What an international debut for KKR's pace sensation Prasidh Krishna!
Prasidh became the first Indian to pick up four wickets on ODI debut as India pulled off yet another glorious win against England at the MCA Stadium, Pune, in the first ODI of the 3-match series.
✅ Best figures by an Indian debutant in ODI history— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) March 23, 2021
✅ Only Indian to pick 4️⃣ wickets on ODI debut
A performance for the record books 📚@prasidh43 #INDvENG #ODI #Cricket #PrasidhKrishna pic.twitter.com/cb4gVnVmGf
India, after a slow but steady start, went on to post 317/5 in 50 overs, courtesy some strong batting displays from Shikhar Dhawan (98 off 106), Krunal Pandya (58* off 31), KL Rahul (62* off 43) and Virat Kohli (56 off 60). England fell short by 66 runs, getting bundled out for 251.
Clinical! 🇮🇳— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) March 23, 2021
Record breakers @prasidh43 and @krunalpandya24 shine on debut as #TeamIndia cruise to victory by a handsome 66 run-margin 💜#INDvsENG #PrasidhKrishna #KrunalPandya pic.twitter.com/vtLinMGjz3
While Dhawan and Kohli laid the foundation for a moderate total, it was Krunal, who was debuting as well in ODIs, and Rahul who stepped on the accelerator to take India past 300. When the last man falling, Hardik Pandya, walked back for 1 run, India were 205-5 in 40,3 overs, scoring at an average run rate of 5RPO. However, Krunal and Rahul took the proceedings in control and added over 100 runs in the last 10 overs. Dhawan was brilliant too, but fell just two runs short of his 100 while playing a pull shot off Ben Stokes.
The comeback didn’t end only in the batting department for Team India. There was a time when England were scoring at a run rate that was akin to the T20 format. England took 11.3 overs to cross their first 100. Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy absolutely ravaged anyone who came in their way. However, one must remember that it's not a T20 game that can be won only with aggression. Pacing out an innings is also important in a 50-over match and this is where England lacked.
Superb bowling display by #TeamIndia 🇮🇳 after 🏴 got off to a rollicking start 💥💥— BCCI (@BCCI) March 23, 2021
India win by 6️⃣6️⃣ runs and take a 1-0 lead in the 3-match ODI series #INDvENG @Paytm
Scorecard 👉 https://t.co/MiuL1livUt pic.twitter.com/0m58T6SdKq
England went for the outright onslaught and in the first 15 overs it almost looked like they would run away with the match. Prasidh took the beating too but he was quick to recover and come back to wipe off Roy (46 off 35) and give India the first breakthrough at 135. Prasidh struck again in his very next over when he dismissed Ben Stokes for a paltry 1 run.
The biggest thorn in the flesh, Bairstow, was still dishing out big shots and was about score his 100, when Shardul Thakur did what he does best! First, he plucked Bairstow (94 off 66) and in the next over he picked up captain Eoin Morgan (22) and Jos Buttler (2) to shake up the English batters. Someone might wonder how Thakur is repeating his feat of picking up two wickets in the same over almost every match to turn matches in India’s favour! Sorcery? Well, we don’t mind!
The downfall that started with Prasidh and Shardul's brilliant spells forced England to go into a cocoon. From 169/3 to getting all out for 251 hints at the slump. Prasidh’s 4-54, which also includes the wickets of Sam Billings (18) and Tom Curran (11), and Shardul's 3-37 would be remembered as a mark of the young India's never-say-die attitude which has constantly pulled the team out of critical situations in all formats.
Meanwhile, before we wrap up, we leave you with this heart-melting video where the brother duo of Krunal and Hardik could be seen having an emotional exchange.