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India v England 1st ODI: Morgan’s side beaten despite Bairstow brilliance

England have gone 1-0 down in the three-match ODI series after losing the first by 66 runs in Pune despite a sensational innings from Jonny Bairstow.

Shikhar Dhawan’s 98 and a late flurry from debutant Krunal Pandya helped India make 317/5 from their 50 overs with the tourists being bowled out for 251 in reply.

The ODI series offered the players a change of scenery with all three being played in Pune but it was Eoin Morgan that won the toss again, with the England skipper opting to bowl first.

ODI regulars Joe Root, Jofra Archer, and Chris Woakes were all absent from the side, Moeen Ali returned to the side while Sam Billings was also back involved.

Morgan’s bowlers managed to limit Dhawan and opening partner Rohit Sharma to just 39 runs from the powerplay, with England looking in a good position when Ben Stokes had the latter caught behind.

But Virat Kohli’s arrival at the crease helped India regain momentum, at least until the bowling side wrestled it back off them between overs 30 and 40.

With wickets in hand, however, India let loose in the final 10 and impressive 50s for both KL Rahul and debutant Krunal Pandya took them past 300.

It was an emotional day for Krunal Pandya and his brother Hardik as, having lost their father earlier this year, they played together for their country. The two shared an affecting embrace after Krunal’s brilliant innings on debut.

Fielding injuries to both Billings, who sprained his collar bone diving for a ball on the boundary, and Morgan, who took a ferociously hit drive to the hand at a close extra cover and split the webbing between his right thumb and index finger, have left the tourists waiting on their availability for the second ODI – though both did bat in the first.

For a while, it looked as though they might not have to bat at all because Bairstow and Jason Roy made a frightening start to the England innings.

While India’s tactics are to build slowly and explode late, Morgan’s men go hard from the start and today was no different. Bairstow and Roy played some bruising strokes to move England to 89/0 at the end of the powerplay.

The latter was in particularly impressive nick and carved the Indian attack to all parts. He deserved to bring up three figures but fell just short – finishing with 94 of 66 balls.

When Bairstow was removed England were 169/3 but they failed to capitalise on their position and despite cameos from Moeen and Morgan, were bowled out for 251.

They’ll have a chance to bounce back and level the series on Thursday. Fingers crossed both Morgan and Billings are fit for that one!