England have been unable to capitalise on a rampaging opening stand from Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy as India claimed a 66-run victory in the first of three one-day internationals at Pune.
Set 318 to win, England’s vaunted openers flew out of the traps, placing on a rare 135 in 14.2 overs, however Roy’s dismissal opened the floodgates and, regardless of Bairstow’s belligerent 94 from 66 balls, the vacationers subsided.
Prasidh Krishna had been overwhelmed early on on debut, however he recovered to end with 4 for 54 as England have been bundled out for 251 in 42.1 overs after a late surge from KL Rahul and Krunal Pandya had helped India to 317 for 5.
Eoin Morgan required 4 stitches on his hand, whereas Sam Billings sprained his collarbone joint after an ungainly fall and, though they have been in a position to bat, the pair have been off the sector in the closing phases of India’s innings.
The absence of Morgan’s calming affect was a selected blow as Rahul and Krunal, making his ODI bow, brutalised England’s bowlers in an unbroken 112-run stand, serving to India get well after shedding 4 for 36 at one stage.
Shikhar Dhawan (98) and Virat Kohli (56) finally laid the foundations for Rahul (62 not out off 43 balls) and Krunal (58no off 31), who embraced his brother Hardik on the finish of his knock, the pair having misplaced their father in mid-January.
The fireworks from Rahul and Krunal have been in stark distinction to the watchful method employed by Rohit Sharma and Dhawan after India have been invited to bat first as Mark Wood and Sam Curran, standing in for the rested Chris Woakes and injured Jofra Archer, capitalised on a touch of motion to hold the damaging opening batsmen largely quiet.
A rising Wood supply thudded into Rohit’s again elbow, necessitating remedy, and the difficulty continued to bother the opener, who chased a large one off Ben Stokes to depart for 28. But Kohli upped the ante upon his arrival, combining lavish drives with fast singles in a typically-fluid run-a-ball half-century.
Dhawan took the cue from his captain, launching Adil Rashid over midwicket to attain his fifty earlier than dispatching Moeen Ali over the ropes, compounding the all-rounder shelling an opportunity in the deep on his return to England obligation when the India opener was on 59.
Moeen atoned for his drop, holding on after Kohli had flicked Wood to deep midwicket, ending a 105-run partnership which was the beginning of India’s lurch from 169 for one to 205 for 5. Dhawan fell amid the wobble, two runs in need of his ton after pulling to midwicket off Stokes, who had his third wicket when Hardik Pandya edged to slip.
While one Pandya was stored subdued, the opposite prospered as England let their opponents off the hook. With Morgan – and Billings – watching on helplessly by this stage, Rahul and Krunal added 112 from the final 57 balls.
It was a boundary-laden partnership, with Rahul deadly in the arc between long-off and midwicket to flay 4 sixes and as many fours, whereas Krunal scored throughout the wicket to deliver up his fifty off simply 26 balls, the quickest by a debutant in ODIs. But, if that was spectacular, then Bairstow and Roy went up one other gear at first of England’s reply.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar was usually economical however Roy was into his stride with successive fours off India debutant Krishna, who conceded an eyewatering 22 in an over as Bairstow went into overdrive, having taken six from his first 18 balls.
Kohli shuffled his pack, turning to Krunal and Kuldeep Yadav early on, however the spinners have been powerless to cease Bairstow’s onslaught, conceding two sixes apiece as the Yorkshireman heaved throughout the road with impunity to take the lead in an unbelievable 135-run stand in lower than 15 overs.
There would have been a sigh of reduction in the house camp as Roy miscued to level for 46, whereas Stokes’ transfer up the order in Joe Root’s absence backfired as he chipped to additional cowl to give Krishna two wickets in two overs.
Morgan was given a let-off from his first ball after a diving Kohli couldn’t cling on to an opportunity at slip, however the wickets continued to tumble as Bairstow holed out to deep midwicket off Shardul Thakur to fall in need of his hundred.
Thakur (three for 37) additional swung the pendulum India’s approach as Morgan (22) received a skinny edge to a bouncer, whereas Jos Buttler was trapped on the crease for 2, persevering with a run of single-figure scores in ODIs because the 2019 World Cup.
England had lurched from 135 with out loss to 176 for 5 and it was finally a place they have been unable to get well from as India drew first blood in the sequence.