England looked to be in the driver’s seat after the early onslaught from the openers Bairstow and Roy. The target of 318 looked least bit sufficient while these two were at the crease. But things fell apart for England after the dismissal of Roy who scored 46 and Ben Stokes followed him soon after. An injured Morgan was dropped on 0 by Kohli but he couldn’t capitalise on the life that he got and scored 22 before being dismissed by Sharmila’s Thakur. It simply was a procession from there on with England batsmen queuing to the pavilion. In the end, India won by 66 runs and registered a comprehensive victory over the hosts.
Dhawan, Kohli, Rahul, and especially Krunal Pandya were the stars of the first innings with the latter two putting on a show towards the end, scoring 112 runs in the last 10 overs. Dhawan(98) missed the century by 2 runs.
After a rollicking start from English openers, the odds were indeed stacked against India who looked down and out but a spirited performance from debutante Prasidh Krishna(4 wickets) and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar (2 wickets) turned the tide in India’s favour.
The second ODI will be played at the same venue, Pune on 26th of March.