After India won the T20 series in England, the focus turned to the One Day Internationals. The first game was at Trent Bridge, and just as Kuldeep Yadav had bamboozled England in the 1st T20, he did the same thing, by ripping the heart out of the England batting line up, taking 6-25 in his 10 overs.
England were bowled out for a sub-par 268, which India chased down in 40 overs, as Rohit Sharma got his second limited overs century in consecutive matches, with a breathtaking 137 not out to guide India to an 8 wicket victory.
We then moved to London, for the 2nd ODI at Lords. England bounced back admirably, to nullify the danger of India’s spinners. Kuldeep, despite taking 3 wickets, had figures of 10-0-68-3. Joe Root returned to his sublime form when he hit a marvellous 113 not out. England posted a very respectable and match wining 322-7.
India were never in the chase, they never looked like increasing the run rate, and a lot of that came down to MS Dhoni, who seemed very reluctant to play aggressively and up the scoring. Dhoni went on to score his 10,000th ODI run in this match, but this was met with very little celebration from the London crowd and even the Indian dressing room, as boos went around the ground for his out of character innings.
England comfortably won the 2nd match by 86 runs and the series tied at 1-1 with one left to play.
The final ODI at Leeds was met with the first overcast conditions in this series. This prompted Eoin Morgan to bowl first upon winning the toss. It worked too. India got off to a slow start and then were unable to push on when Adil Rashid got 3-49 in his 10 overs, and getting the prized scalp of Virat Kohli with a peach of a delivery. Kohli didn’t know what hit him, he was shocked and it was the first time Kohli had been dismissed by a leg spinner. What a moment for Rashid.
Given the trouble England’s spinners did to India, I had high expectations that India’s spinners would do far worse. I was wrong. England comfortably won by 8 wickets and Joe Root continued his good form with his second century in as many games. His mic drop moment as he got to his century at the end of the final ODI was such a lovely moment from a batsman who only ever lets his batting to do the talking. Well played Root.
What impressed me the most about England’s performance in the ODIs was their ability to learn how to play Kuldeep Yadav. South Africa had six ODIs against Yadav and they couldn’t come up with an answer of how to play him. England came up with an answer after 4 games. What does this newfound ability come down to? Player’s own ability? Coaching staff? Technology? All of the above?
England were worthy winners, Joe Root is a class batsman and you can’t keep a good player down. He showed just that with his patient, thought out and positive batting.
The mystery of Kuldeep Yadav has been demystified.