India were on a roll in the first ODI of the three-match series when they chose to bowl first after winning the toss. The fast-bowling duo of Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah put on an exhibition with the new ball as they sent four English batters back to the pavilion within the first six overs. Bumrah opened the floodgates for India as he dismissed Jason Roy in his very first over.
The right-arm quick then shortly accounted for Joe Root with a vicious delivery that took Root by surprise. After Roy and Root were dismissed for ducks, Mohammed Shami got Ben Stokes also for a duck with an absolute jaffa. Shami induced a thick inside edge that flew to Rishabh Pant. Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow tried to implement a rescue act but Bumrah looked unstoppable.
The Indian spearhead dismissed Bairstow with a beautiful delivery. Rishabh Pant held on to a really sharp catch diving to his right, giving India their fifth wicket. Liam Livingstone also could do less as he was cleaned up by Bumrah. It was on captain Buttler to bail England out of trouble which he did to an extent. Buttler formed a small 27-run partnership with Moeen Ali for the sixth wicket.
However, Ali fell cheaply as he chipped a length ball from Prasidh Krishna straight back into the bowler’s hand. David Willey then joined his captain in the middle. The two tried to stick around but Rohit Sharma brought Shami back into the attack who got Buttler. England fell like a peck of cards and were eventually bundled out for a mere 110. Bumrah ended the innings with 6/19, his best bowling figures in ODI cricket.
Now, with the three lions failing to cross 150, Michael Vaughan’s prediction of England scoring 400 in the 1st ODI ahead of the match looked vague and over-ambitious. “England will be strong, the wicket will be flat. England scored 498 against the Netherlands, which won’t be possible against India, but it wouldn’t surprise me to see 400 being scored,” Vaughan had said in an interaction with Cricbuzz.