Riding on a terrific 167-run partnership between opener Rohit Sharma and skipper Virat Kohli, India on Thursday thumped England by 8 wickets in the first one-day international at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. Chasing a target of 269, India chased down the total with 59 balls remaining. Shikhar Shawan (40 off 27 balls) and Rohit Sharma provided India with a solid start, contributing 59 runs for the first wicket.
Rohit brought his 18th century off 82 balls and went on to remained unbeaten on 137. Virat also played a stellar 75-run knock off 82 balls before getting out stumped off Adil Rashid’s delivery. For England, none of the bowlers looked threatening against Rohit and Kohli. Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid took one wicket each.
Kuldeep Yadav, however, has adjusted all the conditions very beautifully. He started with a five-wicket haul in the opening match of the tour, the first Twenty20 International at Manchester, and has followed that up with a six-wicket haul to give India a winning start in the one-day series.
England were off to a roaring start after being put into bat with Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow powering them to 71 for no loss in 10 overs.
A desperate Virat Kohli turned to Kuldeep and he provided the breakthrough in his very first over, before adding two more in his second to rattle the top-order.
Kuldeep’s stunning performance has been in contrast to the other spinners, including his teammates.