India vs England 2021 . first ODI. live score and latest updates

India vs England 2021 . first ODI. live score and latest updates

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Tue, 23 Mar 2021 08:00:00 +0000

Ben Stokes is hit by a half-volley at second slip as the ball scuttled beneath his hands



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Tom Curran is the first change and he’s wearing a had-band that is trying for a Christopher Walken in the Deer Hunter vibe.

Rohit requires more treatment before he can continue.

We’re going to be here all day at this rate.

Curran T beats Rohit through  the gate, the ball kisses his back thighpad and England appeal half-heartedly for the catch.

Shikhar works two singles off his pads, Rohit dabs one down to third man.

Sam Curran will continue – it’s not the end of his spell.  

Five singles off Sam Curran’s fifth over.

He has bowled well to end his first spell with 5-1-15-0 but this bowling attack looks very short of wicket-taking threat, bar Adil Rashid.

I genuinely think they discarded Plunkett too soon.

Could have done a job in the T20. 

Ben Stokes is hit by a half-volley at second slip as the ball scuttled beneath his hands.

It strikes him plum on the shin and, understandably, he yells.

His team-mates find it hilarious.  

Rohit after groping about to the first four balls, now recovers his princely elegance to smear a cover drive for four and follows it up with an even better stroke, drilling four, Tendulkar fashion, down through mid-off.


Roy dives to his left to try to catch a blistering cut stroke from Dhawan at backward point.

He does well even to parry it and they almost bag a batsman anyway as Billings shies at the non-strikers and makes the clearly stricken Rohit dive to make his ground. 

So much ‘bustle’ about Sam Billings as a bowler, like a little engine determined to pull a heavy load up a hill.

”ll show you.’ You sense that in his mind’s eye he’s 6ft 2in and Wasimesque.

Whatever, he is bowling well, teasing them with a fuller length.

Two singles off the over. 

Dhawan breaks the shackles with a thunderous square cut for four off Wood followed off the very next ball with a creamy no-footwork cover drive, both shots reminiscent of Trescothick, albeit a Trescothick without the sausage  habit.

Rohit needs more treatment and a bandage now.

Oh bandage, up yours etc. 

Curran minor (minimus plays for Northants) pins Shikhar, goes up in a full-throated appeal but accepts the umpire’s judgment that it was too high.

The dashing left-hander comes down the track but has to hastily improvise a whip through midwicket for a single. 

Rohit improvises too, playing an uncharacteristic paddle-scoop over his shoulder for four.

He hardly ever plays strokes like that. 


Nasty blow for Rohit on the right elbow.

The replay makes one wince thousands of miles away.

His left elbow was nice and high, trying to flick the ball through square leg but it kept climbing and struck him horribly.

His little finger is numb, skin grazed and he is in considerable pain.

But he will continue after the blood has been blotted and painkillers chugged. 

Two balls left after the delay.

Both of them should be short, one would think.

No, double bluff.

Wood goes full and Rohit defends, keeping the bottom hand on the bat.

The ball that hit him was 92mph. 

Wood ends the over by coming wide on the crease and beating Rohit all ends up as the ball whistles past the edge and leaps over off-stunp.

Another maiden. 

Good from Sam Curran, whose IPL seven-figure value doesn’t seem to be accepted by most England fans who continually question his worth as a white-ball cricketer.

He makes the ball nibble both ways to Dhawan, tries the yorker that the left-hander chisels out and puts a maiden in the scorebook.

Mark Wood has now bowled the first over of an ODI innings on 18 occasions – but has never taken a wicket in that opening over.

Since 2000, only one man has bowled the first over more often, without taking a wicket: Mohammed Shami, who's done it 19 times.



Excellent start from Mark Wood, who is cramping Dhawan for room outside off from over the wicket.

Well, he was until, after beating him, he hangs one wider and the Flashing Blade slashes a cut through point for four.

He hit it so hard, England need a replacement ball as the seam has disintegrated in one spot. 

Big shout from Sam Curran as he pins Rohit on the back leg.

It would have hit middle and off but regrettably pitched outside leg-stump.  They work three single sedately to continue a low-key start.

As Sky points out, on Krunal Pandya’s debut, it’s a long time since England fielded two brothers in a team with two brothers in it.

1997 with the Hollioakes vs the Waughs? 

Mark Wood starts at his usual fair lick with speed, bounce and nibble, beating Rohit with pace, movement and bounce.

Rohit tucks a single off his hip and Wood also beats Shikhar on the outside edge with one that left the left-hander like an off-break.

Good start from Wood who is not a new-ball bowler for England. 

India  Rohit Sharma,  Shikhar Dhawan,  Virat Kohli (capt),  Shreyas Iyer,  KL Rahul (wk), Hardik Pandya,  Krunal Pandya,  Shardul Thakur,  Bhuvneshwar Kumar,  Kuldeep Yadav,  Prasidh Krishna.

England  Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Eoin Morgan (capt), Jos Buttler (wk), Sam Billings, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood. 

And stay in their comfort zone by choosing to put India in. 

And welcome to live coverage of the first of three ODIs from Pune featuring England’s World Cup winners and beaten semi-finalists and No2-ranked team, India.

I say World Cup winners bit three of  their victorious bowlers from the team who turned it around with two group matches to go – Liam Plunkett, Jofra Archer and Chris Woakes – are not here and neither is their best batsman from that tournament, Joe Root. 

England and India seem to be using this match as a way to assess candidates for the T20 World Cup rather than casting their gaze on the 2023 50-over competition which returns to India after only a 12-year gap.

Those empty stadiums in the Caribbean in 2007 for some group games and the state of the South African economy seem to mean the big three are the only viable hosts these days. 

Virat Kohli, as is his wont, ruffled the DRS feathers yesterday with his comments about soft signals and his whole behaviour towards umpires which has gone from Sir Alex Ferguson to Neil Warnock during this England tour. 

As Nick Hoult reports:  Kohli hinted that he thought England did not act in the ‘spirit of the game’ with their celebrations after Dawid Malan took a catch in the deep off Suryakumar Yadav.

Kohli believes England celebrating the wicket influenced the umpire, Nitin Menon, who was not close to the incident, to signal it was out when he referred the catch to the third umpire for confirmation.

The third umpire upheld the catch as clean saying there was not enough evidence to overturn the on field decision.

Kohli said:

Kohli also believes the umpire’s call has too much power in deciding decisions, and although he stopped short of saying it should be dropped from the decision review system, he believes it is time for the protocols to be looked at by the International Cricket Council.

I think there are two points here – the reason he played without DRS for a long time was because India refused to sanction it when every other international side did.

Umpire’s call was partly introduced to help convince India that the system was not black and white, given they did not trust the technology.  But I think he’s right, there will come a time when umpire’s call has to go.

All it would take is for everyone to agree that the technology is reliable and that should the ball be capable of dislodging the bails for lbw referrals, it should be given OUT. 

The soft signal for disputed catches is a whole different kettle of fish.

We know about foreshortening and the illusion created by the zoom lens in those cases.

We know the fielder himself is not always 100 per cent sure and the umpire at the non-striker’s, particularly for slip catches, has the best view.

I can sympathise with the view that square leg should not be signalling fair catch when it’s 50m away, but unless one wants all Malan-style catches to be overturned by the natural application of the zoom/foreshortening – and I think it was clean – I don’t know what the solution is.

You can read more of Kohli’s comments here.  

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