England lost two matches in two days, first they were defeat in the FIFA Cup semi-finals 2018, then their cricket team lost to India in the first one-day international, thus making their this weekend look gloomy.
Riding on a terrific 167-run partnership between opener Rohit Sharma and Skipper Virat Kohli, India on Thursday drummed England by 8 wickets in the first One Day International at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.
Chasing a target of 269, India chased down the total with 59 balls to spare.
Shikhar Dhawan scored 40 off 27 balls, and Rohit Sharma provided India with a strong start, contributing 59 runs for the first wicket partnership.
After Dhawan’s departure, Kohli came in to bat at number 3 ahead of KL Rahul. Both Kohli and Rahul played the English bowlers brilliantly.
Rohit reached his 18 century off just 82 balls, and remained unbeaten on 137. His innings was laced with 16 boundaries and 4 sixes.
Virat also played a stellar knock of 75 in 82 balls before getting out, stumped off on Adil Rashid’s delivery.
For England, however, none of the bowlers looked threatening against Rohit and Kohli. Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid took one wicket each.
For India once they broke England’s opening stand the team never looked back. Kuldeep Yadav the man who did most of the damage, nevertheless, India’s other bowler’s ensured that England could never get away from them with the bat.
Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes managed to build a middle-order platform, but there was no late explosion this time from the duo.
With the bat it was a cakewalk for India, led by another masterful hundred from Rohit Sharma and a lovely innings from Virat Kohli, Team India laid down yet another marker.
The fact that India restricted England to this score without their best death bowler is quite impressive; all kudos to the young lad Kuldeep.
Furthermore, the Indian batsmen are playing fluently and have continued their good form of the T20 Internationals, in this series as well. Their ability to play spin is one factor, but it is not the only factor.
After the match England skipper Eoin Morgan said, “Certainly not our best day we have had here, full credit to India, they completely outplayed us. Playing against spin is a challenge we will hopefully continue to improve on.”
Virat Kohli added, “As clinical as it can be. We knew it was a really good wicket but wrist spin in the middle overs would be tricky. When they get 10 overs then we know they have the skills to have an impact.”
Speaking on the performance of Kuldeep the Indian skipper opined that he was outstanding. Kholi said, “I do not think I have seen a better ODI spell in a while.”
Now both the teams will face each other on Sunday evening, when France and Croatia will warm themselves up to give their best in Russia.