The visitors were simply too good for the hosts after skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bowl first. Eoin Morgan‘s men were bowled out for just 268 runs and could only watch in amazement as India romped home to victory with more than nine overs to spare in the end.
After India took the early ascendancy in the three-match series, we look at the key talking points from the Trent Bridge clash.
KULDEEP SPINS A WEB AROUND ENGLAND’S BATSMEN
England’s openers Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow gave the hosts a characteristic flying start at Trent Bridge but they soon ran into a wall named Kuldeep Yadav as their familiar failings against spin reared its ugly head.
The young left-armed leg spinner struck with his very second delivery to break the 73-run opening stand as Roy became his first victim. In his next over, Kuldeep bamboozled Joe Root once again by trapping him on the pads before removing Bairstow in similar fashion in the same over.
Skipper Virat Kohli opted to take Kuldeep out of the attack after his initial spell of destruction and when he returned, he created more havoc for the hosts. The 23-year-old dismissed half-centurions Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler before removing Adil Rashid to complete a six-wicket haul.
The wrist-spinner astonishingly did not concede a single boundary in his 10 overs on a ground where England posted 481 and 444 in their last two appearances. His career-best figures of 6-25 are the first time a left-arm wrist-spinner has claimed six wickets in ODI history.
BEN STOKES AND JOS BUTTLER FIGHT BACK WITH CONTRASTING INNINGS
After Kuldeep’s initial burst had reduced England to 105-4 from 73-0, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler came together to provide some degree of stability to England’s innings. Both the batsmen went about their business in contrasting fashions as Buttler played with customary attacking intent while Stokes uncharacteristically dug in with a dogged innings.
Buttler continued his good form as he struck another half-century in quick-time before falling to Kuldeep for a 51-ball 53. Stokes, on the other hand, curbed his attacking instincts as he dug in for the long haul. He brought up his 12th ODI century in a staggering 102 deliveries, his slowest one till date. He too, fell immediately after to Kuldeep’s wrist-spin but his 103-ball innings was the first time the star all-rounder had faced more than 100 balls in an ODI without scoring a century.
Their methods might have been polar opposites of the other but Buttler and Stokes played a big part in ensuring England did not collapse completely after Kuldeep’s initial mayhem.
ROHIT SHARMA SLAMS BACK TO BACK TONS
If England had any hopes of making India sweat in their chase of a modest 269, they were quickly dashed with Rohit Sharma continuing from where he left off at Bristol in the final T20.
The India opener took a backseat at the start as Shikhar Dhawan played an entertaining cameo but quickly assumed control once his opening partner departed. The India vice-captain looked as fluent as he did in Bristol as he made full use of the batting paradise that is Trent Bridge.
The right-hander forged a 167-run stand in no time for the second wicket along with skipper Virat Kohli as the visitors made a mockery of England’s total. He reached the three-figure mark with a six off Adil Rashid as he notched up his 18th ODI ton and his first against England in the format.
After smashing 15 boundaries and four sixes in his 114-ball knock, Rohit remained unbeaten on 138 to guide India to a thumping victory at Trent Bridge.
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.