After powering India to a mammoth 317, Krunal Pandya was interviewed and he got so emotional after that knock that he broke down while speaking. Krunal became the fastest half-centurion for India on debut as he reached the landmark in just 26 balls. Read more - Skipper's unbeaten Ton ushers NZ to a series-defining win
Recently, Krunal's father had passed away and both the brothers had a period of grief. It was tough for both to make a comeback to cricket, but the brothers performed exceptionally well and dedicaded their performances to their late father.
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Virat Kohli's drought with the toss continued as Eoin Morgan again won the toss and elected to field first. Kohli, however, was delighted to bat first as he said they had 'different plans'. England welcomed Moeen Ali back into the side after dropping him for all five T20Is.
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India, on the other hand, decided to stick with KL Rahul as an opener, dropping Rishabh Pant. Two bowlers, Krunal Pandya and Prasidh Krishna were handed their India caps before the match.
Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan started the innings watchfully as Mark Wood and Sam Curran were getting bounce and swing early on. The duo scored just 10 runs from the first 5 overs.
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Meanwhile, Dhawan brought up his 31st ODI fifty and powered India to in 30 overs. Following this, Kohli and Dhawan changed gears as they picked 15 runs off Moeen Ali's over and Kohli also brought up his 61st ODI fifty.
Just when fans were delighted to see Kohli back in form in the ODIs and cruising towards his 71st ODI hundred, Kohli flicked one off Mark Wood, only to pick Moeen Ali at deep mid-wicket. Shreyas Iyer walked in next and pulled a 146 kph beamer in front of square, winning all the hearts before miscuing one in the air, which led to his dismissal.
Hardik tried to hang around but Ben Stokes got the better of him early. Krunal Pandya and KL Rahul stitched together an outstanding 112 runs partnership at the death to ensure India put a mammoth total of 317 in 50 overs. While KL Rahul scored 62 off 43 balls, Krunal Pandya, the debutant, scored 58 off just 31 balls, scoring the fastest fifty for India on debut (26 balls)