In the first ODI of the England tour of India, Eoin Morgan won the toss and chose to bowl. Shikhar Dhawan’s knock of 98 along with a quickfire from Krunal Pandya and KL Rahul helped India to set a competitive target for England. India 317/5, K Pandya (58), Rahul (62), Ben Stokes (3/34).
The Indian openers had a slow start to their innings as they managed to score just 38 runs in the first ten overs of the game. Rohit Sharma (28) and Shikhar Dhawan changed gears gradually. Sharma and Dhawan had a partnership of 64 for the first wicket before the former was caught behind the stumps on a pretty ordinary delivery by Ben Stokes in the 15th over. Dhawan continued his innings at a steady pace and built a crucial partnership with Virat Kohli (56). The flow of runs increased with every passing over as the Indian skipper didn’t find any difficulty in clearing the boundaries. The two well-set batsmen churned out 105 runs for the second wicket partnership before Kohli departed when he flicked the ball straight to the fielder at the deep wicket in the 33rd over. Shreyas Iyer walked in to bat at number four, without contributing much with the bat he was caught by Livingstone on Mark Wood’s bowling in the 35th over. Amidst the fall of wickets, Dhawan stuck at the crease and kept scoring runs at his pace and was inching towards his century. The southpaw fell two runs short of his ton when he pulled the ball straight to Morgan who was standing just inside the ring. Hardik Pandya was the batsman at number six with scoring just a run, the all-rounder knicked the ball to Jonny Bairstow at the slips. KL Rahul and the debutant Krunal Pandya were the two new batsmen at the crease. Rahul took his time before he could settle in but Pandya went straight against the English bowlers. Rahul and Pandya started slogging in the last ten overs of the game and the runs started flowing at a faster rate. The two attacking batsmen managed to score 21 runs of the 48th when they smashed two sixes and a four to Wood. The Pandya-Rahul partnership amassed 112 runs for the sixth wicket in the last ten overs which helped India to get over the 300-run mark on the scoreboard.
For England, Stokes got three wickets while Wood pocketed two to his name. The visitors need to chase the competitive target of 318 to clinch the first game of the bilateral series.