
England 82-3 after 13 overs:
Root clueless against Kuldeep, India get their second wicket, balance restored to the game. If he continues to baffle England's top guns like this, I reckon Kuldeep will feature in the Test squad to be announced— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) July 12, 2018
REVIEW SUCCESSFUL! Two wickets in an over for Kuldeep. England's top order is being ripped apart by a young spinner and they are in tatters. Bairstow is the latest victim after failing to read the wrong 'un and he is struck on the back pad. Hawk-eye shows the ball hitting middle and off.
First 5 overs, Eng 26/0, scored 45/0 in the next 5 and 12/3 in the next 5.— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) July 12, 2018
Picking up wickets= Drying runs.
This formula never fails. Top spell on from Kuldeep Yadav#EngvInd
LBW! That's plumb and Root is struck right on the pads. Decides to take a review, but makes a walk to the pavilion after a chat with Bairstow. The ball skid off the deck and the batsman completely misjudged the delivery.
A solid , formidable batsman like Joe Root not able to pick and read @imkuldeep18 on two occasions now . All the more reason for India to start playing Kuldeep Yadav consistently in Test Cricket. Will make life difficult for English batsmen #ENGvIND— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 12, 2018
England 77-1 after 11 overs:
WICKET! It's that man again - Kuldeep - who strikes in his over. Roy attempts the reverse-sweep but loses his balance. Lobs it towards Umesh Yadav at point.
England 56-0 after 8 overs:
FIFTY! Bairstow brings it up with the first six of the game. The visitors need to stifle the steady run flow after a good start for England.
England 20-0 after 3 overs:
Bairstow drives two boundaries towards the cover region to extract 9 runs from Umesh's over. Warming up for a big innings?
England 6-0 after 1 over:
SHOUT FOR LBW! Length ball, nipping back into the Bairstow who is struck on the back leg. Virat Kohli has a discussion with Dhoni, but decides not to take the review call after an inside edge doubt. Hawk-eye shows the ball crashing into leg stump which would have granted the breakthrough.
After clinching the Twenty20 trophy, Team India will look forward to carrying on the same momentum when they face England in a three-match ODI series commencing on Thursday. This presents a fine opportunity for both sides to flex their muscles ahead of next year’s mega ICC Cricket World Cup.
The hosts, ranked top of the ODI rankings have emerged winners in 10 of their previous 12 bilateral series and come into the format having handed a shoddy Australia side a 6-0 drubbing. And with a solid batting line-up consisting the likes of Jos Buttler, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, the visitors will once again be tested.
Led by Virat Kohli, India also boasts a formidable batting line-up and it will be interesting to see who comes out on top. The two sides last faced each other was in 2017 when the Men in Blue edged England 2-1 in a three-match ODI series at home.
Both teams will also miss the presence of their finest pacers – Jasprit Bumrah and Chris Woakes – who have performed stupendously in the last few months. Eoin Morgan’s side has been dealt another blow with star batsman Alex Hales ruled out for the contest.
India win the toss and they are going to have a bowl.
Virat Kohli: We are gonna bowl first now. It looks like a hard pitch and we have chased well so far. Our strengths are different. The two wrist spinners bowling 20 overs in the middle overs are out strengths. I don't think any team are focussing on the rankings right now.
Here is how both the sides line-up for today -
England: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Moeen Ali, David Willey, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
Big match for Suresh Raina to reestablish himself in ODIs and Siddarth Kaul to prove his credentials— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) July 12, 2018
India: Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, MS Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Suresh Raina, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shreyas Iyer, Siddarth Kaul, Axar Patel, Umesh Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
England: Eoin Morgan (c), Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Joe Root, Jake Ball, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Ben Stokes, Adil Rashid, David Willey, Mark Wood.
The match is scheduled to start at 5:00 PM (IST) and will be broadcast on SonySIX and SonySIX HD.
Action can also be streamed on SonyLiv.com or the SonyLiv app....