Shikhar Dhawan’s 98, Krunal Pandya’s file fifty hoist India to 317 for five


A composed 98 from Shikhar Dhawan and a file fifty by debutant Krunal Pandya noticed India put up a powerful 317 for five within the first ODI in opposition to England in Pune.

Whereas Shikhar Dhawan top-scored for India, Krunal blasted a 26-ball fifty – the quickest by a debutant in ODIs.

Shikhar Dhawan and Indian captain Virat Kohli (56 from 60) had been concerned in a second-wicket stand of 105 to place India in command.

A flurry of wickets, although, noticed India lose their method earlier than an enterprising sixth-wicket stand of 112 between KL Rahul and Krunal noticed India claw again.

Rahul and Pandya joined forces when India had been 205 for five within the forty first over. The debutant displayed his big-hitting vary from the phrase go.

After smashing Sam Curran for 3 fours in an over, he proceeded to hammer Mark Wooden and Tom Curran for sixes as India raced away within the slog overs.

21 got here off the forty eighth over bowled by Wooden as Krunal went berserk. He raced to his fifty, and paid tribute to his late father by pointing his bat in the direction of the heavens.

Rahul was extra subdued compared, attending to 50 off 39 balls, however he too hit 4 sixes. Krunal completed unbeaten on 58 from 31 (seven fours, two sixes) whereas Rahul returned unconquered on 62 from 43.

Shikhar Dhawan rides his ruck

Earlier, Shikhar Dhawan was dropped twice and rode his luck. The primary was a troublesome likelihood within the eighth over. The left-hander, on 16, reduce one uppishly from Sam Curran to level. Jason Roy flew to his left, however couldn’t latch on.

The second was a regulation one. Shikhar Dhawan was on 59 when he dragged one from Adil Rashid straight to Moeen Ali at deep midwicket, who made a large number of the possibility.

Except for the 2 lives, Shikhar Dhawan seemed in good contact. India bought off to a sluggish begin. They had been 15 for no loss after 5 overs. The southpaw started the momentum shift, slicing and driving Mark Wooden for consecutive boundaries within the seventh over.

Rohit Sharma additionally hit a few attractive fours off Wooden. His innings, although, got here to a disappointing finish. On 28, Sharma edged a brief and vast supply from Ben Stokes behind the stumps.

Nevertheless, the Shikhar Dhawan-Kohli partnership put India in command. Each the batsmen had been extraordinarily extreme on the spinners.

Shikhar Dhawan introduced up his fifty by slog-sweeping Rashid for six to the left of long-on. Kohli discovered it barely troublesome to choose Rashid early on. However in the identical over, he too belted one down the bottom for 4 to announce his intentions.

Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan loved themselves in opposition to Moeen Ali. Having simply dropped the Indian opener, Moeen was hammered for a six over additional cowl and a 4 previous positive leg. This got here after a misfield off the primary ball from Stokes gifted India a boundary.

Kohli introduced up yet one more fifty, driving Rashid to sweeper cowl for a single. Nevertheless, he uncharacteristically gave his wicket away on 56, whipping Wooden straight to Moeen, who made no mistake this time.

The Indian captain’s wicket was quickly adopted by Shreyas Iyer’s (6), who lofted Wooden to deep cowl. Shikhar Dhawan hit a pair extra cracking boundaries. However on 98, he pulled a brief ball from Stokes to Eoin Morgan at midwicket.

Stokes dealt India one other main blow, having Hardik Pandya caught at slip for 1. England had been again within the sport at 205 for five however Krunal and Rahul’s counter-attacking partnership lifted India to a rating of 317.

Revealed 23 Mar 2021, 18:11 IST



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