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India vs England, 1st ODI: Krunal Pandya Registers Fastest ODI Fifty for a Player on Debut

Krunal Pandya Registers Fastest ODI Fifty for a Player on Debut  Photo: BCCI

Krunal Pandya Registers Fastest ODI Fifty for a Player on Debut Photo: BCCI

Krunal Pandya remained unbeaten on 58 off 31 balls with the help of seven fours and two sixes, while Rahul, in desperate need of runs and having started uncomfortably, ended with 62 off just 43 balls.

Krunal Pandya came in to bat in the 41st over after the fall of Hardik Pandya, with India in the middle of a rut that saw the team lose four wickets in the space of 36 runs during the 1st ODI at Pune. After a solid start by the Indian top-order, England, won had won the toss and opted to field, arrested India’s momentum with some tidy bowling. Senior Pandya though provided India with the second wind as, along with KL Rahul, he put on 112 runs for the sixth wicket en route to his maiden ODI fifty off just 26 balls, making his effort the fastest half-century in terms of balls for a player on his ODI debut.

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From 205/5 in 40.3 overs, India raced to 317/5. 112 runs came in the final 10 with no wickets lost. Pandya remained unbeaten on 58 off 31 balls with the help of seven fours and two sixes, while Rahul, in desperate need of runs and having started uncomfortably, ended with 62 off just 43 balls.

At the top, Rohit Sharma made 28 off while Virat Kohli made 56 off 60, but the star of the Indian innings was Shikhar Dhawan, who came agonisingly close to his 18th ODI ton, only to be out for 98.

For England, even though Mark Wood started well and took wickets of Kohli and Shreyas Iyer, he ended with forgettable figures of 10-0-75-2. Ben Stokes was the pick of the bowlers returning 3/34 in his eight overs. The spinners were taken for plenty as Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali’s 12 overs combined was taken for 94 runs. Rashid picked up two wickets.

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first published:March 23, 2021, 17:58 IST