India continued their winning ways in the first game of the one-day series against England at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. Left-arm Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav took six wickets to restrict England to a modest total of 268 runs. In reply, Rohit Sharma smashed a splendid century to see India clinch comfortable victory and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. The opener continued his rich vein of form in this game as well to notch up his 18th century.
Shikhar Dhawan also went on the charge from the start and produced a brisk 27-ball 40 balls that included eight boundaries. The left-handed batsman perished while going for another big shot against the bowling of Moeen Ali. Virat Kohli came to the crease and formed 167-run stand with Rohit Sharma to put India in a box seat. The duo kept the scoreboard ticking without taking any big risks against England bowlers.
Kohli also reached another milestone and completed 1,000 runs in the current year. Adil Rashid dismissed him in the 35th over of the innings. Kohli scored 75 off 82 balls with the help of seven fours. Rohit Sharma remained till the end and scored unbeaten 137 runs off 144 balls with the help of 15 fours and 4 sixes.
Earlier in the day, India won the toss and elected to bowl first. England got off to flying start as Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow added 73 runs in first 10 overs. Kuldeep Yadav came into the attack and immediately made an impact with the bat. He removed both the openers in space of few overs to see India put the brakes on England’s scoring. Joe Root once again failed to the variation produced by Yadav.
Eoin Morgan also played a reckless shot against Yuzvendra Chahal to see England go from 73 for 0 to 105 for 4. Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler led the fightback for England as the duo added 93 runs. Stokes scored 50 runs off 103 runs with the help of two boundaries. Buttler also continued his good form and notched up yet another half-century to help England post 268 runs from 50 overs.