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Bumrah’s career-best 6-19 sets up India’s comprehensive win

A sizzling performance with the ball, led by Jasprit Bumrah’s career-best show, set up India’s comprehensive victory in the opening ODI against England at The Oval on Tuesday (July 12). Bumrah’s 6 for 19 was supported well by Mohammed Shami, who bagged 3 for 31 en route to becoming the joint third fastest to 150 wickets, as England were restricted to a paltry 110 – their lowest ODI total against India.

An unbeaten century stand between Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan powered India’s reply, with the pair becoming the fourth to cross 5000 partnership runs for the opening wicket in the process. Rohit favoured the pull shot as he struck 6 fours and 5 sixes during his 58-ball 76, helping India register their maiden 10-wicket victory in ODIs against England.

Dhawan, who should have been run out of the first ball when Rohit took off after playing the ball to short midwicket, got off to a sedate start while the Indian captain was a bit edgy. But he got over it and started playing his shots, including a hook for a six off David Willey. Dhawan, who was on 2 off 17, got going with a couple of cover drives for boundaries off Reece Topley in the 7th over, and the bowler was also pulled for a four by Rohit as he conceded 16. The half-century stand – the 33rd fifty-plus partnership for this pair – was raised when Rohit pulled Craig Overton for two successive sixes in the 10th over.

Overton also tried bowling short to Dhawan, having struck on his finger on one occasion, but was pulled for a four this time. Dhawan, however, scored his first 20 runs at a strike rate of only 50 but Rohit was finding the fence regularly, welcoming Brydon Carse into the attack with a square drive for a four. Carse went up in a leg-before shout and an England review ensued but the umpire’s call went in favour of Rohit, who crossed 50 with dispatching a short ball from the same bowler for another six, bringing up his half-century off 49 deliveries. The openers registered their 18th century partnership before Rohit pulled Carse for another six while Dhawan finished it off with a four as India won with 31.2 overs to spare.

Earlier, on a pitch that had plenty of bounce and with some swing also on offer, Bumrah rattled England with early strikes, dismissing four of the top six, after England were asked to bat. Having had Jason Roy in trouble with a couple of deliveries swinging in sharply in the second over, he set the dismissal up well, bowling one slightly wide and the batter ended up inside-edging it onto the stumps. Joe Root probably expected the ball to swing in but it held the line and had some extra bounce and the No. 3 outside-edged it to Rishabh Pant. England were in more trouble as Ben Stokes also departed without scoring – the second occasion of three ducks among the top four for England in an ODI – when he got an inside edge to the ‘keeper while trying to defend Shami who came in from round the wicket.

Bumrah bagged his third, getting one to come in to Bairstow, having previously moved the ball away from the batter, and forcing an outside edge. Liam Livingstone also departed for a duck, getting far too much across and exposing his stumps, getting bowled by an in-swinging delivery from Bumrah. Hardik Pandya, who replaced Shami, nearly picked up a wicket in his first over when Jos Buttler rode the bounce and almost chopped it on.

Bumrah, given a fifth straight over, would have picked up the wicket of Moeen Ali had Pant not put down a tough chance down the leg side. Buttler and Moeen played their shots as they tried to build a partnership to resurrect England. They added 27 before Moeen, who played an uppish drive past Prasidh Krishna for a four, chipped a catch back to the bowler soon after. With Buttler getting out to Shami while playing the pull, and Craig Overton being bowled by the same bowler, England were in shambles at 68/8.

That they managed to cross 100 was thanks to a useful ninth wicket association between Willey and Carse. In terms of runs scored (35) and balls faced (41) this was the best partnership in the innings but it came to an end when Carse had no answers to a searing yorker from Bumrah. Topley struck a six off Yuzvendra Chahal but Willey (21), the second highest run-getter in the innings, was bowled by Bumrah, who registered the third best bowling figures for India in ODIs, as the hosts were bowled out inside 26 overs.

Brief scores: England 110 in 25.2 overs (Jos Buttler 32, David Willey 21; Jasprit Bumrah 6-19, Mohammed Shami 3-31) lost to India 114/0 in 18.4 overs (Rohit Sharma 76*, Shikhar Dhawan 31*) by 10 wickets.

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