Kuldeep Yadav's mesmerizing bowling and Rohit Sharma's spectacular century together have led India to an eight wicket victory in the first ODI in Nottingham against England on Thursday. Put to bat, England's innings was finished for 268 in 49.5 overs. Kuldeep Yadav's 6 for 25 helped India to bundle out England for a lower score despite a batting pitch.
Chasing the score, India reached the winning target in only 40.1 overs at the expense of two wickets. For India, Rohit's 137 not out has helped to grab a rather easy victory. Captain Virat Kohli complemented Rohit by knocking 75 off 82 balls. Kohli-Rohit duo added 177 runs in 25.1 overs.
England started their innings on a positive note with openers Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow punching the Indian bowlers towards boundaries.
However, India had a good chance to take wicket of Jonny Bairstow in the very first over of the last ball of Umesh Yadav when skipper Virat Kohli skipped review.
Openers Jonny Bairstow 33 (27) and Jason Roy 38 (35) added 73 runs for their first wicket partnership, but in the 11th over it was Kuldeep Yadav who broke crucial partnership between Roy and Bairstow scalping wicket of Roy at score of 38. Roy's 38 came off in 35 balls with 6 fours.
In the 13th over it was Kuldeep Yadav who was on song and took two wickets first of Root at score of 3 after facing 6 balls and then of Bairstow. Bairstow scored 38 off 35 balls hitting 5 fours and a six. In the 20th over it was Chahal who bagged wicket of skipper Eoin Morgan after being caught off at midwicket by Suresh Raina.
Morgan's 19 came off in 20 balls with 2 fours and a six. However, it was Jos Buttler 53 (51) and Ben Stokes 38 (67) as the duo added 93 runs for their fifth wicket partnership.
However, it was again Kuldeep Yadav who came to the rescue and in the 39th over scalped important wicket of Jos Buttler after being caught off behing the stumps by Dhoni who was going strong along with Ben Stokes. Stokes innings ended with half century 53 off 51 balls with 5 fours.
In the 45th over Kuldeep Yadav went on take 5th wicket his second five-for in three innings, with a stunning catch from Siddarth Kaul sending dangerous Ben Stokes who stood firmly with his half century.
Stokes 50 came off in 103 balls with 2 fours. In the same over it was Willey who was the next target of Kuldeep. Willey scored 1 off 4 balls. After Willey Ali in 48th over, Rashid and Plunkett's wicket fell in the last over.Ali's 24 came off in 23 balls with 2 fours and a six while Rashid scored 22 off 16 with one four and a six and Plunkett 10 off 6 with one four before being run out.
Kuldeep Yadav was pick of the bowler after taking 6 wickets of Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow,Joe Root, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes and Willey. While Yuzvendra Chahal took one wicket of skipper Eoin Morgan and Umesh Yadav took two wicket one of Moeen Ali and another of Rashid. UNI