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Nasser Hussain believes England needed to be "smarter" in their run-chase as they fell to a 66-run defeat to India in the first one-day international
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Nasser Hussain believes England needed to be “smarter” in their run-chase as they fell to a 66-run defeat to India in the first one-day international.
Eoin Morgan’s side raced to 135-0 inside 15 overs in Pune, chasing 318 to win, but were bowled out for 251 as the hosts took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
The collapse brought England’s adventurous approach with the bat into question but Hussain thinks it is a case of showing more of the intelligence that helped them to triumph in the World Cup.
“England will look at themselves – 135-0 in 14 overs and two balls, chasing that score, did they need to be a little bit smarter?” the Sky Sports pundit and former England captain said.
“How much did they miss Joe Root, just to come in and knock it around and before you look at it, Root is often 40 off 50 deliveries and he’s soaked up pressure.
“England have this way of going hard but they showed in the last World Cup, there are times when they can just sit in and be smart – you don’t win a lower-scoring World Cup than people thought without having that capability.
“I just don’t think they were smart enough today, especially Kuldeep [Yadav] was really struggling so they had effectively four and a half bowlers.
They had to force Virat [Kohli] to bowl Hardik Pandya but they kept losing wickets, so Kuldeep could just come on at the end and the game was already lost.”
Hussain expects England to continue with the aggressive style that has brought them so much success in the 50-over format, though, and praised Morgan’s ability to provide his team with a clear message of what he wants from them.
“He is an incredibly smart cookie, Eoin Morgan, when he does post-match interviews – he’s not speaking to us, he’s speaking to his team,” he added.
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“He said, ‘I want my side to go out there with no-fear cricket, this is not how we’re going to play’ and because of that clarity and method, that message was sent to the team and they won a World Cup.
“They were smart.
It wasn’t 450 or 500 like some people said it would be (in the 2019 tournament), they won quite a few low-scoring games.
He’s got a few younger lads in the squad and he’s just letting them know clearly, this is still the method.
“‘Eventually we might tinker, but while you’re here we’re going to continue down this road’.
But at some stage he will realise they should have won this game today by having more nous.”
Watch the second one-day international between India and England, live on Sky Sports Cricket from 7.30am on Friday.
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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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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.
– March 23, 2021
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