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

England failed to capitalise on strong positions with bat and ball as they fell to defeat by 66 runs in the first ODI against India




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Krunal Pandya performed impressively on his India ODI debut against England

ngland failed to capitalise on strong positions with bat and ball as they fell to defeat by 66 runs in the first ODI against India.

First, England allowed India to recover from 203 for five to 317 in the final 10 overs, with KL Rahul and Krunal Pandya producing some stunning hitting.

More grievously, England collapsed from 135 without loss after just 14 overs to 251 all out.

Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow continued to build on their remarkable ODI record together but, when their opening partnership was broken, England collapsed in a heap.

A pair of debutants were central to India’s win.

Following the arrivals of the likes of Washington Sundar, Axar Patel and Suryakumar Yadav across different formats in recent months, Krunal (58 not out from 31 balls, 1-59) and Prasidh Krishna (4-54) settled immediately at ODI level.

India are not easily beaten.

Rahul and Pandya had saved India from a collapse of their own.

Shikhar Dhawan put on 64 with Rohit Sharma, then 105 with Virat Kohli.

But Kohli fell to Mark Wood as India looked to accelerate, and three more quick wickets – including Dhawan for 98 – followed.

Rahul and Pandya’s assault, which saw them smash 11 fours and six sixes, knocked England’s death bowlers off their length.

The pair put on 112 in just 61 deliveries to transform the complexion of the match.

Nevertheless, as Roy and Bairstow raged away in fashion reminiscent to the build-up to the 2019 World Cup, it appeared England might chase 318 down with time to spare.

This was their 12th stand of more than 100 in 42 ODI innings opening together.

Bairstow was in particularly brutal form, taking Krishna’s third over for 22 and taking on Kuldeep Yadav’s wrist-spin.

Krishna fought back brilliantly, though.

He returned for his second spell and had Roy caught at point for 46 – his highest score since the World Cup – and England’s new No3 Ben Stokes – who had earlier taken three for 34 – caught at cover in his next over.

Next ball, Eoin Morgan was dropped at slip by Kohli.

A few overs later, Bairstow took on Shardul Thakur – chasing an eighth six that would have taken him to his century – and was caught on the fence.

In his next over, Thakur dismissed Morgan and Jos Buttler to leave England on the ropes.

Sam Billings – who, like Morgan, had overcome a fielding injury to bat – and Moeen Ali rebuilt, putting on a steady 41.

But Prasidh returned to pick up Billings, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar gutted the lower order, starting with Moeen.

India had fought back once more in a game that had ebbed and flowed.

With two matches remaining in the series, the world champions have no margin for error.


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

As Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow smote 135 in a little over an hour's scintillating hitting, England's chase of 318 shaped up to be a breeze


As Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow smote 135 in a little over an hour’s scintillating hitting, England’s chase of 318 shaped up to be a breeze.

Indeed it was – only for India, as the pulsating opening stand gave way to England losing all ten wickets for only 116 runs. 

And so, as in Aesop’s Fables, the tortoise defeated the hare.

While Roy and Bairstow added a rollicking 135 from only 14.2 overs, India had needed all of 28 overs to reach the same total.

But while the belligerence of Roy and Bairstow – whose brutal straight drives yielded 22 in a single over from the debutant Prasidh Krishna – was the antithesis of India’s openers, the difference in what followed was even more striking.

Where India gave themselves a base to add 112 in the last ten overs, powered by Krunal Pandya’s effervescent debut innings, by this point in their own innings England were almost done. 

During their long years of ODI ineptitude, England were often accused of being one-paced.

In a completely different way, the same seemed true in Pune.

A cocktail of a required rate that had fallen to well under a run a ball, India’s comparatively weak bowling attack – with Hardik Pandya seemingly unable to bowl – and the dew all lent themselves to England adopting a low-risk approach in the middle overs.

Instead, as Ben Stokes and Sam Billings chipped tamely to the covers, Bairstow picked out midwicket and Eoin Morgan top-edged a pull, England succumbed to the same inflexibility that almost derailed their World Cup campaign.

Ordinarily, it is a situation that would be tailor-made for Joe Root, the batting order’s designated driver.

But with Root understandably resting at home, the middle order struggled to replicate his breezy accumulation.

The shame is that, as late as Sam Curran’s dismissal – the eighth wicket, at the start of the 39th over – England only needed a smidgeon over six an over.

Seldom is a chasing side as unperturbed by the asking rate beaten so compressively as England’s 66-run margin of defeat. 

The magnitude of the change in culture, and results, in England’s limited-overs cricket since 2015 makes any criticism of their batting approach seem churlish.

But for such an experienced line-up – of the top seven only Billings, who turns 30 this summer, has fewer than 80 ODI caps – the manner of defeat was tame.

If Morgan was predictably defiant upon the wisdom of England’s approach – “This is the way we play and this is the way we will continue to play,” he declared – a more clinical middle order would have authored a very different outcome. 

The Indian method is to make haste slowly: eschew risk for as long as possible, manoeuvring themselves into a position of control – here provided by Shikhar Dhawan’s 98 and Virat Kohli’s 56 – before the final flourish.

If England’s method is by a distance the more buccaneering, at times it would be enhanced by a little more of India’s more traditional, calculating approach.

That will certainly be the case when India host the 2023 ODI World Cup; in between the pyrotechnics, the pitches will demand batsmen with defensive fortitude and nous against spin. 

In truth this Pune wicket was rather kinder, amplifying the frustrations at England’s batting.

With India’s leading spinners either rested, unfit or unavailable – Krunal and Kuldeep Yadav, pulverised by Bairstow for erring in length, returned combined figures of 1-127 from 19 overs – the chase hinged on how England played India’s seamers.

While Bairstow played with a swagger befitting probably England’s best-ever ODI opener – after playing Bhuvneshwar Kumar with the diligence his new-ball spell deserved, he advanced from six to 94 in just 48 balls – the batsmen who followed were stymied by India’s intelligent use of cutters.

Krishna responded to his mauling to take four wickets; Shardul Thakur snared Morgan and Buttler, lbw to a delivery that jagged back, within four balls; and Kumar was parsimonious and probing with the new and old ball alike. 

It amounted to yet another showcase of India’s depth; only Kumar would make their first-choice ODI attack.

Virat Kohli hailed it as one of his most satisfying ODI victories.

While Dhawan made 98, Kohli could particularly thank Krunal.

After receiving his ODI cap from his older brother Hardik, Krunal waltzed to a 26-ball half-century, the fastest ever on debut; in an emotional interview, he paid tribute to his father, who died a month ago. 

In a sense England’s end-of-innings struggles with the ball were of little surprise, given the absence of both the injured Jofra Archer and the rested Chris Woakes, their first choice ODI quicks.

As in T20 cricket, Wood is less-suited to the death than bowling earlier; his final two overs leaked 34 to Krunal and KL Rahul. 

The upshot was that England’s poor recent ODI record continued: since lifting the World Cup they have won four ODIs while losing five and have won just three of their seven games in the ODI Super League, which determines automatic World Cup qualification.

Amid all their other challenges, England have only 28 ODIs scheduled before the 2023 World Cup.

Given their priorities in the meantime, their World Cup defence will test every iota of English cricket’s depth. 

Sorry, we are having terrible tech problems today which mirror rather too accurately England’s run chase! 

WICKET! Tom Curran c Kumar b Prasidh Krishna 11 Tom went for the big shot, caught in the deep, but the situation was hopeless before then anyway.

India roared back in this after a brilliant knock from Bairstow and they take the lead 1-0.

I think we better just get a match report up while the going is good! *clears throat*

India have beaten England by 66 runs in the first one-day international at Pune to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

The hosts took their time batting first but then accelerated late on as KL Rahul and Krunal Pandya put on an unbroken 112* off just 61 balls.

They posted 317/5 off their 50.

Krunal, making his debut, is the older brother of Hardik Pandya and gave an emotional interview after his knock, which he dedicated to their dad, who died in January.

England got off to a hot start in reply with Jason Roy and, especially, Jonny Bairstow smashing the ball hither and yon.

At 135/0 in the 15th over it looked like England would cruise home.

But when Roy fell, Bairstow became becalmed and could not get on strike.

England’s middle order came and went, with Moeen Ali’s 30 the only contribution of note.

When he fell to leave England 237/7 the match was all-but over.

The seamer Prasidh Krishna, also on debut, finished with four.

So England need 75, their last pair at the crease and I’d say this is Bob Hope territory now…

Adil’s nicked off, Bhuvi was too good for him here and England are on the brink.

FOW 243/9

Krunal Pandya completes his set, he’s done really well to get through his ten, one over for 59.

Good comeback after a tough start, a wicket to go with a swashbuckling fifty and he’s going to be a charismatic addition to the ODI scene I am quite sure.

Sam C comes down the pitch, it’s not really there for the shot, he goes for it nevertheless and scoops a catch.


The Curran Bros.

in harness.

Two runs and a wicket off the Bhuvi over.

He’s got him! Nicked off! FOW 

Krunal with a full ball but that is a lovely drive down the ground from Mo.

Kohli plays his trump card. Bhuvneshwar.

Curran with a good pull for four.

He’s not been the most convincing against the short ball in his career so far but no complaints there.

It’s the other debutant at the other end of course. Prasidh also doing a fine job.

Had a tough start against Bairstow but came back well in his second spell and now in his third, going nicely.

Three runs off this over, which also features a decent bouncer at Mooen.

England now need more than a run a ball.

Krunal Pandya is having a really good debut.

He played a brisk and vital knock with the bat, and now he’s keeping England pinned down with the ball.

Two off this over.

0-16 in this five over spell.

I would say England very much second favourites now.

With the Roy and Bairstow first wicket partnership, the match was England’s to lose, and I think that is exactly what they are doing.

Five off this over.

A quick single in it would have left Moeen run out by a street had the throw hit.

Oh no Sam Billings! Not sure if the shoulder injury may have played a part there, but he’s produced a strange, neither-here-nor-there sort of drive at the off-side.

Was he trying to loft it, was he trying to chip it, was he trying to drive it? It was none of the above in the end, and he sort of patted it pleasantly to Virat, who makes no mistake on this occasion.

FOW 217/6

After a drinks break, we are back at it as a Krunal over goes for four runs.

That’s another decent over for England, feels like Mo and Sam are settling and looking to have a say of their own.

Mo slog sweeps for four.  And now he nails a similar shot for six! No more attractive hitter than dear old Moeen in the game.

Those two blows will certainly give England heart.

Good commentary from Dinesh Karthik as he says that the stump mike picked up the Indian guys saying (in Hindi) that the ball is getting dewy so try and stop it from getting wet.

This means that it should only get harder to bowl.

England should be looking to take this game deep, keep it simple and pick off the runs.

For India, I think they need to attack now.

Or continue attacking.

Four off this Krunal over.

Stokes, Morgan and Buttler managed 25 runs between them off 45 balls.

England’s quality engine room needs a bit of oil….

This is a better over for England.

Kuldeep drops short, Billings pulls for four.

Eight off the over.

Krunal with a tidy two run over.

Neither Moeen nor Sam taking anything on as yet.

Thakur, taking the pace off, using his bumper, going through the variations keeps England pinned down with a four-run over.

After 14 overs, England were 131/0, with Bairstow on 81 off 50.

Once his pal Roy went, YJB had a hard time getting on strike.

He only faced 16 more balls in the next 9 overs before getting out, and there’s been little or nothing from anyone else.

England need to keep in mind that the run rate is hardly a problem.

They’ve just got to bat the overs and they’ll win.

Krunal Pandya was the unwilling recipient of some pongo in his spell earlier but there are just five of this over as he comes back.

Two wickets in an over, and that brings Moeen in.

He fishes at his first ball.

As Nasser says, "Billings and Moeen have been carrying drinks all round Asia." They have not had much time in the middle, to say the least.

England have a job on now.

He’s gone! Jos plays across the line, the ball is angled in.

Hits him high-ish and legside-ish…

Buttler reviews quickly but it has been given out on the field and I don’t fancy his chances much here.

And thus it proves.

He is gone! FOW 176/5

That’s not a pretty sight from Eoin.

Short ball from Thakur, Eoin has a pull at it but manages only a wee edge behind.

Short, outside off, flappy flap, regulation catch.

FOW 175/4

It’s anybody’s game now.

Billings, shoulder injury and all, comes in.

After him will be Moeen.

Those guys have barely had any cricket recently.

Surely knowing that this is the key partnership and the key moment, Kohli makes his move.

England’s two classiest batsmen, the run rate very gettable if England keep wickets in hand: Virat brings back Bhuvi K.

Rightly so, I think: he’s got to take wickets now rather than later if this fightback is not to peter out.

It is a typically quality over from B Kumar.

Morgan trying to give him the charge but he cannot find a gap.

Thakur doing a job in this spell.

Two runs off that over.

Took the wicket and then kept it tight.

It is a funny old game, Saint, is it not? A funny old game.

Bairstow was absolutely battering India earlier, but then he got off strike, couldn’t get back on it, lost a couple of partners and has hardly had a a hit.

He’s pulled a rather nondescript delivery from Thakur straight down the throat of the man at deep midwicket, Kuldeep as it happens.

Regulation catch and YJB is left only with what might have been…

FOW 169/3

Bit of a settling over from Kuldeep Yadav, only four off it, but he’s some way short of his best.

Shardul Thakur to Morgan.

Attractive shot from Eoin as he caresses the ball through the covers for four.

That juicy main dish comes with a side order of four singles.


Here’s Morgan! He’s battered that for six, it was a filthy full toss and deserved what it got.

Baristow back in the runs here as he sweeps for four. 

England absolutely miles ahead in the game – India were 83/1 at this stage.

Just goes to show what a good late run they made with Krunal Pandya and KL Rahul.

Even still, England will be gutted if they don’t win it from here.

Prasidh bowling, looks like he is enjoying his work and putting it there with some gusto.

Five of this over, he has three overs one maiden two wickets for nine in his second spell and the man on debut is largely responsible for dragging his team back into this.


The momentum has shifted.

Bairstow was going like a train, looking absolutely unbeatable there.

But then Stokes took up 11 balls without doing much, and now Morgan has scored one off 8 balls.

And Jonny has hardly faced a ball in the last 20 minutes.

Three off the  Kuldeep Yadav over.

Morgan fails to pick his googler.

First ball! Morgan tries to dab it to third man and edges it to Kohli! Virat dives to his left, it’s a decent height for a catch, he grabs it, but then it pops out as his elbows hit the deck.

Kohli has the presence of mind to shy at the stumps from the ground and misses – Morgan was a mile out of his ground doing god knows what.

All happening there!

brings Eoin Morgan to the crease.

He’s not moved himself down the order, despite that injury to his finger webbing.

Kohli moves himself to slip…

Another wicket, another sub fielder with a catch, and Prasidh Krishna has his second! Stokes advances at an off-cutter and has managed only just to chip it to the fielder at mid off.

A simple chance and the debutant has two-fer.

FOW 137/2

The platform built by YJB and Roy had allowed the men coming in after them the luxury of having a look for a few balls, and that is exactly what Stokes does.

He’s got one run now from 9 balls..

Tidy over from Kuldeep, albeit that Stokes ‘allowed’ him to bowl there.

Drinks after that wicket as well.

Tyers here, back from a technical snafu.

Honestly Rob Bagchi, I leave it for TWO MINUTES etc etc.

Roy was slipstreaming Bairstow but had also started to ping a few of his own.

Stokes comes in and faces four dot balls.

Jason tries to drive, the bat sort of screws in his hand and that’s a juggling low catch at backward point by the sub fielder.

Lucky for the sub Suryakumar Yadav that he managed to hold on, I reckon Virat might have popped! FOW 135/1

Alana has suffered a technical malfunction.

Gremlins in EC1.

Bagchi here to let you know that England’s openers are taking the debutant to the cleaners, Bairstow dancing down to launch Krunal over deep midwicket for six, followed by a slog sweep for another.

Next over Bairstow clears his front leg to launch Kuldeep into cow corner for anorther.

Bairstow has 80 off 51. 

Well this bowling change hasn’t worked! Kuldeep drops short, Bairstow batters that for four with the slog sweep and then mullers another one for six to the leg side.  Bairstow breezes past fifty, England are into three figures, and India are going to lose those by miles unless they can break this partnership pronto.

Roy whacks Krunal through the covers, there is a guy out there but Jason hit that so hard he might as well have not been.

That being said, there’s only one further run off the over.

India badly need one, and Virat turns to Kuldeep Yadav for the next over.

This pair, my goodness.

I still can hardly believe they are English sometimes! They are so dominant, so powerful, they run everything aggressively.

Here’s YJB picking it up and sweeping for six, and now Bairstow with all of the bat face, pings it back down the ground.

Now Jason Roy is at it as well! Krunal Pandya comes on with his slow left armers.

Roy pulls him, doesn’t entirely get all of that but enough to just about get it over mid on.

But now he pings a sweep for four and then launches the shot of the innings so far, a delicious languid swing of the arms to send the ball down the ground for six.

High altitude here, thin air and that one just flew.

16 runs off this over and England are also flying.

England with some cracking shots in this over.

And some Indian guys putting their bodies on the line.

Hardik Pandya with a good diving stop.

And now Shreyas Iyer with a magnificent diving stop but he has done himself a really nasty looking injury in the process.

He lands on his left shoulder and that looks agonising.

Oooh poor guy.

He is being helped off the field.

Billings also got a shoulder injury.

Morgan split the webbing of his hand – and Rohit wore one when he was batting.

Both sides really showing their commitment.

Lancashire fans will be paying attention here – Shreyas Iyer recently signed for them for the Royal London one day Cup…

Bairstow looks to be enjoying Thakur.

Cracking shot through point for four and some twos to go with it.

Ten off the over.

Virat must be wishing he could clone Bhuvi….

Bhuvneshwar to Roy, and it is honours even.

Attractive square drive gives Jason four, but Bhuvi ties him down with some dots.

Bairstow will be on strike for the start of the next over and/so Kohli changes his bowlers. Shardul Thakur is coming on.

Welcome to the big show, Prasidh Krishna.

Bairstow has got after him in this over.

Two length balls, not terrible deliveries but in the slot and at a brisk rather than troubling pace.

Bang, bang.

Six, six.

Two fine shots over long on.

And now, a floaty one outside off and Bairstow slots that away through the covers.

Now JB pushes into the offside, Hardik has a go at the stumps, hits and then ricochets for an overthrow! 22 off the over and NOW England are sucking on diesel. 

A chastening introduction to ODI cricket for Prasidh Krishna, whose three overs have gone for 37.

Bhuvneshwar to Bairstow, shot to midwicket, but uppish.

BK bowling some real quality here.

He’s offering nothing and I think England will have to get after the debutant at the other end.

Roy gets England’s party started with a crunchy straight drive, batters a pull next ball as well.

Two fours.

There was a little bit of spice between Krunal Pandya and Tom Curran, among others at the end of the Indian dig and one or two early signs here that we could be in for an intense time of it.

Virat and Hardik Pandya especially look like they are feeling it!

Classy over this from B Kumar.

Nothing to get involved with.

Doing a bit with the ball.

Prasidh Krishna will open from the other end.

He is right arm seamer and he’s making his debut here.

He’s a tall lad with a high action, he’s 25 and he’s from Bangalore.  Getting it through at 140kmh.

He hits Bairstow on the thigh pad here, there’s a big shout.

LBW would have been too high, I wonder if India though that the thigh pad flick might have been a nick through the keeper.

In any event, Virat is not reviewing.

Wild one goes for five wides but other than that, England are yet to get away.

Textbook seam position from Bhuvneshwar, lovely proud upright seam and there’s a wee suggestion of away swing.

There’s a leg bye and now B Kumar swings one appreciably back into Bairstow.

Bairstow is batting out of his ground and trying to negate that swing.

Shovels the last ball away off the pads for a single.

and here comes Bhuvi.

Couple of slips.

Should be a good battle this.

The players are ready, there is a stiff breeze.

Tyers here, thanks for joining us.

It’s the interval in Pune, where India have posted a formidable 317/5 and we will get to England’s reply shortly.


England fought back superbly in the middle overs but fell apart at the death.

Credit to the batsmen, Rahul playing his way back into form and Krunal smashing it on debut.

It’s a good score but England’s strongest line-up would fancy themselves to chase it successfully. 

Krunal Pandya is very emotional afterwards when interviewed and mentions his late father, who died in January.

Too emotional to speak. 

Alan Tyers will be your guide for the chase. 

England were on top until the end if the 43rd over but have lost control now.

Krunal brings up the century partnership off 52 balls with a pull for four.

Krunal inside-edges a yorker for a single to fine leg, Rahul wears a nip-backer but jogs a leg-bye.

Third umpire checks for a run out at the non-striker’s when Krunal is surprised by Sam Curran’s throw and Rahul sends him back. 

Rahuld drives two through cover and finishes the innings with a brave ramp over his shoulder and fine leg for four.

Get that wrong off Wood and it’s dental not mental disintegration. 

Twenty-six ball fifty for Krunal Pandya on debut with a single to deep square leg.

Actually he’s the elder brother.


It’s the fastest India fifty on ODI debut. 

Tom Curran does well to keep them to four singles off the first four balls – Rahul brings up his own restorative fifty with a cover drive for one.

Fifty off 39 for him. 

A bouncer is called wide, disputably I would say, the slower ball trampolining above Krunal’s attempted pull.

After all that diligence from Curran he serves up one in the slot that was meant to be a yorker and Rahul flogs it over long on for six.  

The umpires intervene to stop some blethering. 

Mark Wood has two overs left, opens with one in the slot and KL lofts a towering six over midwicket.

Wood went for the cross-seamer and overpitched horribly.

Raul dabs a single down to third man, Krunal  Pandya, who has been at the party all of his innings, now strides on to the dancefloor.

He murders four off the back foot throough cover when Wood comes round the wicket then uppercuts for a steepling six. 

Wood, frustrated, goes for the bouncer but overdoes the angle and it is called wide.

Krunal Pandya moves to 49 off 25 balls with a single on the pull. 

Costly over – 21 off it.  

Update on @SamBillings

Bilbo has sprained his collar bone joint but this is not related to his previous shoulder injury 🙏

He’s receiving treatment and we are hopeful he will be able to bat later 🤞

England announce: ‘Eoin has split the webbing between his right thumb and index finger.

He has had four stitches inserted by the England team doctor.

He expects to be able to bat.

Krunal looks a fine player – have only seen him excel in T20 cricket but he looks just as good with fewer fielding restrictions.

With a full swing of the bat he picks the ball off a fourth-stump line and cracks it over midwicket for a 90m six.

Curran sees him coming next ball and bangs it in.

The debutant adjusts to swat a pull for a single.

Rahul pulls off the back foot for one more and Krunal picks up the leg-side full toss, a yorker that didn’t land, and slaps it fine for two.

Would have been four but for Reece Topley’s good hands. 

Buttler continues with Rashid.

Can’t be about over-rate, which is terrible, because there have been two big injuries – to Rohit who needed four bouts of treatment and to Billings.

Krunal whips a single, Rahul sweeps over short fine leg for four and, boundary found, they are happy to work three singles and a two, each of them through midwicket. 

Must have been a hunch from Bairstow because he had enough overs from Tom Curran, Ben Stokes and Mark Wood up his sleeve.

It didn’t work and he turns to Curran. 

Rahul eases a single down to long on, Krunal pulls for one more and Rahul does the same, a bit more uppishly. 

Curran goes fuller to Krunal who plays a T20 stroke, withdrawing his left leg and lamping it over mid on, who is up, for a two-bounce four.

Rahul helps himself to another with a stylish cover drive which suggests a flowering of his form after the long winter. 

Jos Buttler, vice-captain, turns to Rashid.

They take a couple of singles then Rahul  takes a step out to the legside and arcs a towering six  off an open face over extra-cover for six.

The security guards can’t find the ball in the empty stands for a couple of minutes. 

Rashid fires a wide down the legside with the freshly sanitised ball then another.

Is it still wet? 

Rahul clips two through midwicket off the back foot, then shovels a single through long-on. 

India losing the plot, England showing why they are the no.1 ranked team in ODIs


Sam Billings did not dislocate his shoulder and may be able to bat.

Rahul carves a cut for a single and Krunal unwraps the cover drive to lace a four,  bisecting extra and mid-off. 

Unusual that good length deliveries at this stage are so effective at capping the strike rate. 

Sam Curran will bowl out.

Krunal works a couple into the infield for no run then goes up on to his toes to swivel and smash fours off successive short balls.

Seems as if they think he’s susceptible to the short ball.

He may well be but not at Sam’s pace on this pitch.

Krunal ends the over by whipping four off his ankles as Curran pushes the last ball fuller but far too straight. 

Sam Curran finished with 10-1-48-0. 

Stokes starts with two dot balls to Hardik Pandya, the second of which is absolutely larruped at extra cover.

Morgan stops it but at what cost.

It draws blood and Morgan seems to have split the webbing on his right hand.

The brothers pass each other when Stokes winkles Hardik out.

The left-handed Krunal pulls a bouncer for a single.

England could be forced to chase without two of their top six with Billings and Morgan injured.

Good job they picked Moeen. 

Stokes has been superb – 7-1-27-3.         

Pandya c Bairstow b Stokes 1 Eoin Morgan has left the field with a bleeding hand but that wicket was down to his nous of posting a slip to India’s danger man this deep in the innings.

England have turned the screw brilliantly.

Pandya tried to chop the ball down to third man to get off strike after two dot balls and steered it straight at Bairstow’s midriff.  FOW 205/5

Sam Curran carries on where he left off, round the wicket and taking pace off then ramping back up.

Three dot balls are all in his credit column but he errs on the shirt side once and Rahul marmalises it over midicket for six!. 

Hardik Pandya enters, with his younger brother to follow.

Morgan calls up Bairstow to slip and Stokes is giving him nothing, hitting the pitch hard and using cutters to rack up five dot balls to give him a wicket maiden.

Stokes has 6-1-26-2.

This is the problem with India’s old-fashioned strategy – they’ve got stuck after playing softly, softly at the start.

Wickets kill that strategy stone dead.

They;ve lost three for 28 over the last seven overs.

Time to get a move on. 

Dhawan c Morgan b Stokes 98  Oh dear, he got stuck at the end but it shouldn’t detract from a fine innings.  Stokes tempted him with a short one that he pulled hard to midwicket where Morgan took a smart/smarting catch.  FOW 197/4

Dhawan moves a run closer with a pull off Sam Curran for a single.

The left-armer comes round the wicket to Rahul and tucks him up with three dot balls.

Make that five as he ends the over with one Rahul lets go followed by one that arrows into his ribcage.

Just the single off the over. 

England have reined India in here. 

Ben Stokes replaces his Durham colleague.

He opts for a good length on off and outside, keeping it tight and restricting India to three singles, one of Dhawan’s two when he flicks the attempted yorker off the toe of his bat through square leg.

Stokes throws his hands up and groans.

The bowler is well backed up by his infield. 


Sam Curran returns for his brother – this is where it gets tricky.

Morgan will always back Rashid to bowl in these circumstances but it would do Moeen the world of good too to have a good bowl. 

Curran tempts Rahul with a one-two slower ball, quick bouncer combo.

Talk about taking the pace off, it was barely 60mph.

He then followed that one with a bumper at 82mph that Rahul chases and chops just wide of the diving Buttler.

Would have been a chance to slip but he may not have played that stroke if slip had been in place. 

Wood is back for an eighth over, bounces Iyer who sees that England have posted a gully for his cut stroke and Raina-esque flappability against the short ball so pulls it instead for four.

Wood gets his man with a fuller delivery, perhaps surprising him with bounce. 

Wood’s figures are 8-1-42-2. 

Iyer c sub (Livingstone) b Wood 6 Mistimes his drive s badly his bottom hand comes off the bat and he slices it to the cover sweeper.

Livingstone sprints in and takes a good catch sliding on his knees.  FOW 187/3

England appeal for a strangle off Tom Curran when Iyer flaps at a short ball but it climbed above the bat.

He is much better on the front foot, working a single off middle and off through square leg.

Dhawan moves to within one blow of an 18th ODI hundred with a crunching square cut for four off Curran’s off-cutter that sat up begging. 

Holding his left arm tight by his side.

Liam Livingstone comes on as a substitute fielder. 

That’s the breakthrough England had been desperate for in the drinks huddle.

Good to see the broad smile on Moeen’s face.

Iyer gets off the mark with a jabby-dab to third man for one.

Dhawan is brilliant at cutting, pulling and sweeping.

Here he gleans four with a short-arm pull and four more when walking across outside off, Sam Billings who tried to drag it back is down injured and may have popped his left shoulder out.


There’s going to be another lengthy delay. 

Kohli c Moeen b Wood 56 Plays that unique wristy flick off middle stump but succeeds only in spearing it down Moeen’s throat running to his right on the midwicket boundary.  Some amends there, for Moeen.  FOW 169/2

Morgan takes off both spinners and brings back Tom Curran who stems the flow of boundaries and goes for five singles. 

Morgan turns to Wood in search of a wicket.

This was fertile territory for Plunkett and no one else.

At least it forces Kohli out of his cap. 

At 90 mph he test Kohli’s reflexes who is hurried into defensives before steering a single down to third man.

Dhawan plays another dreamy cover drive for four.

They way they’re batting here with Rahul and Pandya to come, they should be targeting 350 at least. 

That’s the hundred partnership and drinks. 

Fifty runs off 50 balls for Virat Kohli, brought up with a drive off Rashid’s googly for a single.

They work a single apiece into the onside then Dhawan sweeps hard in front of square for four.

He absolutely belted that, made the sound of  a one-punch KO. 

The partnership is 95. 

Looked like the sun was in the eyes of Moeen Ali with that catch.




Kohli drives four through Stokes at mid-off.

It hit his hands and deflected for four.

It never rains for Moeen – Dhawan takes him to the cleaners, retreating to leg then lofting it over extar-cover for six, then collaring a dart into the pads and working it fine  for four past long leg.

England are taking a pasting here. 

Oh dear – Adil Rashid drops short, Dhawan slaps a nonchalant pull to deep midwicket and Moeen runs 15 yards to his right and shells a sitter.

Rashid gives his best mate a grimace.  

Given the two batsmen he is bowling to, the road of a pitch and the fact they’re well set, Moeen can consider five singles a minor triumph. 

India reach halfway with 320 firmly in their sights.

They’re milking the spinners’ good balls for singles and slapping a boundary an over, this time Kohli, hanging deep in his crease, gorges on Rashid’s shorter ball, cuffing it through midwicket for four. 

Moeen, comes into the attack.

He turns it from the start.

Kohli slashes a single off the back foot in front of point, Dhawan works two off his pads through fine leg then drives a single on the charge.

Kohli, batting in his cap, ends the over imperiously off a wide dart, smearing it square past cover for four. 

Dhawan brings up his half-century with a slog sweep for six, survives the review and slices a drive down to the cover sweeper for a single.

Kohli leans outside off and, all bottom hand, thrashes a drive past the diving bowler and mid-on for four.

Lovely stroke. 

Saved by umpire’s call as the ball would have clipped the top of leg stump as Dhawan dropped to sweep. 

Dhawan lbw b Rashid  Too high? 

Stokes begins with a pie that Kohli pulls hard through midwicket for four but then racks up five dot balls with discipline and skill, moving it both ways and keeping Kohli unable to free his arms and find the middle of the bat.  

Kohli cuts the wrong ‘un and the turn into him means it goes finer, racing down to third man for two.

Rashid’s second googly of the over is a touch too short and Kohli whips it from outside off through mid-on for a single.

All wrists rather than biceps. 

Ben Stokes has a surprisingly good record with the ball against Virat Kohli.

From 85 balls, Kohli's scored 80 runs but been dismissed 3 times – an average of 26.66.



Stokes returns and serves up a floaty full one to Kohli.

Not wise.

Kohli climbs into it and laces it through extra-cover for four.

Not sure what England’s policy is here.

Is it to spread 20 overs between Moeen, Stokes and Sam Curran, presuming they’ll use Tom Curran and his Dernbachian repertoire at the death. 

Big shout from Rashid when Dhawan tries to sweep and is struck on the right knee but the umpire believes it pitched outside leg.

Replays suggest it would have been umpire’s call.

Dhawan sweeps successfully for a single, Kohli taps the leg-break with the turn through point. 

Tom Curran deserves credit for keeping them down to three singles.

He has always been a great competitor with good heart and a feisty disposition.

It’s half the battle when establishing yourself in white-ball cricekt, 

Eoin Morgan turns to his best bowler, Adil Rashid and he puts the brakes on with good pace and his repertoire of googlies and good length leg-breaks.

Two singles, Dhawan’s from tickling a leg-break off his pads for a single, Kohli’s worked through square leg. 

Kohli strides towards Tom Curran and works the ball fine off his ankle for two but Curran fights back well with three dot balls, keeping his line tight to off and fourth stump.

Kohli spots it when Curran goes wider on the crease and uses the angle to slice a single down to third man.

Dhawan tucks one off his hip to fine leg.  


Kohli gets off the mark with an elongated defensive push to the cover sweeper for a single, Dhawan drives uppishly square for a single and Kohli adds another with a sweet dab down to third man. 

Dhawan ends the over with a glorious pick-up off his toes, chipping it over square leg for four. 

Rohit c Buttler b Stokes 28  Golden arm does it again with a piece of loose, short filth outside off.

Rohit shapes to cut, misjudges the bounce and top-edges through to the keeper.  FOW 64/1

Dhawan opens the face to run a single down to third man, Rohit has lined up Tom Curran and charges him, outrageously pulling hard on the front foot over midwicket. 

Ben Stokes, with his russet curtains, bowls a legside bouncer to Dhawan who swivels and chastises it fine for four with a wristy pull.

Shikhar keeps using his feet to the seamers and adjusts when they see him coming, this time whipping two off his pads to fine leg. 

That’ll be drinks. 

To England’s credit they are fielding superbly, the pitch is a belter and no pair of openers has scored more in ODIs since the 2015 World Cup.

Curran Major draws the edge from Dhawan but the ball flies through vacant second/third slip  for a single. 

Sam Curran sees Dhawan striding on to the dancefloor, bangs it in and watches the bail sail over his head.

Good idea and worth the sanction of a wide.

Dhawan picks up two singles and a two square of the wicket, Rohit takes two singles with a chop and a glide both to third man. 

Perfect foundations for India’s stellar middle order to build towards 350, one fears. 

11 overs in an hour …

One day cricket …

!!!!! I have decided it’s not me getting old it’s the game that needs to bloody hurry up …



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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