Team India registered a superb come from the behind 66-run victory over England in the first ODI in Pune. For India, the likes of Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul and Krunal Pandya scored impressive half-centuries each to help their post a challenging total of 317 for 5 after which the pace trio of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Prasidh Krishna and Shardul Thakur bowled extremely well to trigger a dramatic England batting collapse. With this win, India have now taken a 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series and the second ODI is scheduled on March 26 in Pune.
After losing the toss and being asked to bat first, India got off to a pretty tentative start as the England new-ball bowlers kept on bowling some tight lines and as a result, the hosts managed just 39 runs in the first 10 overs. England fast bowler Mark Wood who troubled the Indian batsmen a lot with his extra pace during the T20I series and once again the pacer’s fierce 148 kmph delivery hit Rohit Sharma on the right elbow during the 5th over of the match. After being hit by the speeding ball, Rohit was seen in a lot of pain and also received some medical attention.
Rohit was dismissed by Ben Stokes after scoring 28 runs off 42 and the senior Indian opener did not take the field during England’s chase due to the injury which he suffered while batting. Apart from Rohit’s injury, India had another casualty in the field as Shreyas Iyer subluxated his left shoulder while fielding during the 8th over of the England innings. Iyer was immediately taken off the field for further scans.
While considering their injury situation, it looks very much unlikely that the duo of Rohit and Shreyas will take any further part in the three-match ODI series. In case, Iyer is ruled out of the India vs England ODI series, a Suryakumar Yadav ODI debut could be on the cards in the second ODI match. Shubman Gill is likely to replace Rohit as Shikhar Dhawan’s opening partner in the next game.
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