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Rohit, Kuldeep help India thrash England in 1st ODI

IANS  |  Nottingham 

A maiden fifer for Kuldeep Yadav (6/25) followed by Rohit Sharma's unbeaten 137-run knock sealed a comfortable eight-wicket victory for in the first match of the three-match One-(ODI) at here on Thursday.

The visitors dominated England, the No. 1 ODI side, in all departments of the game as the men in blue took a 1-0 lead in the series with 59 balls to spare.

It was Kuldeep's magnificent display before which the English batting line-up succumbed and later, Rohit and (75) helped overcome the 269-run target with ease.

Chasing 269 for victory, openers and Rohit started the proceedings cautiously as they took past the 50-run mark in just 6.5 overs when the centurion lofted the ball in the air over mid-off to clean the stands.

Dhawan fell early becoming a victim of in the eighth over leaving India at 59/1.

England's joy was short-lived as incoming batsman Kohli and Rohit denied the hosts to make any further inroads in their batting line-up as they stitched a crucial and massive 167-run partnership for the second wicket as India crossed the 200-run mark.

Meanwhile, Rohit also notched up his 18th ODI century off 82 deliveries as the opener cleared over long-on.

With the visitors inching closer towards victory, came with the second breakthrough for England as Kohli missed a flighted delivery to be stumped in the 33rd over with India's scorecard reading 226/2.

With 33 runs needed, Rohit and KL Rahul (9) helped India reach the target with ease as the men in blue took a 1-0 lead in the series.

Rohit's innings contained 15 fours and four hits into the stands.

Earlier, Kuldeep's heroic effort restricted England at a moderate 268 runs.

Despite a deep batting line-up, the hosts' succumbed before the wrist-spinner, who emerged with his best ODI figures at a batting-friendly wicket.

It was (50) and (53), who showed some resistance against the visiting attack to push their side to a fighting total.

Put into bat, England was off to a decent start as openers (38) and Jonny Bairstow (38) forged a 73-run partnership for the opening wicket before Kuldeep drew the first blood, dismissing the former in the 11th over.

With just eight runs added on England's scorecard, Kuldeep struck again to pack back incoming (3).

The wrist-spinner made worsened England's situation when he sent back opener Bairstow, who was caught before the wicket, leaving the hosts reeling at 82/3.

Eoin Morgan then tried to their inning with before he became a victim of Yuzvendra Chahal in the 20th over leaving the hosts at 105/4.

Stokes and Buttler then forged a 93-run stand to inch England near the 200-run mark before Kuldeep shot another bullet in opposition's line-up. The spinner scalped his fourth victim as he dismissed Buttler with England's scorecard reading 198/5.

As England managed to another 16 runs to their score, Kuldeep gave another jolt to the hosts after sending back Stokes in the 45th over.

There was no stopping for Kuldeep at a batting paradise wicket on Thursday as he pounced his another wicket in the same over when was back to the dressing room after contributing a single run.

Before falling down to Umesh Yadav, and Adil Rashid, chipped in with 24 and 22 runs while respectively while contributed with 10 runs to take their side to a competitive total.

Apart from Kuldeep, Umesh bagged couple of wickets leaking 70 runs from his 9.5 overs.

Brief Scores: England 268 all out in 49.5 overs (53, 50; Kuldeep Yadav 6/25) lose to India 269/2 (108 not out, 75; 1/60)

--IANS

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First Published: Fri, July 13 2018. 00:40 IST
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