India have won three of their four white-ball games against England so far, and they’ve all been thrashings. They won by 8 wickets in the first ODI at Nottingham on Thursday
Kuldeep followed up his match-winning 5-24 from the first T20I at Old Trafford with staggering figures of 6-25 from 10 overs as England were bowled out for 268, while Rohit Sharma hit a second-straight century of the tour, following his T20 ton at Bristol with a stunning unbeaten 137 in the run chase.
Earlier, the hosts had got off to another blistering start, on the same ground where they posted a world-record 481 last month, and were 71-0 at the time of Kuldeep’s introduction after 10 overs.
But, the left-arm wrist spinner proceeded to take three wickets in his opening two overs, and returned to claim the key scalps of Jos Buttler (53) and Ben Stokes (50) after the pair had rebuilt the England innings with a 93-run fifth-wicket stand.
Kuldeep is such an attacking bowler – he tosses it up, bowls full & turns it both ways. His aggression means if England don’t find a method to play him he’s going to be difficult to muddle through against – he‘s taken 3+ wickets in 47% of his ODIs – (global average 19%).
n reply, India cruised to their target with 59 balls to spare – Sharma, aside from a Jason Roy drop at point when on 92, and captain Virat Kohli (75) hitting chanceless, classy knocks.
Sharma, meanwhile, brought up his 18th ODI century and second against England with a glorious straight six off Rashid, his third of four sixes in his superb innings.
England will look to level the three-match series against India in the second ODI at Lord’s. For the first time this summer England are underdogs, 11/10 and India favourites 10/11 for a single match, which given their form and England’s struggles against spin has to be reasonable but a value opportunity is opening up for England here the number one ODI side in the rankings and not a bad side overnight