India vs England, 1st ODI: Prasidh Krishna’s Figures are Best by an Indian Debutante
Prasidh Krishna made a huge impact on his debut as he went onto take four wickets against England in the first ODI in Pune. On his way to this match-winning performance, he also become the first Indian debutante to take four wickets and therefore this was also the best bowling figures by any Indian on ODI debut.
He removed a rampaging Jason Roy to break a 135-run opening stand which threatened to take the game away from India. He then removed Ben Stokes for a single to reduce England to 137/2. But his sucker punch was yet to come. He returned in his last spell to dismiss Sam Billings and then Tom Curran to register a four for.
Earlier India engineered one of the finest comebacks to beat England in the first ODI by 66 runs in Pune. The Men in Blue set England a target of 318 and at one stage the visitors were on course for a huge win. Thanks to opener Jonny Bairstow’s 94 runs, the visitors had a head-start of 135 runs. More than that it came very quickly. Just 14 overs to be precise.
With plenty of wickets and overs in hand, it was England’s game to lose and lose they did! The game started to turn in Shardul Thakur’s second spell where he accounted for three wickets: Bairstow, Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler. Two of them came in the same over. With score reading 176/5, England went into a shell. Debutante Prasidh Krishna, who had gotten India the breakthrough, returned to complete his four-for. And then Bhuvneshwar Kumar struck in quick succession to knock the fight out of England’s chase.
Earlier batting first, India posted a mammoth total of 317/5. After Rohit’s departure, Dhawan took over and alongside Virat Kohli upped India’s scoring rate. Kohli got to his fifty and looked set for that elusive hundred since Nov 2019, but got out for 56. Dhawan looked set for a hundred too but once he reached the nineties he looked a different guy altogether. Runs were hard to come by and later he scooped an easy catch to mid-wicket for 98. Two short of a hundred which would have been nothing short of a statement.