India will be going to play the 1 ODI on high after 2-1 T20I series win while England, the top-ranked ODI team in ICC men’s ODI Team rankings, coming into the series having crushed a below-par Australia 6-0 in their last bilateral engagement recently.
And to make matters worse Alex Hales has been ruled out with injury for the rest of the ODI series.
Test skipper Root’s 113, allied to fifties from white-ball captain Eoin Morgan and David Willey, guided England to 322 for seven.
Acting coach Paul Farbrace was previously adamant that Test captain Root is in England’s first-choice XI in any format come what may.
Left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav and opener Rohit Sharma emerged as the heroes of the match with their outstanding and match winning performances. Whether that’s making sure I get enough rest, or obviously if there are worldwide games throughout those tournaments, I’m going to have to miss out. Kohli and Suresh Raina’s 80-run partnership was an isolated moment of resistance from the visitors but that ended when the Indian captain fell to Moeen Ali LBW.
Rohit Sharma (15) and Shikhar Dhawan (36) shared 49 runs for the opening stand before both perished in successive overs to put India on the back foot. Dhawan and KL Rahul were dismissed in quick succession as India were reduced to 60/3.
Four overs later Roy’s slog sweep terminated in the hands of deep mid-wicket and England seemed to be succumbing, lemming-like, to the mystery spinner again.
Dhoni made it to 10,000 career runs in ODI cricket in a odd innings, the India veteran barely playing a shot in anger despite the ever-growing required rate and when he finally did, he picked out Stokes on the boundary, bringing to an end a knock of 37 off 59 balls. However, it was never an impossible target to chase. If Yadav and the bowlers did an excellent job in dismissing England for just 268 in the first game in batting friendly conditions, the Indian batsmen chased down the target in a mere 40.1 overs with 8 wickets still in the bag.
But the truly unfathomable sequence of play was kicked off after the dismissals of Pandya and Umesh Yadav in the space of four balls.
The move didn’t yield any result as the all-rounder was taken for 21 runs in his first two-over spell.
Morgan (19) then carelessly chipped Chahal to midwicket. Middlesex batsman Dawid Malan will stay with the England squad for the second ODI.
The pursuit of 323 in this era does not intimidate batsmen but Eoin Morgan had read the situation shrewdly.
They crossed the line with eight wickets and 59 balls to spare. However, Stokes and Buttler added some important for the fifth wicket before Kuldeep sent Buttler back to pavilion for 53 runs.
After the initial setbacks, the hosts crossed 150 in the 25th over.
In fact at the end of the over, substitute fielders Shardul Thakur and Axar Patel came in with an energy drink and replacement bat, which on air commentators termed as a message to push things. England proceeded to choke India with spin, and the required rate escalated to over eleven an over with 12 overs to play.