India hammers England to go 1-0 up

Rohit Sharma hit an unbeaten hundred after Kuldeep Yadav picked six wickets as India beats England by eight wickets to take 1-0 lead.

Virat Kohli scored his 47th ODI half-century.   -  Getty Images

 

Teams:

England: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, David Willey, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood.

India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli (c), Suresh Raina, M.S. Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Siddarth Kaul, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav.

TOSS: India opts to field.

Team India has been coming off a sensational form, following back-to-back T20I wins against Ireland and England during its tour of UK so far. Now, it's time for it to switch attention to the premier limited-overs format, as it takes on England in a three-match ODI series at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, starting Thursday.

Both the teams have been in good form in the ODIs. However, England has been ruthless in the format of late, having posted mammoth total of 400 plus runs, twice this year. And, with the series being held in its backyard, England once again emerges favourite to win this series.

However, counting out India cannot be an option at all for the English side, considering India's prolific outing in the format. Coming off a commendable 5-1 series win in South Africa, India is a side to be feared. Although the condition in England would be vastly different from South Africa, India seems to have well accustomed to it, judging by its performance in the just-concluded T20I series.

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Therefore, the series is wide open, and as far as picking up the winner for this tie is concerned, it is certainly a million-dollar question.

Squads:

England: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, David Willey, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Sam Curran, Jake Ball, Dawid Malan.

India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli (c), Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Shreyas Iyer, M.S. Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Siddarth Kaul, Shardul Thakur.