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India eye top ODI spot in series against England

11 July 2018, 06:38 | Charlene Valdez

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India's Shikkar Dhawan left is bowled by England's David Willey during the Twenty20 cricket match between England and India at Old Trafford cricket ground

England and India, now ranked first and second respectively, play the first match of their upcoming series in Nottingham on Thursday, in what will kick off a month-long extravaganza of One-Day Internationals featuring 10 sides, spread across four continents. India can regain the No.1 position if they win the first two ODIs but a loss in the final ODI will hand over it back to England. Pandya slammed 33 off 14 after booking career best figure of 4/38. England hit a four or a six every 7.13 balls and their opening stand averages 6.36 per over, compared to India's 8.59 balls per boundary and a run rate of 5.24 for their opening partnerships.

India skipper Virat Kohli: "The comeback from the bowlers was outstanding". We had the quality to bowl those wicket-taking deliveries.

India and England will now play a 3-match ODI series beginning at Nottingham on Thursday.

Rohit then launched on Plunkett with a six and a four in the 11th over and captain Virat Kohli, who came on the crease at the fall of Rahul, joined the party with a six in the next over to place India well on course of the target.

With just 9 runs to defend, England did not have much on their plate, Rohit Sharma completed his century, a brilliantly constructed inning.

Chahar then got his first global scalp with a slower delivery that the unsafe Roy flicked to Dhoni behind the stumps. Pandya came back in the 18th over to thwart another surge from England, this time taking out Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow.

There are caveats. Most importantly, this was a T20 series.

Considering the start England had, with Jos Buttler and Jason Roy racing to 94/0 inside eight overs, the pressure was on India.


Amid all this, MS Dhoni took five catches in the inning, the first wicket-keeper to achieve the feat.

A poor series for India's leading pacer.

Buttler was dropped by Siddharth Kaul when on 20 with Chahal being the unfortunate bowler.

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Jordan gave England a ray of hope when things looked dim for the hosts by picking up Kohli's wicket with a sharp catch off his own bowling.

Pandya bowled poorly in his first spell, against the field set by his captain as he was taken for two fours and two sixes, but returned later to impact the English middle order. Alex Hales's fifty means Ben Stokes's reintegration into the final XI isn't going to be as easy.

Ball, though, conceded 22 off the last over, including a wide and a no-ball that went through to the boundary for five as India finished with a mediocre total of 148-5.



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