Debutants sink England

Pune, March 23

Debutants Krunal Pandya and Prasidh Krishna made the big stage their own with record-breaking performances to give India a convincing 66-run victory over world champions England in the first ODI of the three-match series here today.

After opener Shikhar Dhawan delivered with a solid 98, Krunal (58 not out off 31) smashed the fastest fifty by a debutant to fire India to 317/5 following England’s decision to field.

At 135/0 in the 15th over, with Jason Roy (46 off 35) and Jonny Bairstow (94 off 55) going strong, England seemed to be running away with the chase before Krishna (4/54) and Shardul Thakur (3/37) helped India script a comeback.

The 25-year-old Krishna’s figures were the best by an Indian debutant as England’s innings ended at 251 in 42.1 overs. “It didn’t start off well, and they came hard at us because we bowled poorly, but we had belief,” said Krishna. “We picked wickets in a cluster and that helped us a lot.”

Krishna, who leaked 37 runs in his first three overs, came back strongly and troubled the batsmen with his ability to generate extra bounce. “I understood after my third over, I can’t bowl full, and then I hit good length areas, and let the ball do the rest,” Krishna added.

Earlier, Dhawan and Virat Kohli (56 off 60) shared 105 runs for the second wicket before Krunal and KL Rahul (62 not out off 43) sent England on a leather hunt with their unbeaten 112-run stand off 57 balls. — PTI

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