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England batsmen succumb to Kuldeep’s heroics

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India's Kuldeep Yadav (2nd R) celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of England's Jonny Bairstow during the One Day International (ODI) cricket match between England and India at Trent Bridge in Nottingham central England on July 12, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony DEVLIN / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. NO ASSOCIATION WITH DIRECT COMPETITOR OF SPONSOR, PARTNER, OR SUPPLIER OF THE ECB

Nottngham : Kuldeep Yadav’s (6-25) heroic bowling effort restricted England at a moderate 268 runs in the first match of the three ODI series at Tent Bridge here on Thursday.

Despite a deep batting line-up, the hosts’ sucumbbed before Kuldeep, who emerged with his best ODI figures at a batting-friendly Nottingham wicket.

It was Ben Stokes (50) and Jos Buttler (53), who showed some resistence against the visiting bowling attack to push their side to a fighting total.


In reply, openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan (40 runs off 27 balls) provided India a quick start by adding 59 runs before off-spinner Moeen Ali removed Dhawan in the eighth over.

At the end of 25 overs, India managed to reach 169-1 with Rohit batting on 76 runs off 69 balls along with skipper Virat Kohli (57 runs off 60 balls).

Earlier, Put into bat, England was off to a decent start as openers Jason Roy (38) and Jonny Bairstow (38) forged a 73-run partnership for the opening wicket before Kuldeep drew the first blood, dismissing the former in the 11th over.

With just eight runs added on England’s scorecard, Kuldeep struck again to pack back incoming Joe Root (3).

The wrist-spinner made worsened England’s situation when he sent back opener Bairstow, who was caught before the wicket, leaving the hosts reeling at 82-3.

Skipper Eoin Morgan then tried to nurse their inning with Ben Stokes before he became a victim of Yuzvendra Chahal in the 20th over leaving the hosts at 105-4.

Stokes and Buttler then forged a 93-run stand to inch England near the 200-run mark before Kuldeep shot another bullet in oppostion’s line-up.

The spinner scalped his fourth victim as he dismissed Buttler with England’s scorecard readng

198-5. As England managed to another 16 runs to their score, Kuldeep gave another jolt to the hosts after sending back Stokes in the 45th over.

There was no stopping for Kuldeep at a batting paradise Tent Bridge wicket on Thursday as he pounced his another wicket in the same over when David Willey was back to the dressing room after contributing a single run.

Before falling down to Umesh Yadav, Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid, chipped in with 24 and 22 runs while Liam Plunkett respectively while Liam Plunkett contributed with 10 runs to take their side to a competitive total. Apart from Kuldeep, Umesh bagged couple of wickets leaking 70 runs from his 9.5 overs.

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Roy c Yadav b Kuldeep……………38

Bairstow lbw b Kuldeep……………38

Root lbw b Kuldeep…………………..3

Morgan c Raina b Chahal…………19

Stokes c Kaul b Kuldeep…………..50

Buttler c Dhoni b Kuldeep…………53

Ali c Kohli b Yadav……………………24

Willey c Rahul b Kuldeep………….. 1

Rashid c Pandya b Yadav…………22

Plunkett run out (Raina/Dhoni)….10

Wood not out…………………………….0

Extras: (lb 5, w 5)……………………10

Total: (49.5 Overs)…………………268

Bowling: UT Yadav 9.5-0-70-2, S

Kaul 10-0-62-0, YS Chahal 10-0-51-

1, H Pandya 7-0-47-0, Kuldeep

    Yadav 10-0-25-6, SK Raina 3-1-8-0.