The way India had started their innings, nobody thought that will have reached a 336-run total in the first innings. Both Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma departed within the first 10 overs. India struggled to score more than 5 runs per over till now. India skipper, Virat Kohli then joined hands with KL Rahul to lead India’s recovery.
The duo stitched a beautiful 121-run partnership for the third wicket to avoid a collapse. Virat Kohli scored his fifth consecutive half-century in ODIs before Adil Rashid once again accounted for his wicket in the 32nd over. The wicket, however, didn’t affect the run-rate. Rather, it improved a notch higher. Rishabh Pant wreaked havoc, scoring 77 runs off just 40 balls, a knock which was laced with as many as 7 sixes.
KL Rahul continued with his fine form and played another match-defining knock on Friday. The Karnataka batsman scored his fifth international hundred before getting out in the 45th over of the innings. He scored 108 runs off 114 balls, including 7 fours and 2 sixes.
Hardik Pandya played another fine 35-run cameo to take the total to 336 runs in the first innings. England would be disappointed with the way they bowled after getting the early advantage. Reece Topley and Tom Curran picked 2 wickets apiece, while Rashid got the solitary wicket of Virat.
England need 337 runs to win the second ODI and save the series.