Twitter Reactions: India lynch England to go one up in the ODI series

Rohit's hundred and Kuldeep's six-wicket haul helped India win the game in a one-sided affair.

England v India - 1st ODI: Royal London One-Day Series
Rohit Sharma is congratulated by Virat Kohli. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

An eight-wicket win in ODI cricket with almost 10 overs to spare is a one-sided affair. It wasn’t expected to be such an easy game on a high-scoring venue but Team India choked England to an undersized total. When they walked out to chase down 269 it was all too easy. Rohit Sharma stood there, took his time and then just put up a commanding performance to lead the Indian team to an authoritative victory.

Virat Kohli won the toss and asked England to bat first. Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow had a good start to the innings enjoying the pace Indian bowlers had to offer. But once Kuldeep Yadav was introduced in the attack, things just changed and changed forever. He dismissed Roy in his very first over for 38 and returned to pick another couple of wickets in his next.


Bairstow didn’t read the one that came back into him and was out lbw for 38 as well. Joe Root was hit in front of the stumps from the one that turned into him as well and he had no idea where the ball was going. Yuzvendra Chahal then dismissed Eoin Morgan and Kuldeep returned in his second spell to pick another three wickets.

The left-arm wrist spinner ended his ten overs with a six-wicket haul and spent just 25 runs making it the best bowling figures by an Indian bowler in England. As a result, England were bowled out for 268.

When India walked out to bat, England didn’t have a chinaman in their line-up and no bowler troubled them at all. After the initial couple overs where the ball-shaped just a bit there was no movement and the batsmen stood their ground and played all the kinds of shots, they wanted to. Shikhar Dhawan scored a brisk 40 from 27 balls but miscued one from Moeen Ali. Thereafter Kohli and Rohit had a 167 runs partnership and they commanded Team India towards a huge win.

Rohit got to his 18th ODI hundred en route and Kohli who looked really good to convert his fifty into a big knock was dismissed on75 off an Adil Rashid googly he failed to read. KL Rahul then walked in at 4 and they completed the formality with Rohit remaining unbeaten on 137.

Here is how Twitterati reacted to Team India’s huge win: