1st ODI: Kuldeep's 6-wicket haul restricts England to 268
Kuldeep Yadav Photograph: (AFP)
India spinner Kuldeep Yadav picked up his career-best six wickets to ned England's innings at 268 runs in the 1st One Day International (ODI) on Thursday.
The left-arm chinaman bowler displayed a magical spell of wrist spin, to help India draw the first blood in form of Jason Roy for 38 runs.
Yadav continued his attack to take the wickets of Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root for 38 and 3 runs respectively.
The English side was almost derailed after losing their top three players, before Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler (wk) slammed a half-century each tom save the team from drowning.
The took initially took time to settle themselves but later went on to counter the Indian attack.
Stokes played a crucial inning to lift England but consumed 103 balls to make just 50 runs. He became the fifth wicket of Yadav.
Buttler was the fourth wickets of Yadav as he was dismissed after establishing a crucial partnership with Stokes.
Pacer Umesh Yadav also added to England's nightmare by taking two wickets.
Earlier, India won the toss and opted to bowl against England in the 1st ODI of the three-match series. The Men in Blue defeated the English side 2-1 to clinch the trophy in the T20I format.
Talking after the toss, Kohli said, " We are gonna bowl first now. It looks like a hard pitch and doesn't seem like changing much and it looks similar to Manchester. We have chased well so far in the T20Is and with our batting line up, it is a good toss to win. Our strengths are different (to Australia's). We are going to focus on our strengths."
"The two wrist spinners bowling 20 overs in the middle overs are going to play a massive role. We back ourselves to bowl first and let the opposition put a score on the board. Plus knowing that our batting is settled and strong, that forces the opposition to go harder than they should, " he added.
"We will just continue with the patterns that we have followed and back our strengths. I don't think any team are focusing on the rankings at the moment. I am sure England will look to try out new players as well. Look for players who have the character to play in tough situations. We will look to test our bench strength. In India, England gave us a tough time. They are an explosive side and we expect them to come hard at us, " the skipper concluded.
Talking about their strategy for today, England skipper Eoin Morgan, said," We would have liked to chase. The last two times when we have played here we have lost the toss but would try to do exactly the same. The wicket though still looks good."
"Great opportunity to post a good total. Unfortunate, Alex has done his side. How long he is out we don't know. He is going for a scan this afternoon which brings Dawid Malan into the squad. With that change Joe Root goes up to 3 and Stokes at 5 which means we are where we were last summer around this time."
"Ben coming in has given us an extra option with the ball and it looks a balanced side. Joe is hungry for runs. The standards that Joe has set for himself are so high. Although by his standards he has had a quiet period. But his contributions to the team has been excellent but I am sure he will turn a corner and we will see the Joe that we know," he added.
The visitors will look to continue their winning momentum on the foreign soil, while England, on the other hand, are optimistic with the return of Ben Stokes in their squad.