Rohit Sharma notched up his 18th One-Day International (ODI) century against England. © BCCI
Rohit Sharma notched up his 18th One-Day International (ODI) century against England in the first match at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Friday. The Mumbai batsman struck 12 boundaries and 3 hits over the fence in his innings to bring up his ton in 82 balls. Chasing a decent target of 269 runs, India lost Shikar Dhawan for 40. Rohit was also involved in two crucial partnerships, as he forged an initial 59-run opening stand with Dhawan — who smashed eight boundaries in his innings before he was sent back by Moeen Ali. Unperturbed by the dismissal, Rohit continued to add woes for the English bowling as he formed a 167-run second wicket stand with skipper Virat Kohli — who scored brilliant 75 runs off 82 balls before falling prey to Adil Rashid. Earlier, Kuldeep Yadav grabbed a superb six-wicket haul as India dismissed England for just 268.
Only a few weeks earlier, on June 19, on the same ground, England compiled a men’s ODI record total of 481 for six against Australia.
It was a different story on Thursday as 23-year-old left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep finished with career ODI-best figures of six for 25.
After Kuldeep had run through England’s top order with a burst of three wickets for five runs in 10 balls, Ben Stokes (50) and Jos Buttler (53) tried to repair the damage with a fifth-wicket stand of 93.
But neither batsman could break the shackles and both eventually fell to Kuldeep.
His return represented just the third time an overseas spinner had taken a five-wicket haul in an ODI in England following Sri Lanka great Muttiah Muralitharan’s five for 34 at Lord’s in 1998 and Suraj Randiv’s five for 42 for India at Old Trafford in 2011.