India’s Shikhar Dhawan plays a shot against England during their first ODI match in Pune on Tuesday. Agence France-Presse
Opener Shikhar Dhawan smashed 98 and debutant pace bowler Prasidh Krishna claimed four wickets as India thrashed England by 66 runs in the opening one-day international on Tuesday.
Dhawan started strongly while KL Rahul, 62 not out, and Krunal Pandya, unbeaten 58 off 31 balls, steered the hosts to 317-5 after being put into bat first at the start of the three ODIs in Pune.
Chasing 318 for victory, England were bowled out for 251 in 42.1 overs despite a blazing 94 by Jonny Bairstow to trail the series 1-0.
Krishna, who returned ODI figures of 4-54, a best by an Indian on debut, and fellow quick bowler Shardul Thakur shared seven wickets between them and turned the game on its head after Bairstow put on a blazing opening stand of 135 with Jason Roy.
Krishna broke the stand to send back Roy out for 46 and then struck in his next over with the key wicket of Ben Stokes for one.
He nearly got his third on the next ball when Morgan, who came into bat with four stitches on the webbing of his hand, edged his first ball to Virat Kohli at slip but the Indian captain dropped the catch. Thakur soon took over from Krishna to deny Bairstow his hundred after getting the opener caught at deep midwicket.
He then struck twice in his next over to send back Morgan, for 22, and Jos Buttler, lbw for two, as England slipped further to 176-5.
Moeen Ali made a fighting 30 before falling to Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who combined with Pandya and Krishna to wipe off the tail.
For India, left-hander Pandya, who played alongside his younger brother Hardik Pandya, put on an unbroken stand of 112 with wicketkeeper-batsman Rahul as India finished with a flourish.
Stokes struck first with his pace bowling, claiming Rohit Sharma caught behind for 28. He returned figures of 3-34 from eight overs.
Dhawan put on 105 for the second wicket with Kohli. He made his 31st ODI fifty with a six off leg-spinner Adil Rashid. Kohli reached a run-a-ball fifty but fell for 56 to pace bowler Mark Wood.
Dhawan, who hit 11 fours and two sixes in his 106-ball knock, fell short of his hundred after he mistimed a pull off Stokes.
Pandya completed his 50 in 26 balls to record the fastest fifty for an ODI debutant and later choked up with emotion while dedicating the innings to his father who died in January.
One of our sweetest victories, says Virat Kohli: Skipper Kohli called Tuesday’s win over England in the first ODI one of their sweetest ever and said that India is now in a position where they have two-three players for every slot.
“To come back into the game the way they did is brilliant. I am a really, really proud man right now. The team showed great character and intensity,” said Kohli after the match.
“This is one of our sweetest victories in recent past. We haven’t won many good games in ODIs,” he added.
He also praised debutant seamer M Prasidh Krishna for making a remarkable comeback after going for runs early on. Krishna scalped 4/54 to return the best bowling figures by an Indian on ODI debut.
R. Sharma c Buttler b Stokes 28
S. Dhawan c Morgan b Stokes 98
V. Kohli c Moeen b Wood 56
S. Iyer c sub (Livingstone) b Wood 6
KL Rahul not out 62
H. Pandya c Bairstow b Stokes 1
K. Pandya not out 58
(50 overs, 5 wickets) 317
Wood 10-1-75-2 (w1), S. Curran 10-1-48-0 (w1), T. Curran 10-0-63-0 (w1), Stokes 8-1-34-3, Rashid 9-0-66-0 (w2), Ali 3-0-28-0
England (target 318)
J. Roy c sub (S. Yadav) b Krishna 46
J. Bairstow c Yadav b Thakur 94
B. Stokes sub (Gill) b Krishna 1
E. Morgan c Rahul b Thakur 22
J. Buttler lbw b Thakur 2
S. Billings c Kohli b Krishna 18
M. Ali c Rahul b Kumar 30
S. Curran c sub (Gill) b K. Pandya 12
T. Curran c Kumar b Krishna 11
A. Rashid c Rahul b Kumar 0
M. Wood not out 2
(42.1 overs, all out) 251
Kumar 9-0-30-2 (w2), Krishna 8.1-1-54-4 (w7), Thakur 6-0-37-3, Krunal 10-0-59-1, Yadav 8-0-68-0 (w1)