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India Beat England By 66 Runs To Win The 1ST ODI; Krunal Pandya Sets New World Record

India took a 1-0 lead by defeating England in the 1st ODI (One Day International) of the three-match series. The match took place in Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune,  on 23rd March (Tuesday). 

Shikhar Dhawan was the star performer after he delivered a solid 98; he was named the player of the match. 

Krunal Pandya and Prasidh Krishna finally made their ODI debuts and gave India its victory over the world champions England in the 1st ODI match. Not only that, Krunal Pandya went on to set a new world record by taking only 26 balls to reach half-century on his ODI debut. He dedicated his innings to his late father. 

“I didn’t start well. They went hard, but we took wickets in a cluster. I just wanted to hit good areas. I thought after the third over; I can’t bowl full and hit the good lengths. I want to be called a hit-the-deck bowler, I’m better at it. I will go back, work on my lengths, and come back. I hope I can do it for the team for a long time.” said Prasidh Krishna. 

Recently, India also won the T20I home series against England; it seems like the Indian cricket team really has a solid preparation to win back to back against England. 

“This is one of our sweetest victories in the recent past. It is right up there purely because from 135-1, getting nine wickets is simply outstanding. I am a really, really proud man right now.” said Indian captain Virat Kohli. 

Indian player Shreyas Iyer and England player Sam Billings and Eoin Morgan got injured during the match. Though both Sam and Eoin returned to bat but Shreyas, after dislocating his left shoulder, could not manage to come back to the field. It’s quite doubtful that Shreyas will manage to play for the IPL (Indian Premier League) starting next month. 

The remaining two ODIs in the three-match series will be played in Pune on 26th March and 28th March. Both the matches are scheduled to begin at 1:30 PM (India Time) and 8:00 AM (UK Time). 

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