Wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant took a sensational catch behind the stumps to dismiss Ben Stokes for a duck in the first ODI at Kennington Oval. India Fast bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami clashed with the ball in the powerplay after skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and elected to bowl first.
In the third over of the match, Shami bowled a peach of a ball, which came back as Stokes’ defense failed and threw it behind the stumps to Pant, who caught a one-handed stunner to compliment the bowler’s effort.
A dream start for India.
England got off to a terrific start with the bat on Tuesday as Roy, Root and Stokes went for ducks that put pressure on Jonny Bairstow, who also bowled his wicket for 7. It didn’t stop here as destructive batsman Liam Livingstone also took a long walk. Back to the pavilion after Bumrah was cast for a duck.
Earlier, skipper Rohit won the toss and decided to bowl to take advantage of the early rain conditions and his bowlers did not disappoint him. former captain of india Virat Kohli Shreyas Iyer got a chance in the XI, while pacer Arshdeep Singh also suffered a right abdominal strain to miss the opening match.
“We are going to bowl first. There is some grass cover as well as it is cloudy. I think the sun will come out in some time. We want to score in front of us. Shami, Bumrah – those guys can swing the ball. It is important to take the wickets ahead and put the brakes on the scoring. We understand the importance of playing overseas, we want to do well outside India. Today is no different. We have five batsmen, two all-rounders. Kohli is not playing this game, Shreyas will bat at 3,” Rohit said at the toss.
While Buttler was excited to get his opening players Root, Bairstow and Stokes back after missing out on the T20I series.
“We would have done the same, we would have bowled first. I am learning a lot about myself and my role. Looking at the ODI series, it has been a great learning experience. It’s great to welcome them back. They (Root, Bairstow, Stokes) are some of the best players in the world. There are a lot of selfless players in the team, which will be exactly the same today,” Butler said.