After a thrilling T20 Series England and India clash in the first of three ODIs at high scoring Trent Bridge in Nottingham today. Vice captain Rohit Sharma hinted on Wednesday the team would like to chase and after Indian captain Virat Kohli won the toss they have put England into bat.
England openers Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow gave the hosts a solid start as they added 70 runs insides the first 10 overs. Kuldeep Yadav then struck with his first over to remove Roy after a 38-run knock by the English opener. The left-armed wrist spinner struck again in his next over trapping Joe Root plumb in front of the wicket as England were reduced to 81-2. He then had Bairstow dismissed in similar fashion in the same over as the hosts lost their third.
Skipper Eoin Morgan became the fourth wicket to fall after he fell to the leg spin of Yuzvendra Chahal for 19. Since the fall of Morgan’s wicket, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes had provided some stability to England’s innings with a 50-plus stand. Buttler got to his half-century before he became Kuldeep’s fourth victim of the day as England were reduced to 198-5. The youngster struck twice in his final over to remove Stokes and David Willey as England lost their seventh wicket. The hosts were eventually bowled out for 268 runs in the final over of the innings.
In reply, India’s openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan gave the visitors a strong a start before the latter fell to Moeen Ali for 40. Both Rohit and skipper Kohli have reached their half-centuries as India remain in total command in their chase of 269. Rohit brought up his 18th ODI ton in 81 balls while Kohli notched up another half-century before the latter fell to Adil Rashid. Rohit remained unbeaten on 138 as India romped to a eight-wicket win in the 41st over of the innings.
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Former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting has said that India‘s Virat Kohli is the best batsman operating currently in the world of cricket. However, the Australian believes compatriot Steve Smith would be worthy of that accolade had he not been handed a one-year ban by Cricket Australia.
The ‘Punter’ was asked to pick his current best batsman in the world during Channel Seven’s launch of the cricket season.
“Right now, he (Virat Kohli) is because Steve Smith is not there,” Ponting was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.
“But if Steve Smith was playing now, I’d have him as the number one player in the world.
“That’s how high in regard I hold Steve Smith – what he’s done the last three or four years with his game and (he’s been) able to lead an Australian team to so many wins the way he has batted.”
“The Ashes summer last year was just some of the best and purest batting as you’re ever going to see. To do it on the big stage in an Ashes series, and to do it on the first day of an Ashes series when it counts the most, says a lot about him,” Ponting added.
Smith has been away from international cricket ever since the ball-tampering scandal that erupted at Cape Town during Australia’s tour of South Africa earlier this year.
The-then Australia skipper was handed a one-year ban from international and domestic cricket by Cricket Australia with his deputy David Warner receiving the same punishment. Protagonist of the saga Cameron Bancroft meanwhile, was handed a nine-month ban for his role.
Smith and Warner have both been in action lately in the inaugural Global T20 Canada league.
Atherton, who was speaking during the UK launch of former India skipper Sourav Ganguly’s book ‘A century is not enough’ at Lord’s when he was asked about the threat the launch of new T20 leagues posed to Test cricket.
“Like any other industry, cricket has been disrupted. IPL has been a disruptive event, giving players options and opportunities,” the Englishman was quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India.
“We still sell Test cricket well here in England. The grounds in India may look empty (during Test matches) but we have to bear in mind that those are much larger grounds. The game has always adapted and will continue to do so. I remain optimistic about the future,” he added.
Ganguly, on his part, suggested that day-night Tests were the way forward to revive interest in the five-day game.
“It is difficult for working people to spend the whole day away from work at a cricket ground,” the former India skipper stated.
Former Sri Lanka stalwart Kumar Sangakkara too was a part of the discussion and he mentioned the need for Test cricket to become financially viable in the modern times.
“There is still a great love for Test cricket. But everything evolves and moves on. We just have to change our mindset,” the Sri Lankan said.