318’s chase to win first ODI in Pune, England got off to an incredible start, as openers Jonny bairstow (94 out of 66) and Jason roy (46 of 35) beat the Indian bowlers in a first stand of 135 in 14.2 overs. However, once the partnership broke, it was India to the end.
Speaking at a virtual press conference following England’s 66-point loss, Eoin Morgan felt that the line and lengths played by the Indian bowlers did not allow England to escape. He said in this regard:
“India held on and held their lengths very well. I think it’s evident in the way the guys came out. All of our guys were playing offensive shots. I think if we all came out pushing and playing defensive shots then that would have been a problem. “
Bairstow was England’s top scorer with a scintillating 94 on 66 balls. He slammed six fours and seven sixes during his time at the crease. Until he was in the middle, England was in complete control of the proceedings.
However, apart from Bairstow and Roy, no other English batsman could resist Indian bowling’s attack. Newbie fast bowler Prasidh Krishna picked up four wickets, while Shardul Thakur won three as England grouped for 251 in 42.1 overs.
The box office we played on was exceptional: Eoin Morgan
Although England collapsed with the bat in the second half of their pursuit, Eoin Morgan praised the wicket and described it as exceptional. According to the England captain, the wicket had something on the inside for pacers, but once the batsmen got their eye on it was great for beating too.
“The wicket we played on was exceptional. There was something for dressmakers and it was beautiful if you could get your hands on it, ”said Eoin Morgan.
Analyzing what was wrong with his team after a good start, Eoin Morgan stressed that they are not relying on the foundation provided by their openers. The English captain admitted:
“So when obviously Jonny and Jason partnered like they did, the other players tried to do it as well. We made mistakes; India played well. For most of the game we played really well. It’s a shame we weren’t able to build on the bowling unit’s efforts to limit India to just 317, and our two fantastic forerunners, how they played up front. We failed to continue building partnerships from there. That’s what happened.
On a personal level, Morgan’s poor run with the bat during the white ball portion of the tour continued. He was fired for 22 by Thakur after failing to deal with a bouncer.