England rock, India roll..

Mae Harvey
July 18, 2018

England won a one-day worldwide cricket series against India for the first time since 2011 after coasting to an impressive eight-wicket win at Headingley on Tuesday (Wednesday NZT).

India got off to a cautious start, reaching 32-1 from 10 overs, after England won the toss on a Headingley wicket that is assisting the spinners.

Earlier, skipper Virat Kohli cracked a strokeful 71 before England dished out some disciplined bowling effort to restrict India to a modest 256 for 8.

Wood said England will be considering the series finale against India tomorrow as a must-win game akin to a World Cup semi-final or final to adapt to pressure situations accordingly.

And with England sources yesterday suggesting the opener was "70-30" not to play in the final match of three, Vince is in line to be drafted in as his replacement for his first ODI since 2016 in Bangladesh.

England rock, India roll..
England rock, India roll..

Mahendra Singh Dhoni was given out in the next over but reprieved on video review. The common denominator in India's three white-ball victories so far has been a centurion in the top three: KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma at Old Trafford and Bristol in the T20Is, and Rohit - backed up by a slick 75 from Virat Kohli - in the first ODI at Trent Bridge.

After the game, Kuldeep said he doesn't believe bowling machines can replicate the variations of a spinner and there is only so much batsmen can learn by watching videos.

Apart from Kuldeep, Umesh bagged couple of wickets leaking 70 runs from his 9.5 overs. He was well supported by pacer Umesh Yadav but the pacer was little expensive.

Despite a deep batting line-up, the hosts' succumbed before the wrist-spinner, who emerged with his best ODI figures at a batting-friendly Nottingham wicket. First, the bowlers leaked few extra runs which helped England post a challenging total and then batsmen failed to rise to the occasion. Bowlers now have to come up with something new to disturb the opponents as Root, Morgan, Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow has already came in form. If top-order clicks middle and lower order fails. Me and Moeen (Ali) kept it tight and got rewards. More than anyone Rashid was responsible for the shackling of the Indian batsmen even though there were more economical bowlers on his side - both David Willey and Mark Wood were bang on target at the beginning and end of the innings.

Skipper Morgan have not used Stokes much in the second ODI. So in the upcoming match, Morgan, who has the penalty of options in in bowling department, mat try all his bowlers to their potential to get the results.

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