In the first ODI of the England tour of India, Eoin Morgan won the toss and chose to bowl. In the first innings, India set up a competitive total of 318 for the hosts. The visiting England team fell short of 66 runs and lost the first match of the bilateral series. England 251/10, Jonny Bairstow 94, Prasidh Krishna 4/54. India goes 1-0 up in the bilateral series after clinching the first game.
England had a terrific start to the run chase, Jason Roy (46) and Jonny Bairstow took apart the Indian bowling line up in the powerplay. The Indian bowlers looked clueless against the English openers’ wrath. The two openers had a counter-attacking partnership of 135 in the first 15 overs. The partnership was broken by the debutant Prasidh Krishna, Roy was caught at point by Suryakumar Yadav who replaced Shreyas Iyer in the field. Ben Stokes came out to bat at number three, the all-rounder took 11 balls to score a run before he was caught by Shubman Gill in the 17th over on Prasidh’s bowling. Bairstow was hammering the Indian bowlers, but the opener was stranded at the other end while two wickets fell and the run rate also came down. He went for the maximum while batting in the ’90s and was caught at the deep by Kuldeep Yadav on Shardul Thakur’s delivery. Shardul struck twice in the same over yet again when he got the two big wickets of Eoin Morgan (22) and Jos Butler (2), which shifted the momentum completely in India’s favour. Sam Billings (18) and Moen Ali (30) were the two new batsmen at the crease, England was running out of wickets but the run rate was in complete control. Ali and Billings kept the scoreboard ticking, they both gathered 41 runs for the sixth wicket before the latter was caught by Virat Kohli who was fielding inside the ring. Ali also departed after showing the fighting spirit in the 38th over, the southpaw fell prey to the most economical bowler of the Indian team, Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Sam Curran was also dismissed in the following over on the debutant Krunal Pandya’s delivery. Kumar got his second victim of the game in the form of Adil Rashid. England was on the verge of losing and their last recognised batsman Tom Curran was trying to get his team close to the total. While going for the slog, the all-rounder couldn’t make the right contact and the ball went straight in the air and the catch was completed by Kumar.
For India, Prasidh was the pick of the bowlers as the debut pocketed four wickets, Thakur got three, Kumar grabbed two wickets while Krunal Pandya had one wicket to his name.