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WICKETS TUMBLE: England lose first ODI to India

 

England have lost the first of three in their ODI series with India by 66 runs as their tour draws to a close.

Eoin Morgan's side were cruising after they elected to bowl first and India scored 317-5.

Shikhar Darwan was caught by Morgan two runs away from a century. Virat Kohli and Krunal Pandya both added 50-plus each for the hosts.

318 was the target and England looked like they'd easily attain that with Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow at the crease.

 

 

England's cruising screams to a halt with tumbling wickets

 

Their opening partnership got the visitors 135 runs after just 14 overs, but the wickets began to tumble soon after Roy was caught out for 46.

Ben Stokes would come and go after his shot was right down the throat of substitute Shubman Gill.

Bairstow notched 94 runs for England before he was dismissed. Kuldeep Yadav caught his attempted pull shot for a six which was short.

Skipper Morgan only added 22 to the score while Moeen Ali's 30 wasn't enough for England to win either.

The England captain required four stitches on his right hand after splitting the skin between his thumb and index finger when fielding.

His availability for the second and third ODI's is likely to be questionable due to the stitching.

 

 

Sam Billings also suffered an injury when he landed awkwardly on his left shoulder which he had previously dislocated.

Later, the team confirmed it was a collar bone sprain and not related to his shoulder. He went on to score 18 at bat.

 

Morgan praises England's bowlers as batting collapse destroys hopes of winning

 

Eoin Morgan heaped praise on the England bowlers after this ODI collapse to India saying they were faultless.

"I can’t fault the guys," the skipper said. "They did exactly what was expected of them on a wicket like today.

"Chasing 318 at the halfway stage - even before the game I’d have taken 318.

"The ground we’re playing at is a really good batting wicket if you get yourself in. The boundaries are not that big.

"To hold India at bay for that long is a fantastic job from our bowlers."

England have lost both the test and T20 series and have now fallen a game behind in this three-match ODI series in India.

 

 

What's more worrying for Morgan's side is they could be displaced by India as the best ranked ODI team in the world.

Should the hosts win the next two games as well, they'll replace England as the number one side in this form of the game.

However, Morgan isn't concerned about that potential change and is more focused on being competitive at the next World Cup.

"It's not something that we talk about in the changing room," Morgan added.

"Everything is built towards planning being competitive at a World Cup and trying to improve our skills over that period of time.

"It's about building a group of players that hopefully will bring something really top quality in a World Cup.

"We're already at the stage where we can compete but obviously building on top of that and tweaking as we go along is a hugely important factor because you become exposed to different situations."

The next ODI starts at 7.30am on Friday morning.


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