India turned the tables in the middle overs after England's early exploits in the run-chase as Shardul Thakur, Prasidh Krishna and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar guided them to a memorable 66-run victory. There were some solid performances from Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul and Krunal Pandya earlier followed by a patient effort from the bowlers. Here's how the match unfolded:
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.
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.
England fielders were spot on since the start. They were diving at the right time and hitting the stumps directly. They had kept Rohit and Shikhar in check in the first 8 overs but Rohit broke shackles, hitting Wood for two consecutive fours in the 9th over.
India were having the upper hand after first 10 overs, as they didn't gave England any chances of taking a wicket. Thus, Eoin Morgan turned to Ben Stokes for the wicket and he delivered. Stokes bowled one wide and short, luring Rohit into hitting the ball. Rohit was surprised by the width and bounce and poked that to the keeper.
In walked Virat Kohli and looked in fine form since ball one. He was driving through covers, pulling through mid-wicket and most importantly, was ticking the scoreboard constantly.
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)
Chasing 318, England went all guns blazing, scoring 89 runs in the first 10 overs. Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy, their opening combo were all over Indian bowlers and didn't give them any chances to get them out.
Bairstow brought up his fifty in 40 balls. However, when things were going South, Kohli turned the debutant and he turned the game on it's head, dismissing Roy and Stokes in quick succession.
India then announced their comeback into the game in style as Shardul Thakur scalped three wickets in a span of 10 balls, dismissing Bairstow, Morgan and Buttler – three crucial players. Moeen Ali and Sam Billings were looking to take the game away from India and then Kohli brought back Krishna into the attack and he striked on the first ball of the spell, sending Billings packing.
Following this, it was a mere formality for Indian bowlers to wrap things up and they completed the victory in style.
Here are the best tweets of the day:
Wicket Takooor ???????? #INDvsENG
— Ashwin ???????? (@ashwinravi99) March 23, 2021
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) March 23, 2021
And the key wicket of Billings! Both men and women on track tonight! What a comeback after the opening act from Roy and Bairstow! #INDvENG
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) March 23, 2021
Every time LORD SHARDUL Taking Wickets for India in Right Time ????????????????????
— Siva Harsha (@SivaHarsha_1) March 23, 2021
— Arpan (@ThatCricketHead) March 23, 2021
LORD SHARDUL SIR ???? he gets the three quick wickets of Bairstow, Morgan and Buttler! Wow wow wow. How quickly this game has changed! ????????????????????????????????????#INDvENG
— Chloe-Amanda Bailey (@ChloeAmandaB) March 23, 2021
Krunal Pandya dedicates 50 on debut to his father, who passed away recently. Some very emotional scenes. He couldn’t get his words together in the post-inns interview. Deserved this hug. #IndvEng pic.twitter.com/mxYtwffl5q
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) March 23, 2021
This is all heart ????????
— BCCI (@BCCI) March 23, 2021