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Shikhar Dhawan’s 98, Krunal Pandya’s record fifty, puts India at 317 for 5

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A compound 98 of Shikhar dhawan and a record fifty per beginner Krunal Pandya saw India register an impressive 317 to 5 in the first ODI against England in Pune.

While Shikhar Dhawan was the top scorer for India, Krunal scored a 26-ball 50 – the fastest by a newbie in ODI.

Shikhar Dhawan and Indian captain Virat kohli (56 of 60) attended a 105-person second-window booth to put India in the driver’s seat.

A flurry of wickets, however, saw India lose itself to an enterprising sixth stand of 112 between KL Rahul and Krunal saw India recover.

Rahul and Pandya joined forces as India was 205 for 5 in the 41st. The beginner displayed his impressive range from the start.

After crushing Sam Curran for three fours in one more, he hammered Mark Wood and Tom Curran for six seconds as India rushed through the slog overs.

21 came out on the 48th over Wood as Krunal went berserk. He ran until he was fifty years old and paid homage to his late father by pointing his bat at the sky.

Rahul was more subdued in comparison, hitting 50 of 39 balls, but he also hit four sixes. Krunal finished undefeated on 58 of 31 (seven four, two six) while Rahul came back undefeated on 62 of 43.

Shikhar Dhawan rides his ruck

Earlier, Shikhar Dhawan was dumped twice and took his chance. The first was a tough chance in the eighth. The southpaw, on the 16th, cut an upside from Sam Curran to the point. Jason Roy flew to his left, but couldn’t hang on.

The second was regulatory. Shikhar Dhawan was on 59 when he dragged one from Adil Rashid straight to Moeen Ali in the deep midwicket, which spoiled the opportunity.

Aside from the two lives, Shikhar Dhawan seemed to be in good contact. India got off to a slow start. They were 15 for no loss after five overs. The southpaw started the swing, cutting and dragging Mark Wood for back-to-back limits in the seventh.

Rohit Sharma also hit two gorgeous four-to-fours off Wood. His heats, however, came to a disappointing end. On the 28th, Sharma edged out a short, wide delivery from Ben Stokes behind the stumps.

However, the Shikhar Dhawan-Kohli partnership has put India in the driver’s seat. Both beaters were extremely tough on the spinners.

Shikhar Dhawan raised his 50s by sweeping Rashid for six long-on left. Kohli found it a bit difficult to choose Rashid from the start. But in the same way, he also caught one off the floor for four to announce his intentions.

Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan had a great time against Moeen Ali. Having just lost the Indian opener, Moeen was hammered for a six on extra cover and a nice leg four assists. It came after a poor pitch from Stokes’ first ball gave India a limit.

Kohli lifted fifty more, leading Rashid to the sweeper’s cover for a single. However, he gave his wicket unusually on 56, whipping Wood directly to Moeen, who was right this time around.

The Indian captain’s wicket was soon followed by Shreyas Iyer (6), who lifted Wood to cover. Shikhar Dhawan crossed a few more limits. But on 98 he shot a short shot from Stokes to Eoin Morgan at midwicket.

Stokes dealt another blow to India, with Hardik Pandya trapped for 1. England were back in the game at 205 for 5, but the counterattacking partnership of Krunal and Rahul carried the India has a score of 317.

Posted on March 23, 2021 at 6:11 PM IST



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