Under a cloudy sky, Indian pacers created a perfect storm with Jasprit Bumrah at the center of a scintillating performance as England were bundled out for 110 in 25.2 overs at The Oval in the first ODI series in London on Tuesday . Bumrah produced the best figures of his career in ODI cricket, finishing with 6/19 as he produced bounce, swing and stunning yorkers in a starring role.
India captain Rohit Sharma won a good toss and decided to bowl first – a decision his England counterpart Jos Buttler admitted he too would have opted to have the coin fall in his team’s favour.
In no time it became clear why the two captains wanted to bowl first, overtaking England’s top three within six overs of Bumrah. He first dismissed Jason Roy for a five-ball duck, before Joe Root was dismissed for a two-ball duck in the same over.
Mohammed Shami joined in the fun when he dismissed all-rounder Ben Stokes for a golden duck, before Bumrah took his third wicket in Jonny Bairstow (7), with a brilliant catch from wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant.
By the end of the eighth over, England were in trouble at 17/4 in 5.3 overs, having lost half their team. Moeen Ali and Butler tried to repair the damage but their partnership resulted in just 26 runs.
Buttler, however, struggled for some time before pulling a short delivery off Shami at backward square leg, where Suryakumar Yadav took a fine catch to send him back for 30 – the highest individual score of England’s innings.
At 68/8, England were in danger of registering their lowest ODI score, but David Willey and Brydon Cars put on 35 runs for the ninth wicket to put an end to that possibility.
Rohit brought back Bumrah with a fresh start and the pacer blamed Carsey and Willie in successive overs to end England’s struggle.
Brief Scores: England 110 in 25.2 overs (Jos Buttler 30, David Willey 21; Jasprit Bumrah 6/19, Mohammed Shami 3/31)