IND – ENG 1st ODI REVIEW

IND-ENG 1ST  ODI REVIEW  ( 23.3.21)

Courtesy :  Cricketcountry.com

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Prasidh Krishna: “I didn’t start well. They went hard, but we took wickets in a cluster. I just wanted to hit good areas, I thought after the third over I can’t bowl full and hit the good lengths. I want to be called a hit-the-deck bowler, I’m better at it. I will go back, work on my lengths, and come back. I hope I can do it for the team for a long time.”

“Prasidh seals victory for India on Debut “ 

The debutant Prasidh Krishna, pace bowler grabbed the headlines with his impressive bowling as India closed in the victory in the 43rd ( 42.1) over today in the first ODI played at Pune ,bringing cheers to the team and indian fans all over the world.  And it was a “mixed” day for India as the two Debutants and experienced campaigners continued their relentless winning “mantra” in the ODI game also. 

Kohli’s magic with the toss went for a toss again as Morgan called it right and asked India to bat in perfect batting conditions.

India started the run making sedately as the openers Rohit and the Shikar Dhawan were grafting the runs.  The pair put up 64 runs in 15 overs before Rohit edged an outgoing delivery to Keeper.  And the skipper Kohli joined Shikar and they were merry with the bat. Dhawan  hit a six in the mid wicket region off Rashid and completed  his half century .  And  against England spinners Rashid & Moeen Ali  they were playing hot and cold as runs were flowing in  trickles.  Kohli helped himself with a half century( his 61st in ODI).  And when trying to force the run rate, he holed out to the deep square leg fielder.  Dhawan cut loose against England’s mainstay bowler Mark Wood, who again proved to be expensive. 

The early dismissal of Shreyas Iyer and the ‘GABBAR” Dhawan’s  magnificent knock of 98 runs whose penchant for  a pull off Stokes  ended in a dolly to Morgan at mid-wicket..  run rate of the team dipped as K.L. Rahul took some time to settle. 

 With the debutant left handed Krunal Pandya joining Rahul, suddenly the run rate surged as Rahul found his form  and both of them went after every bowler.   Rahul greeted Mark Wood with a humongous maximum. Their 50 runs partnership came in 31 balls and 100 runs in just 56 balls.  And the roller coaster batting of the Indian innings set up 317 runs with  the unbroken 6trh wicket partnership between Rahul & Krunal fetched 112 runs.   The unbeaten 62 by Rahul’s (  4×4 and 4x 6) and Krunal ‘s 58 runs  ( 7x 4 and 2 x 6) was the cornerstone for a healthy total.

 And Krunal hit  the fastest 50  for a debutant off just 26 balls.

The ginormous score of India seemed  to be a mincemeat as the English openers dovetailed and a flurry of boundaries were ubiquitous .  Both the openers went hammer and tongs and  their relentless attack was bewildering.  Jonny Bairstow was full of elements  and he was very severe against the rookie bowler, the debutant Prasidh.  Prasidh Krishna got a pasting  from Bairstow who hit him for a mouth watering 22 runs in his 3rd over including 2 sixes and two fours. As he couldn’t  find rhythm he was  held back from the firing line.  

Bhuvi only got some respite from the carnage as he maintained a tight leash.  The first 50 runs came from 40 balls.  And when another debutant the left arm spinner Krunal Pandya was introduced Jason Roy went after him clobbering two fours and one six.  Even Shardul Thakur was not spared as Bairstow flicked him for a six towards square leg boundary and a straight four. 

The runs were flowing in torrent and the carnage continued till the debutant Prasidh returning for the second spell  from Hill End, he immediately got  rid of  Jason Roy, who again got out in 40s, was brilliantly caught at point by the substitute fielder Suryakumar yadav after they put up a very healthy 135 runs in just 89 balls.  This put a brake on the run riot as Prasidh and Kuldeep conceded miserly runs.  In fact Prasidh got rid of a tentative Stokes at short cover for just 1 run.  It was a wicket maiden and a very good come back by Prasidh. 

 Though the asking rate was just under 6 runs an over, the England batsmen were panicking.  Thakur was canny in luring Bairstow, the mainstay for England with a slower ball and who was committed to that stroke holded out to the deep midwicket fielder for a well made 94 runs.  And in his next over Thakur’s double strike in the 25th over scalping the England Captain Morgan’s top edge to wicket keeper and trapping Jos Buttler on his pads was shell-shock to the England team.  Between 25 and 30 overs they scored just 16 runs and lost 3 wickets. They were losing wickets in the heap.  Bhuvi in his own inimitable style got rid of the wagging tails like Sam Curran and Adil Rashid and when Prasidh finally got rid of Tom Curran holing out at long on  and the game was over in the 43 over.  India romped home by 66 runs.

And the debutant Prasidh Krishna finished with 4 wickets conceding 54 runs made a record for himself as the first debutant claiming 4 wickets .

Shikar Dhawan for his blistering 98  runs ( 11x 4 & 2 x 6)  got the MOM award

WEEKLY ROUND UP

  1. Newzealand won the first 2 ODIs played at Dunedin & Christchurch (newzealand) on 19/3/2021 & 23/3/2021 respectively against Bangladesh.  

 First ODI  – Bangladesh – 131.  NZL – 132/2 ( 21.2 Overs) – NZL won by 8 wkts

 2nd ODI – BG = 271/6. NZL – 275/5 ( 48.2 ) MOM : Tom Latham – 110* runs

  1. Afghanistan Vs Zimbabwe 2nd & 3rd T20I played at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi (U.A.E.) on 19/3/21 and 20/3/21.

2nd T20I – AFG- 193/5.  ZIM- 148 .  Afghanistan won by 45 runs

3rd T20I –  AFG – 183/7  ZIM- 136/5  Afghanistan won by 47 runs

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