India and England lock horns in the first of the three match ODI series today in Pune. After winning the Test series 3-1 and T20Is by 3-2, Team India would be looking to end the tour on a high with a series win in ODIs as well.
England won the toss and elected to field first. Men in Blue brought in debutants Krunal Pandya and Prasidh Krishna in the playing XI. For England, Sam Billings, Tom Curran and Moeen Ali were included in playing XI. The three-match series is crucial for England Captain Eoin Morgan and his men. They'll be trying to hunt more Super League points to ensure a place on top of the table. Morgan feels the focus in the series in India will be to try and achieve the level of consistency that helped them win their first ever 50-over title.
"The level of consistency we've shown in 50-over cricket since the WC win has been average," Morgan pointed out on the eve of the opening ODI. "Obviously, we haven't had our strongest team together for quite some time since then given the amount of cricket we've played. So if we can show a level of consistency in our performance, it would be a huge step forward. And on top of that, grow our squad. We see guys coming back in, taking opportunities that don't come up that often would give us a lot of confidence moving forward”, he said.
Batting first, Team India opened with Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan. Riding on a brilliant 98 by Dhawan, India managed to put up a good total of 317/5 in 50 overs.
Indian openers started well and both Sharma and Dhawan added 64 for the first wicket before getting out for 28. Kohli soon joined Dhawan and both put up a century stand while India looked set for a huge total but they lost the next four wickets in quick time and looked in danger.
At 205/5, debutant Krunal Pandya combined with KL Rahul and added a quickfire 112 runs for the sixth wicket to post a total of 317 in 50 overs. KL Rahul scored an unbeaten 62 while Pandya scored 58 not out.