A devastating 6 for 25 by Kuldeep Yadav, followed by a Rohit Sharma’s unbeaten 137 has helped India to secure a comfortable 8-wicket victory over England in the first One-Day International (ODI) of the three-match series in Nottingham on Thursday. Batting first mainly due to the Kuldeep factor, England were bowled out for 268 in 49.5 overs. Later, courtesy to Rohit’s ton and skipper Virat Kohli’s 75, India chased down the target with 59 balls to spare.
Earlier, to start proceedings, India won an important toss and had no hesitation to field fist on that flat batting wicket. England had a brilliant start and scored 71 runs in the first powerplay, without losing any wicket. However, their downfall started as soon as Kohli brought Kuldeep into the attack. From 73 for no loss, soon they were four down for 105.
The English batsmen had absolutely no idea of how to tackle the left-armer. Kuldeep’s spell is now the fourth best figure by an Indian bowler in ODIs.
Meanwhile, thanks to the half-centuries of Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes, England managed to cross the 250-run mark.
Later, in the second half, English batsmen failed to put India under any sort of pressure as Kohli and Sharma assured a stress-free run-chase for India.
Both the teams will now head towards Lords for the second game on next Saturday.
England 268 in 49.5 overs (Jos Buttler 53, Ben Stokes 50; Kuldeep Yadav 6 for 25, Umesh Yadav 2 for 70) lost to India 269/2 in 40.1 overs (Rohit Sharma 137*, Virat Kohli 75; Moeen Ali 1 for 60) by 8 wickets.
Player of the match: Kuldeep Yadav