India have crusaded through the first ODI. Not too many pundits saw this coming. A mismatch like the first T20I. The next stop is at Lord's. Only a day of rest for both the teams but plenty of it for our team. This is Kumar Abhisekh Das signing off on behalf of MS Ramakrishnan, Akshay Maanay, Hariprasad, Sriram and the ever smiling Shashikant Singh!
Kuldeep Yadav, Man of the Match: For me it is a big day. I started off well in the first few overs. Luckily I got a couple of wickets in the first two overs. For me it does not matter if the ground is small. Initially I thought there was a lot of turn and after the first over, I knew I was in the game. If you are bowling in the right areas and you are using the variations perfectly, then it is pretty hard for the batsman. I know they will come back hard at us in the next game. I am hoping for a Test call.
(2/2) Anything is possible with the selections for Tests and there might be a few surprises. Kuldeep is making a strong case for himself and so is Chahal. And looking at the way, the English batsmen have struggled against them, we might be tempted to do it. But the focus now is winning the next two games. Especially the next game looking at it from the series perspective. The weather has been lovely. It has been very welcoming. The crowd support has been brilliant. The tour is really long and there is some tough cricket ahead of us which we are looking forward to.
Virat Kohli: (1/2) As clinical as it can be. We knew it was a good wicket to play on. Those wrist spinners in the middle overs are going to be tricky. Given more overs and more time in the middle, they become even more lethal. When guys are not going hard at them, they have 10 overs and they know they have something to comeback and have the skill to do it. Kuldeep was outstanding. To give away 25 runs and pick up 6 wickets on that kind of a wicket, I don't think I have seen a better spell of bowling in ODIs of late. After that, Rohit batting very long and finishing the game for us. We made a tactical decision (at Bristol) looking at the dimensions of the ground and the breeze flowing into the shorter boundary. When it comes to longer game, you need players to make an impact. These two wrist spinners have been making the difference since they have come in. They did it in South Africa in the middle overs. They remain as our key weapons.
Eoin Morgan: Certainly not our best day out here. Full credit to India as they completely outplayed us. Kuldeep had a very good day at the office. Playing spin against India is one challenge that hopefully we will keep improving upon. But today we were well off the mark. I think both the games there has been more turn than on the grounds that we have played on and that is one thing probably that we have identified. I think Lord's will be different as it won't offer a great deal of turn. But certainly he (Kuldeep) extracted more turn out of this than any other spinner. We need to improve as a side. The seamers on this wicket come on to the bat on this wicket and hence the high scoring nature of the ground. We need to expose our areas of weakness before the WC and this seems to be one of them. And because it is a rare chance to be coming up against two wrist spinners. During the winter, we tour to West Indies and Sri Lanka and this will be good practice for those series.
- England pacers failing to take a wicket in a home ODI (overs) - only the third time it has happened:27.2 vs SL, Durham, 200624.0 vs SL, Leeds, 200621.0 vs Ind, Trent Bridge, 2018*
- Second biggest win for India against England in England in terms of balls to spare. Only bigger win came by 117 balls in Edgbaston in 2014 (Target 207).
Most wins after 50 ODIs as captain:39 C Lloyd/ R Ponting/ V KOHLI37 H Cronje36 V Richards34 S Pollcok33 Wasim Akram/ Waqar Younis
- Rohit Sharma's 137* is now the highest score by an Indian batsman vs England in England in ODIs. PRE: 107 by Kohli, Cardiff, 2011.
13th July, 2002. Almost 16 years back, India scripted a famous win at Lord's to announce the world that they won't crumble under a chase. And now you see the results. After restricting the hosts for only 268, India have just had a walk in the park to topple it down. 39 wins out of 50 ODIs for Kohli as captain. India continue to be ruthless. A six-for which brought about a hell lot of records also brought down an English batting line up which has been tormenting bowlers for fun. But the script was reversed. India set about their chase with Dhawan being the boundary merchant before he ran down the track, looked to play a swipe and top-edged it for him to pave way for India's number 3. After a lot of hullabaloo it was Kohli who came out and India had the chase under control. Rohit Sharma brought up his 18th ODI ton with his second successive century on the tour. Kohli did get out stumped, 7 years since it last happened, to Rashid. But by then India needed a dawdle and they did it with elan.
Will KL finish it off? Or will he hand the strike back to Rohit.
Only 11 needed now..Last over? Joe Root to bowl now. Ravi Shastri seen talking to Kohli. They seem so relaxed.
Moeen Ali [7.0-0-49-1] is back into the attack
Still 30 more needed. India have slowed down a bit after the fall of Kohli as Rahul is playing himself in. An unprecedented break. I got it wrong then. Now they are taking drinks and did not take it after Kohli's wicket. Even 350 would have been dwarfed by this phenomenal chase. India have hardly broken a sweat so far.
Some field changes.
David Willey [2.0-0-18-0] is back into the attack
Lokesh Rahul, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Time for Drinks. India are cantering away. The Rohit-Kohli combo again came to the party and have almost knocked England out of the game. Only a miracle can help the Englishmen now.
Adil Rashid to Kohli, THAT'S OUT!! Stumped!!
STAT: This is now the highest 2nd wicket stand for Ind vs Eng surpassing 163 by Gavaskar & Azhar at the Oval in 1986.
One of India's top three has scored a 100 in eight out of last nine ODIs.Rohit 208*, MohaliDhawan 100*, VizagKohli 112, DurbanKohli 160*, Cape TownDhawan 109, JohannesburgRohit 115, Port ElizabethKohli 129*, CenturionRohit 101*, Trent Bridge-- Only time they missed out was when they chased down 119 against SA in the 2nd ODI of the series in Centurion.
Adil Rashid [6.0-0-36-0] is back into the attack
Only 62 needed
Liam Plunkett [4.0-0-17-0] is back into the attack
Mark Wood [5.0-0-40-0] is back into the attack
Moeen Ali [2.0-0-14-1] is back into the attack
Drinks are on the field now.. India are running away with the game. Two 50+ partnerships has set the tone and with these two well set now, they should be cruising towards the target. England need wickets and need them quickly..
Ben Stokes [1.0-0-9-0] is back into the attack
Adil Rashid, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
Ben Stokes, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Liam Plunkett, right-arm fast, comes into the attack
STAT: Rohit and Dhawan are now the most successful pair in England for a visiting team scoring 844 runs from 12 stands. They go past 811 in ten stands between Williamson and Taylor.
Virat Kohli, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Moeen Ali to Dhawan, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
The ball seems to have got a bit of a disfiguring after that last shot. Seems like a piece of it has come off.
Moeen Ali, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
Time for a change. Morgan opts for spin very early in the innings.
David Willey, left-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Rohit and Dhawan are at the crease. Rohit is on strike. Mark Wood will open the attack