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We came third in a two-horse race: Jos Buttler after 10-wicket loss in 1st ODI vs India

"We've got to dust ourselves down quickly," the English captain added.

Saurabh Ganguly Editor

Updated - 13 July 2022 11:49 am

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India were quite clinical with the way they went about their business in the first ODI of the three-match series against England on Sunday. While India won the toss and opted to bowl first at The Oval in London, Jasprit Bumrah was the wrecker-in-chief for the visitors as he dismissed both Jason Roy and Joe Root in his first over to set the tone for the rest of the match. In the next over, his new-ball partner Mohammed Shami joined the party to get rid of Ben Stokes.

The Three Lions could never really recover from their horror start with their captain Jos Buttler ending as their highest run-scorer with a knock of 30. England’s ninth-wicket partnership worth 35 runs between David Willey and Brydon Carse turned out to be their biggest one which itself tells a story. Eventually, England were bowled out of 110 with Bumrah recoding his best-ever bowling figures in ODIs (6/19).

The Mumbai Indians’ pace spearhead added the wickets of Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, David Willey and Brydon Carse to his tally while Shami removed Jos Buttler and Craig Overton other than the wicket of Stokes. Prasidh Krishna was the other successful bowler as he got the wicket of Moeen Ali.

In response to England’s dismal show with the bat, India were dominant with the bat and did not give an inch to their opposition. Rohit Sharma (76*) and Shikhar Dhawan (31*) stitched an unbeaten opening stand that saw the Men in Blue win the match by 10 wickets and take a 1-0 in the three-match series.

Reflecting on the match after their humiliating loss, Jos Buttler said: “We came third in a two-horse race”

“Very tough day to take, but we’ve got to dust ourselves down quickly. Little surprised by the movement, bit muggy. India exposed the conditions superbly. They have bowled really well in the powerplay. It is something we need to discuss and work out. We have some guys in the form of their lives in Tests coming here and getting nicked off,” he added.

Jasprit is a great bowler to come up against. He has bowled fantastically well today and deserves these figures. It is never easy when you are forced to try and force wickets. Isn’t nice when your bowlers have to take as many risks and when you ask so much out of them,” the 31-year-old stated.

The two teams will square off next in the second ODI on Thursday at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground.


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