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India fight back with both bat and ball to crush England in first ODI

An emotional Krunal Pandya slammed an aggressive half century in international debut and another first timer Prasidh Krishan also picked up four wickets as India cancelled out a solid start from England openers to win the first ODI by 66 runs.

Krunal, the elder brother of Hardik Pandya who has already cemented his place in the Indian side since his debut in 2016, bailed out his team from 205-5 taking them to an imposing 317-5.

The unslaught from openers Jonny Bairstow and Jaso Roy early in their chase saw England reach 135 inside 15 overs. However, Krishna took two wickets in two overs to force England struggle as the visitors lost all their 10 wickets for just 116 runs to get folded for 251 in 42.1 overs.

Roy fell first for a 35-ball 46 having hit seven fours and a six in his innings. Krishna returned in the next over to get the prized scalp of Ben Stokes (one).

Bairstow was brutal smashing seven sixes and six boundaries before falling to Shardul Thakur who also sent back England captain Eoin Morgan (22) in consecutive overs. Bairstow fell just six runs short of his 11th century after playing just 66 deliveries.

On his debut Prasidh Krishna returned the figures of 4-54 in 8.1 overs. PHOTO: BCCI

Moeen Ali (30) and Sam Billings (18) resisted for a while with a 41-run sixth wicket stand but by then India had already gained a psychological edge in the game. Krishna took 4-54 from 8.1 overs, while Thakur (3-37) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2-30) shared five wickets between them.

Earlier, Shikhar Dhawan just missed out on his 18th ODI hundred and Krunal’s 112-run stand propelled India to a formidable total. Captain Virat Kohli compiled a sedate 56 while KL Rahul returned to form with an unbeaten 62 as India recovered well from a middle-order collapse.

Ben Stokes picked up 3-34 in his first ODI since his World Cup final heroics and Mark Wood took 2-75. Pandya smashed seven fours and two sixes in his unbeaten 58 off 31 balls and Rahul, who could score only 15 in four Twenty20s against England, hit four fours and four sixes.

Pandya, the Mumbai Indians star in the Indian Premier League, was lost for words when he was called for a virtual session in between the innings. He and Hardik had hugged for a long period as Kurnal cried while earning his first debut cap.

The 112-run unbroken stand between Krunal and Rahul was the turning point of the game.

England seemed to be in control by restricting India to 5-205 in 40 overs, but Pandya and Rahul then cut loose with powerful drives and pull shots. Dhawan, who made 98 off 106 balls, and Kohli also shared a 105-run second-wicket stand before India lost four wickets in the space of 36 runs.

Kohli holed out in the deep and Dhawan, dropped on 16 and 59, was caught at short mid-wicket by Morgan off Stokes.

Dhawan batted for three hours, hitting 11 fours and two sixes, but just when he looked set for a century he offered a tame catch while attempting a pull shot.

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