Krunal Pandya, Prasidh Krishna enjoy memorable debuts as India thump England

Brief scorecard: India 317/5 (Shikhar Dhawan 98, KL Rahul 62*, Krunal Pandya 58*, Virat Kohli 56; Ben Stokes 3/34, Mark Wood 2/75) beat England 251/10 (Jonny Bairstow 94, Jason Roy 46; Prasidh Krishna 4/54, Shardul Thakur 3/37, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2/30) by 66 runs

India vs England 1st ODI 2021, stats

  • India emerged victorious from a match that see-sawed all the way through to finish to go 1-0 up in the three-match ODI series after a 66-run victory in the first ODI at MCA Stadium in Pune.
  • It was India’s 54th ODI win over England in the 101st meeting between the teams.
  • Put in to bat, again, by England captain Eoin Morgan, India got off to a sedate albeit solid start from their openers, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, who put together 64 runs for the first wicket.
  • Dhawan went on to make his 31st ODI fifty, a 106-ball 98, punctuated by 11 fours and two sixes, emerging as the top-scorer across both sides.
  • Dhawan’s knock provided the foundation for a potentially big Indian total, with captain Virat Kohli also scoring a fifty, his 61st in the format, as he shared a 105-run second-wicket partnership with Dhawan before being dismissed for a 60-ball 56.
  • It was, however, debutant Krunal Pandya’s quickfire half-century and KL Rahul’s late onslaught that lifted India above 300 after they had been reduced 205 for five in the 41st over.
  • While Krunal made an unbeaten 31-ball 58 (7×4, 2×6), Rahul overcame a rusty start and a lean run of scores in the T20I series with a composed, unbeaten 43-ball 62 (4×4, 4×6) as he shared an unbroken 112-run partnership with Krunal for the sixth wicket to propel India to 317 for five.
  • Krunal reached his fifty off 26 balls and set a new record for the fastest fifty in ODI by a debutant after he became the 233rd ODI cricketer for India on an emotional day for him as he dedicated his free-flowing half-century to his late father.
  • Krunal was one of two debutants for India, with Karnataka pacer Prasidh Krishna also making his ODI and international debut and becoming the 234th cricketer to represent the country in the format.
  • He, too, made it a debut match to remember with record bowling figures in his first one-dayer for the country. His 4 for 54 in 8.1 overs not only helped India seal a 66-run win but those were the best bowling figures by an Indian on ODI debut.
  • Prasidh was expensive in his first spell, when he paid the price for erring with his length. Jonny Bairstow was striking the ball crisply and took England off to a blazing start in the company of his opening partner Jason Roy as the pair added 135 runs for the first wicket.
  • Bairstow’s early blitz not just set the tone for England in pursuit of 318 but also demoralised the hosts, who, for 14.5 overs, couldn’t stem the flurry of fours and sixes. While Prasidh broke through for India with the wicket of Jason Roy, Bairstow continued to score fluently to keep England well ahead of the required run-rate.
  • He, too, like Dhawan, was dismissed in the 90s trying to pull Shardul Thakur for a six when on 94 off 65 balls. It was his 14th ODI fifty, with his innings punctuated by six fours and seven sixes.
  • Shardul Thakur was the bowler to dismiss Bairstow and help India take control of proceedings as England’s middle and lower-middle order fell quite cheaply to allow the hosts to close out a 66-run win.
  • India’s victory was the 64th in ODIs under Kohli’s captaincy.