India vs England 2021: India draw first blood in ODI series with 66-run win

Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Krunal Pandya, Prasidh Krishna and Shardul Thakur all shone for India.

Indian Cricket Team

England were unable to ride on a scintillating start to their run-chase as India drew first blood in the three-match ODI series by winning the first match. The match saw plenty of excellent knocks and spells but in the end, the difference proved to be the runs India got in the death overs. England got off to a blistering start in their chase but a slew of wickets in the middle overs brought India back into the game and helped them win in.

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Earlier, India were put in to bat and they decided to hand debuts to Krunal Pandya and Prasidh Krishna. The Indian openers were Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan and the two began cautiously. They got to 39/0 in the Powerplay before the latter lost his wicket. Dhawan and Virat Kohli then upped the ante and kept the scoreboard ticking.

Shikhar Dhawan, Krunal Pandya and KL Rahul shine with the bat; Prasidh Krishna and Shardul Thakur star with the ball

Shardul Thakur
Shardul Thakur

Shikhar Dhawan was the one who helped lay down an excellent platform, but the left-hander fell short of his hundred by two runs. Virat Kohli too got out after getting a fifty. Just as India were staring down the barrel of a collapse, KL Rahul and debutant Krunal Pandya joined hands and came up with a hundred-partnership as they pummeled the English bowlers in the last 10 overs to take India to 317.

In the chase, England were off to a flier as Jonny Bairstow came out all guns blazing. However, the wicket of Jason Roy brought about regular wickets as the Englishmen kept falling despite having the required run-rate under control. Prasidh Krishna who was taken for runs initially came roaring back with three wickets. The game’s turning point however, was a double-wicket over from Shardul Thakur to remove Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler.

England tried to guard their wickets later on since the required rate was below 6. However, the pacers kept picking wicket after wicket with an excellent display to bowl the visitors out for 251 as they fell short by 66 runs.


India Innings

BatsmanMode of DismissalRunsBalls
Rohit Sharmac Buttler b Stokes2842
Shikhar Dhawanc Morgan b Stokes98106
Virat Kohlic Ali b Wood5660
Shreyas Iyerc (sub) Livingstone b Wood69
KL Rahulnot out6243
Hardik Pandyac Bairstow b Stokes19
Krunal Pandyanot out5831

Total – 317/5 in 50 overs

Mark Wood10752
Sam Curran10480
Tom Curran10630
Ben Stokes8343
Adil Rashid9660
Moeen Ali3280

England Innings

BatsmanMode of DismissalRunsBalls
Jason Royc (sub) Suryakumar b Prasidh4635
Jonny Bairstowc Kuldeep b Thakur9466
Ben Stokesc (sub) Gill b Prasidh111
Eoin Morganc Rahul b Thakur2230
Jos Buttlerlbw b Thakur24
Sam Billingsc Kohli b Prasidh1822
Moeen Alic Rahul b Bhuvneshwar3037
Sam Curranc (sub) Gill b Krunal1220
Tom Curranc Bhuvneshwar b Prasidh1116
Adil Rashidc Rahul b Bhuvneshwar05
Mark Woodnot out27

Total – 251 all-out in 42.1 overs

Bhuvneshwar Kumar9302
Prasidh Krishna8.1544
Shardul Thakur6373
Krunal Pandya10591
Kuldeep Yadav9680

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