Rohit Sharma‘s classy 137 not out and Yadav’s six for 25 helped the tourists to a thumping eight-wicket win in the opening one-day international on Thursday.
England were outclassed having lost the toss and been put into bat, with Jos Buttler top-scoring with 53 in their 268 all out. In reply India cruised to 269 for two with almost 10 overs to spare.
They face each other again at Lord’s on Saturday in the second of the three-match series with England missing the injured Alex Hales, who has been ruled out for the series with a torn muscle in his left side.
Hales’ replacement Joe Root was one of three early victims for Kuldeep and Morgan knows England cannot afford another struggle against spin next time out.
He said: “Lord’s will be very similar to Cardiff, so the shift from ground to ground will be important, but that doesn’t paper over the fact we need to get better at playing him.
“When he does bowl well he is very good and he exposes an area of our game we need to improve on, that is a healthy thing.
“It’s a chance to improve in this area, however long it takes, between now and the World Cup.
“He did bowl well, we need to clarify and commit to our plans and just be better.”
Morgan dismissed suggestions it was a drubbing but admits England failed to score enough runs.
“I wouldn’t go that far, we have played games where were the shoe has been on the other foot and it’s been a bigger defeat,” he said.
“You can be exposed more when you don’t put a score on the board at a small ground. That exposed another area of our game, simply not scoring enough runs.”
England never got to grips with Kuldeep as he took apart their top order, initially claiming three for seven in two overs.
Root again struggled and only scored three while Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow failed to build on a solid start, both dismissed for 38 as they all fell to Kuldeep.
Ben Stokes hit 50 but the hosts’ laboured innings was a contrast to their last ODI in Nottingham, when England smashed a record 481 against Australia last month.
In reply India made light work of England’s attack as Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan (40) and Virat Kohli (75) dominated – but it was Kuldeep’s six-wicket haul which had done the early damage.
Kuldeep said: “Luckily I got three wickets in two overs which changed the momentum. I’m enjoying English conditions at the moment.
“I didn’t try anything new, I stuck to the basics and stuck wicket to wicket. I’m hoping for the Test call and let’s see what happens in a couple of days when they announce the team.
“All six wickets are the best ones, the first was very important, we needed a breakthrough and got that.”
Vice-captain Rohit hit a wonderful 137 not out after Kuldeep had done the damage with the ball with six wickets, helping India win with 10 overs to spare.
Jos Buttler top-scored for England – who have the chance to level the series at Lord’s on Saturday – with 53 but they failed to deal with Kuldeep’s spin before toiling in the field.
He claimed six for 25 from 10 overs – including 38 dot balls – as England were outclassed and dismissed for 268 having lost the toss and put into bat.
Kuldeep was backed up by the quick-hitting openers before Shikhar Dhawan was caught for 40 by Adil Rashid after horribly mistiming a slog off Moeen Ali.
But it did little to slow India down as they passed 100 with Rohit and Virat Kohli taking on England.
They both reached their half-centuries as India cruised to 169 for one, needing 100 to win from 25 overs.
The devastating Rohit rattled off a century with a stunning six only after seeing Jason Roy drop an extremely difficult chance when the opener was on 92.
Kohli, though, was stumped by Buttler for 75 off Rashid to end the partnership at 167 but it was only a brief respite for England.
Mark Wood’s nought for 55 from six overs was costly but Eoin Morgan’s side failed to post a competitive total.
England, who had plundered a record 481 in Nottingham against Australia last month, struggled despite an opening stand of 73.
Kuldeep took control in a devastating spell, claiming 3-7 from two overs with Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root all falling.
Roy (38) was caught by Umesh Yadav while Bairstow (38) and Root were trapped lbw in the 13th over.
It saw England slip to 82 for three and Morgan (19) walked after bringing up England’s 100, giving his wicket away after being caught at midwicket by Suresh Raina off Yuzvendra Chahal.
From then it was slow going as Ben Stokes took 103 balls to make his fifty and Buttler crept to a half-century as the pair rebuild the hosts’ innings.
India restricted England to pinching quick runs rather than plundering boundaries – a far cry from when Bairstow and Alex Hales smashed 41 between them against Australia.
And when Kuldeep returned he had Buttler caught behind for 53 thanks to MS Dhoni’s impressive reflexes.
Moeen (24) and Rashid (22) helped England to their final total during a late flurry of wickets
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.