A combined batting effort followed a terrific bowling display as India defeated England by 66 runs in the first ODI at Pune to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
Defending 317 on a batting paradise, India bowlers got off to a shaky start as England openers Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow smashed them to all parts to the ground. They put on 135 runs in 14 overs before India debutant Prasidh Krishna sent back Roy for 46.
Ben Stokes came in at No.3 but failed to impress, departed for an 11-ball 1. Bairstow and captain Eoin Morgan then tried to steady the England chase but three wickets in two overs from medium-pacer Shardul Thakur completely turned the game in India’s favour. Thakur first removed Bairstow for 94 and then got rid of Morgan and Jos Buttler in the same over.
From there on, the tourists never recovered and lost wickets at regular intervals. Although the required run rate was never a problem for England but regular wickets cost them the match. They were bundled out in the 43rd over on 251.
For India, Krishna (4/54) recorded the best bowling figures by an Indian on debut. Thakur picked up three wickets while Bhuvneshwar Kumar also chipped in with two scalps.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
The start was theirs, but the end belonged to us! 🇮🇳
— DK (@DineshKarthik) March 23, 2021
Winning is a habit and we ain't leaving it. Such a brilliant debut for @krunalpandya24 and @prasidh43. Thumping victory and brilliant performance in all three departments of the game. Well done boys 🇮🇳 @BCCI
— Siddharth Kaul (@iamsidkaul) March 23, 2021
England going strong at 135/0 after 14.1 overs and then
Lord Shardul , Prasidh Krishna and Bhuvi pic.twitter.com/Tbc4MoAtxp
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) March 23, 2021
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) March 23, 2021
Love the resilience of the debutant Prasidh Krishna. 0/37 off his first 3 overs and then manages to get 4/17 off the remaining 5.1 overs. 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽
— Lisa Sthalekar (@sthalekar93) March 23, 2021
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) March 23, 2021
— Punjab Kings (@PunjabKingsIPL) March 23, 2021
— ICC (@ICC) March 23, 2021
From 135/0 to 251 all out 🤯
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) March 23, 2021
INDIA wins by 66 runs! And what a win! Superb. England was in a great position, but when their first wicket fell India controlled the rest of the match from there. Bowling unit turned it on. Absolute scenes! Congratulations. I also get to go to bed an hour early 😂🇮🇳🏴#INDvENG
— Chloe-Amanda Bailey (@ChloeAmandaB) March 23, 2021
— Chennai Super Kings – Mask P😷du Whistle P🥳du! (@ChennaiIPL) March 23, 2021
My heart 😩😩❤️
— Alexandra Hartley (@AlexHartley93) March 23, 2021
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) March 23, 2021
Krunal Pandya dedicates 50 on debut to his father, who passed away recently. Some very emotional scenes. He couldn’t get his words together in the post-inns interview. Deserved this hug. #IndvEng pic.twitter.com/mxYtwffl5q
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) March 23, 2021
Superb start for @prasidh43! 👌👌
— BCCI (@BCCI) March 23, 2021
That was a comeback and a half from Team 🇮🇳! 🤩
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) March 23, 2021
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) March 23, 2021
Indian debutants making it a habit of putting in game changing efforts.. What started in Australia, continues In Pune via Ahmedabad … @prasidh43 @krunalpandya24 – Congratulations on carrying on this wonderful trend.. Speaks volumes about the strength of Indian cricket #INDvENG
— Jatin Sapru (@jatinsapru) March 23, 2021