India beat England by eight wickets at Trent Bridge

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Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma

India continued their excellent start to their tour of England by trashing the hosts by eight wickets in the first ODI at Trent Bridge.

Having wrapped up the T20 series on Sunday, the tourists carried that form across to the 50-over format by producing a dominant display in the series opener in Nottingham.

England would have been happy with their progress in the early exchanges, Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow starting brightly as they added 73 for the first wicket in quick style.

However, when India captain Virat Kohli introduced wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav to the attack the wheels fell off for England.

Jason Roy was first to go, misjudging an attempted reverse sweep, before Joe Root’s struggles continued when he was beaten by another sharp turner from Yadav which wrapped him on the pads when bang in front.

Bairstow and Eoin Morgan soon followed and although Jos Buttler (53) and Ben Stokes (50) battled hard for a partnership 93, Yadav returned to dismiss both.

Some late hitting from Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid managed to haul England to 268 but in truth, that always looked some way short of par and Rohit Sharma and Kohli duly confirmed that suspicion with a ruthless display of batting.

Sharma maintained his stellar run of form, producing a masterful hundred in which he never gave England’s wilting attack a sniff.

He went to three figures with a glorious six down the ground and though Kohli (75) fell short of his own hundred, Sharma ensured there were no slip ups, finishing unbeaten on 137.

England captain Morgan said afterwards: "Lord's will be very similar to Cardiff, so the shift from ground to ground will be important, but that doesn't paper over the fact we need to get better at playing him [Kuldeep].

"When he does bowl well he is very good and he exposes an area of our game we need to improve on, that is a healthy thing.

"It's a chance to improve in this area, however long it takes, between now and the World Cup.

"He did bowl well, we need to clarify and commit to our plans and just be better."

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