Jasprit Bumrah produced his career-best performance in ODIs at Kenning Oval. And helped his team dismiss the host side for a total of 111 runs. He picked up six wickets in his 7.2 overs and gave away just 19 runs.
Winning the toss, Rohit Sharma quoted the pitch and overhead conditions as his reason to bowl first. Bumrah simply proved his captain right.
Bumrah’s great spell with new ball in hand
With the new ball in his hand, Bumrah once again reminded the world why he’s one of the best to have played his format of the game. Making the most of the conditions, Bumrah swung the ball both ways. And kept the batters guessing his next move.
His persistently tight line and excellent control in the swinging conditions fetched him ample wickets in the powerplay itself. He dismissed three out of the four batters for duck in the powerplay.
Bumrah opened his account with the wicket of a struggling Jason Roy. The English opener once again dragged one ball from outside off stump while playing a drive.
The next batter on Bumrah’s list was England’s Test Talisman: Joe Root. The 32-year-old departed for a 2-ball duck in the second over of the match.
Jonny Bairstow, who had opened the batting with Roy, was the third victim of Bumrah’s attack. He was out caught behind as he edged an out-swinging delivery while offering a defensive shot in anticipation of an in-swinging delivery. Bairstow only managed to add seven runs off 20 deliveries.
The fourth wicket that Bumrah claimed in the powerplay was that of Livingstone. The southpaw failed to trouble the scorers and was dismissed by an inswinging yorker that went beneath his legs to disturb the timber.
His last two wickets came in the form of tailenders. He bowled Brydon Carse and David Willey to register his best figures in ODI.
This was also England’s lowest total against India in ODIs.
Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan win the game for India
Rohit and Shikhar completed the remaining job with the bat in hand.
Batting together in the ODI format after a really long gap, the batters steered the Indian inning from start to finish. With Rohit being aggressive of the two, India won the match with 10 wickets to spare.
Rohit Sharma played a fabulous knock of 76 from 58 balls. His inning included 6 fours and 5 sixes. On the other end, Dhawan just anchored the inning and scored 31 off 54.
India chased the total in just 18.2 overs.
Although this series will not impact the World league tally, it will surely help India analyse their squad for the ODI world cup, which is to be played next year.