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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