Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav bamboozled England batsmen with a mesmerizing spell before Rohit Sharma's sublime century saw India cruise to an eight-wicket victory in the first ODI at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. Kuldeep's career-best figures of 6 for 25 allowed England to only score a modest 268 on good batting conditions.
Once Kohli opted to field, the English script unfolded very much on similar lines with the T20 series, where things went downhill as soon as Kuldeep was introduced into the attack. None of the England batsmen were able to read him and a testimony to that was his brilliant figures of 10-0-25-6, the best ever by any chinaman bowler in the history of ODIs.
He bowled an astounding 38 dot balls and not once was he hit for a boundary. This was Kuldeep's first five-for in ODIs after he had recently achieved the same feat in T20Is during the Manchester encounter. The manner in which Kuldeep set up the match, there was no scoreboard pressure on the Indian batting line-up unlike the last ODI series, where England trampled Australia under a mountain of runs.
Kohli on his part hit eight boundaries and was ready to play the second fiddle during his 47th half century in ODI cricket. The Kohli-Rohit duo added 177 runs in 25.1 overs to seal the issue.
The chase was a stroll in the park for as the runs were knocked off in only 40.1 overs courtesy Rohit's (137 no off 114 balls). It was the opener's 18th ODI hundred, which was beautifully complemented by skipper Virat Kohli (75, 82 balls) as he struck his first 50 plus score of the tour. The Kohli-Rohit duo added 177 runs in 25.1 overs to seal the issue.