India makes England bat in ODI opener

Ruben Holloway
July 13, 2018

Today the odds were in the favour of the home team to win the game against the Indians at the very same venue but what followed after 2 hours into the England batting was absolute drama. It is always hard being left out and you never like that as a player. The English batsmen have failed to pick him and he has already amassed 18 wickets on the tour including the two T20s against Ireland.

Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow shared a 73 runs stand for the opening wicket in just 10.2 overs. He picked up three more to end with stunning figures of 6/25. Especially the next game, looking at it from the series perspective.

Rohit Sharma anchored India's chase at Trent Bridge with an unbeaten 137.

The tourists will have confidence on their side after their T20 win heading into the 50-over format, exposing England's attack on smaller grounds. With the help of half-centuries from all-rounder, Ben Stokes and wicketkeeper Jos Buttler England scored 268 runs in 49.5 over. These two wrist spinners have been making the difference since they have come in.

The southpaw was in a murderous mood as he thwarted the English pacers to all corners in the first few overs. It is reported that he might be out of action for three or four weeks.

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"He has the ability to hit boundaries". He was rewarded with the wicket of Kohli but went for a few runs more than what he would have liked.

"I know I said 10 days ago that he wouldn't get left out", Farbrace said.

"Kuldeep extracted more turn than any other spinner".

Talking about missing out on playing in the IPL, Root said, "All the domestic tournaments around the world, they have to fit around playing for England".

He added: "He is our best player". Though it compares decently to the Indian seamers, the fact that Kuldeep and even Suresh Raina went for less than three-an-over shows how Chahal didn't quite utilise England's uncertainty against spin. He almost had both openers dismissed in his opening over which reeked of aggression. 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. However, Ali's seven overs cost 49. "He will be spurred on by that and he will do everything he can to make sure he is ready for Thursday's game at Trent Bridge".

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Meanwhile Morgan tried to put England's struggles against Yadav into perspective by saying: "Considering there is only one left-arm "Chinaman" (a left-arm wrist-spinner) bowler in the world it is not a huge concern".

For India, ODI newcomer Siddarth Kaul replaces injured Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Root said he doesn't fear losing his place in the limited-overs teams. His best moment perhaps came when he held on to a stunner to dismiss Stokes.

The ground was bathed in sunshine, the pitch was flat - if a little drier and slower than previously - and the boundaries were short.

England are the number one ranked side in the world in the 50-over game. Both the batsmen milked the bowling for a decent length of time but the scoreboard pressure caught up with the Skipper and he perished of the bowling of Yuzvendra Chahal for 19.

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Batsmen-friendly wickets are expected in this ODI series. "If they carry on playing him like this, he'll be playing in the Test series too because he's all over Root and Bairstow in particular". He hung back to a delivery that spun in sharply and was trapped in front by a fired up Kuldeep. With both Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma being automatic selections at the top of the order, Rahul, who is also a specialist opener comes in at No 3.

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