RESULT
1st ODI (D/N), Pune, March 23, 2021, England tour of India
317/5
(42.1/50 ov, T:318) 251

India won by 66 runs

Player Of The Match
98 (106)
shikhar-dhawan
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That's all from us at ESPNcricinfo. From Dhawan's innings to KL Rahul coming back to form to Krunal Pandya's emotional day with the bat, India did well to get 317. After that, a comeback for the ages from the bowlers, starting with Prasidh Krishna and helped by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shardul Thakur. That means as we sign off, India are 1-0 up, but knowing this England side, they'll be roaring to make a statement when the two teams take the field for ODI number 2 in three days' time. Till then, it's goodbye. PS. If you're craving more cricket, there's an intriguing Test match going on in the Caribbean.. Hop over!

Shikhar Dhawan is the Man of the Match for his 98. "Very happy with the performance. Great comeback. Really enjoyed it. I was putting all my efforts in the process. Was doing good gym, running, net sessions whenever possible. Eventually my smart work paid off. We knew ball was seaming early on (Rohit and him). We knew we could score runs later on. You feel bit sad (getting out on 98) but I am not a person who gets too sad or too happy. I was not in a rush to score 100, went for a shot, got out. There's always a next time. When I wasn't playing, I was thinking how I can give to the team. I was being a good 12th man (laughs), serving water. In my head, though, I was quite positive. That when I get an opportunity I can score runs."

Virat Kohli: "One of our sweetest victories in recent past. We haven't won many good games in ODIs. A comeback from all our bowlers. Going for few runs early on (Prasidh) and coming back was amazing. Krunal as well. Shardul, Bhuvi were amazing. I am a really proud man right now. Team showed great character and intensity. As I've mentioned in the past as well, we promote players who have intent and back their skills. Special mention to Shikhar's innings as well. Didn't get much after the first T20I. KL as well, back among the runs. So we want to back people who will do a selfless job. It's a healthy competition between everyone for every slot. We have 2-3 players available for every slot. The management has done these discussions with senior players as well. We are on the right path. A special mention to Shikhar again. His body language was amazing when he wasn't playing. He was motivating players, running with extra stuff like water. Today he deservedly got the result he achieved. Made a very important contribution. You saw it was tricky first up and the openers had to start off that way. In that context, his innings was very important since he batted the tough overs. His contribution was better than what the scorecard was. Yes, could be (was England subpar). When I was batting, I told Shikhar that between 31-40 I'd look to take the bowlers on. We lost a few wickets and there was a brief pushback but Krunal and KL then took it away. If I had stayed with Shikhar around that 40 over period we could've got 350. England hit some amazing shots, and scores will be high scoring moving forward, and we'll look to get bigger scores moving forward."

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Morgan: I thought the bowlers were outstanding and there was a bit more on offer for the seamers. The two openers were outstanding, but we failed to build on from that. We need to execute better than we did today. India did really well and deserved to win. Being able to take the attack to the opposition is something that we pride ourselves on. We want to continue to push the envelope in that regard. It's better for us to lose like this than losing by 10-20 runs playing in a completely different manner that doesn't suit us. The game is always moving forward, technology and fitness are moving forward, so we need to push hard as we can. It's important for us to dictate the way we play. The bowlers did an outstanding job - the traditional Test line and length proved good in this wicket. We probably didn't play well to take any advantage [of dew]. Just the execution (what would you change?)

9.30pm Prasidh Krishna, the man of the moment: I didn't start off well, they went hard, but we took wickets in a cluster. I just wanted to hit good areas, I thought after the third over I can't bowl full and hit the good lengths. As a bowling unit, we were outstanding today. I want to be called a hit-the-deck bowler, I think I'm better at it. I will go back, work on my lengths, and come back. I hope I can do it for the team for long. From the beginning even if we are going for runs, the talk was to pick up a wicket.

England were ahead in the chase when Roy and Bairstow powered them to 135 for 0. After taking a pasting from them in the early exchanges, Prasidh bounced back strongly to have Roy caught at point. In his next over, he got Stokes and set in motion a collapse. Thakur and Bhuvneshwar also played their part in India's grand comeback as England were dismissed for 251. Quite fittingly, it was Prasidh who closed out the game, having Tom Curran holing out. His figures of 4 for 54 are the best by an Indian on ODI debut.


42.1
W
Prasidh to Tom Curran, OUT

Prasidh seals victory for India on debut! Full and he hides it away from the swinging arc of Curran. The batsman ends up slicing it to Bhuvneshwar at deep third man. Prasidh gets a warm hug from his Karnataka team-mate and friend Rahul. Such a sweet moment

Tom Curran c Kumar b Prasidh Krishna 11 (16b 1x4 0x6 21m) SR: 68.75
end of over 423 runs
ENG: 251/9CRR: 5.97 RRR: 8.37
Tom Curran11 (15b 1x4)
Mark Wood2 (7b)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 9-0-30-2
Kuldeep Yadav 9-0-68-0
41.6
1
Bhuvneshwar to Tom Curran, 1 run

Curran backs away and punches a single to sweeper cover

Satyam Kumar: "Ask Shardul and Prasiddh to bowl from both end, and whoever gets the last wicket, gets MOM. I don't think there is any other way to decide it."

41.5
Bhuvneshwar to Tom Curran, no run

back of a length and bounces over middle as Curran has a roundhouse swipe to the leg side...and misses

41.4
1
Bhuvneshwar to Wood, 1 run

squeezed behind square via an inside edge

41.3
Bhuvneshwar to Wood, no run

shortish and outside off, hangs back and punches to the covers

41.2
Bhuvneshwar to Wood, no run

slower ball outside off, left alone, dies on its way through to Rahul

Vishal: "Reminds me of Nadal and Djokovic every time Kuldeep makes that grunt while releasing"

41.1
1
Bhuvneshwar to Tom Curran, 1 run

plinked away through midwicket

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end of over 415 runs
ENG: 248/9CRR: 6.04 RRR: 7.77
Mark Wood1 (4b)
Tom Curran9 (12b 1x4)
Kuldeep Yadav 9-0-68-0
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 8-0-27-2
40.6
Kuldeep to Wood, no run

googly from Kuldeep, Wood plays for the stock ball, and is beaten lavishly past the outside edge

40.5
1
Kuldeep to Tom Curran, 1 run

full and spinning back into middle and leg, worked through square leg

40.4
Kuldeep to Tom Curran, no run

slider outside off, swished to the covers

40.3
4
Kuldeep to Tom Curran, FOUR runs

tossed up on middle and leg, Curran muscles it away between deep midwicket and wide long-on for four

40.2
Kuldeep to Tom Curran, no run

darted full on middle, shovelled with the bottom hand to wide long-on

40.1
Kuldeep to Tom Curran, no run

scythed away to Siraj at extra-cover

end of over 403 runs • 1 wicket
ENG: 243/9CRR: 6.07 RRR: 7.50
Mark Wood1 (3b)
Tom Curran4 (7b)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 8-0-27-2
Krunal Pandya 10-0-59-1
39.6
Bhuvneshwar to Wood, no run

full and sliding into middle, Wood keeps it out

39.5
1
Bhuvneshwar to Tom Curran, 1 run

Curran rides the bounce of this short ball outside off and glides it to deep third man

James Cochrane: "Re Chris - I posted before Roy was out (unpublished) that the England from the 90's would probably still win. It hasn't aged well and I apologise to all England fans for cursing us!"

Shailesh Rana: "@Ravi: Regarding T Curran's average of 41, Navdeep Saini averages 92 in ODI's bruh."

39.4
1
Bhuvneshwar to Wood, 1 run

on a length and outside off, poked to deep third man

39.3
Bhuvneshwar to Wood, no run

on a length and outside off, blocked to the off side

No.11 Wood

39.2
W
Bhuvneshwar to Rashid, OUT

Bhuvneshwar now has Rashid nicking off. Fullish, threatens to come in with the angle, but straightens away to take the outside edge. Rahul does the rest. India are one away from 1-0

Adil Rashid c †Rahul b Kumar 0 (5b 0x4 0x6 5m) SR: 0

Chris: "Outstanding start from England followed by an abject collapse. I miss the 90s."

39.1
1
Bhuvneshwar to Tom Curran, 1 run

on a length and outside off, sliced away to deep third man off an outside edge

end of over 391 run • 1 wicket
ENG: 240/8CRR: 6.15 RRR: 7.09
Adil Rashid0 (4b)
Tom Curran2 (5b)
Krunal Pandya 10-0-59-1
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 7-0-24-1
38.6
Krunal to Rashid, no run

full and spins away outside off, opens the bat-face and guides it through the cover-point region

Naman Bansal: "I still prefer England's approach over Indian approach. Starting at a very high rate puts a lot of pressure on the bowling side and they are under immense pressure to take wickets. Add in a player like Joe Root who can anchor the innings, these chases becomes a cakewalk for the team. "

 
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